Creative Writing Workshop - Reigate Branch

Ref: C3745739

Enjoy developing and channeling your writing ability. All stages; beginners are welcome. All forms are included - poetry, novels, short stories, plays, articles, memoirs. We will discuss many aspects of writing, such as getting started, shaping stories, poetry, creating characters,and publication, We will have short writing projects during the sessions. There will be reading and discussion of members’ work in a friendly,and constructive setting

Course aim

To help develop creative writing ability. The emphasis is on individual development. All forms are included – novels, plays, poems, short stories, autobiography, feature articles. Also to develop ability to assess your own and other students’ work

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
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • The only qualification is an interest in creative writing and developing your skills

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

  • Show development of writing skills
  • Write in a chosen form or a variety of forms
  • Progress ability to assess your own work
  • Learn how to present work for publication, if desired

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
  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • Your tutor will provide written, text and audio feedback recorded in WEA Canvas, WEA’s digital learning platform.
  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • 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
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress
  • Most of the course will consist of reading and discussion of your work in a friendly and constructive setting and discussion of various aspects of writing, which will be supported by additions such as copies of handous and projects via Zoom and in some cases Canvas

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 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
  • The only materials you need are pen or pencil and paper and, optionally, work in progress to discuss

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Reading widely is usually one of the best ways of stimulating creative writing. Internet or other research, if it is relevant to your type of writing and practice in writing in the form of your choice

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • If you wish, you can become involved in WEA voluntary work, progress to higher education or work on publishing possibilities

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Creative Writing Workshop - Reigate Branch

Enrolment 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 have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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