Creative Writing:Catching and Keeping your Readers' Interest

Workshop activities on elements of poetry, memoir and short-story writing will feed into discussions about your own and others' writing.

Tue, 14 Jan 2020
1:00PM - 3:30PM
Nottingham Mechanics Institute
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Fee £90.00
Workshop activities on elements of poetry, memoir and short-story writing will feed into discussions about your own and others' writing. Particular emphasis will be placed on exploring different ways to hook your readers' interest and keep them wanting more. Working to individual levels and interests, you will work through a series of practical workshops. We will look at creating characters, developing plot and using different settings and styles to tell your stories. There will be a mix between creative writing exercises encouraging you to develop your own writing style, and workshops, where you will be supported to share and constructively critique writing produced by others. Everyone will be encouraged to share their writing but nobody will be expected to read their work until they are ready to do so. A relaxed, informal course with emphasis on encouraging confidence and enjoyment.
Course aim
Explore the art of poetry, fiction and memoir writing, building creative writing confidence and skills; examine a range of creative writing ideas, techniques, styles and exercises and experiment with ways to catch and keep your readers' interest.
Do I need any particular skills or experience?
This course is suitable for beginners and improvers.
By the end of the course I should be able to:
Write a short piece (poetry, memoir or fiction) that is aimed at a particular group of readers.
Explain and use 'hooks' to keep your readers engaged.
Complete and edit a piece of written work (poetry, memoir or fiction)
Read your own and others’ work critically and analytically and have confidence in your ability to do this.
How will I be taught?
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?
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
What else do I need to know?
A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
Pre-course work, reading and information sources:
No pre reading or pre course work is required
No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
What can I do next?
Progress to another WEA course
Progress to a course with another provider
Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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