Creative Writing

Ref: C2344376

Do you write, or do you wish to write? This online course is based around developing your writing skills, techniques, and abilities. Taught by a published writer, it enables you to experiment creative writing via exercises in poetry and prose, and supportive group discussion. The class is taught on Zoom and course documents are available on the WEA's digital platform, Canvas. So come along, have fun with writing, and develop your talents alongside like minded people.

Course aim

This online course is based on creative writing students developing their skills, techniques, and knowledge via exercises and discussions taught by a published writer. It is open to writers at every stage in their development.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Outline and develop images of people and places, devising ways in which these will make the most of your narratives.
  • Apply techniques using colour, texture, sound and sense to the stories and poems that are being worked on.
  • Express the way in which characters' moods and emotions can be conveyed using dialogue.
  • Distinguish which elements create a memorable poetic image, using 'filmic' ideas and techniques.
  • Apply editing, polishing, and crafting techniques to whatever it is you are writing.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • Sessions on Zoom, support and module information on Canvas.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be able to keep a record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas.
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • Please get used to keeping a writer's notebook or journal, using whatever form, digital or paper, works best for you.

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • Please bring all drafts of work in progress, plus your writer's notebook/ journal to each session.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You will have access to course resources and links to wider learning through the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Each session will begin with five minutes 'sharing time' for WEA and artistic opportunities, plus discussion of books read, things watched, and elements found out. No pre-course formal reading, Tutor's current books: Brand New Beat: Stories/ Mr Bowlly Regrets: Poems, King's England, 2017.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • You may wish to keep writing and send work out for consideration of publication, should you so desire.

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Creative Writing

Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2020
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions
  • I declare that the address I have provided is correct and that I will provide evidence of this and my eligibility to live and work in the UK

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