Tell your story with the WEA

Whether you are just starting out as a budding writer, or already have lots of experience expressing yourself through writing, our creative writing courses will provide you with a platform to develop your talent. All our creative writing courses look at different audiences and genres such as scriptwriting, non-fiction and poetry. 

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You can choose to tap into your storytelling abilities alongside other creative writers in a fun and supportive environment, telling your story through your very own writing style. You’ll have the opportunity to explore what it is that you want to write about as well as time to investigate how to find your own voice and the style that you want to write in. 

Our poetry courses immerse you in the works of famous poets and literary greats, exploring the techniques they use and their famous pieces of work. All this acts as the perfect inspiration for when you craft your own style. This learning style means you build the core foundations to progress further, becoming a better writer in the process. 

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Whether you prefer online creative classes or learning face to face in a venue, we have something for everyone to choose from. Our learning experience is one of the things that sets us apart, with many of our learners going on to achieve incredible things.  

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You'll get support from your tutor whichever option you choose, as well as the opportunity to build a network of peers who have a passion for creative writing just like you.  

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Literature: Take a Picture – Tell its Story

Take a Picture , this time with a broad ‘Summer Theme’- Tell Its Story, a fun, friendly and structured approach to aid you in finding inspiration, putting pen paper and get writing. Every picture tells a story, so we put the focus on getting creative and being inspired by a variety of pictures (ideally taken by yourself with a different theme to prompt us each session). We apply some key hints, tricks and craft to our writing which could be inspired by memory found in fact, fiction or somewhere in between - developing ideas throughout each session.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 04/06/2024 -
Tue 02/07/2024
Times:
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
George Cromack
Course code:
Q00013797
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
8 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.00

Creative Writing: Introduction To Creative Writing – Beginners

Anyone can write. If you have competence in English skills then this 6 week online course is for you. Perhaps you never got around to pursuing creative writing after leaving education. Maybe you’re attempting to get into it now but find yourself a little lost. Following a warm welcome into a studious and supportive classroom community, a variety of engaging activities – both solo and collaborative – will help you improve skills, gain confidence, and achieve your goals. A range of multimedia references and utilities will be implemented throughout the course, complimenting a weekly extracurricular routine and active learning environment. You will also receive feedback and constructive critique from the tutor and your peers per the exercises and your desired guidance as well as support toward publication upon request.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 04/06/2024 -
Tue 16/07/2024
Times:
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Michelle Lee
Course code:
Q00014694
How you'll learn:
Online
Status:
Waiting list (Join waiting list)
Fee range
Free to £51.80

Creative Writing: Return of the Writer’s Roulette Workshops

The return of this fun, friendly and structured approach to aid you in finding inspiration, putting pen paper and get writing as we let fate guide us! We let the 'hand of fate' take us on a fresh approach to finding & maintaining that vital spark of inspiration, motivation to write fiction. A spin of the wheel will decide the subject area for the week in a fun and friendly chance to meet and share ideas with others, exploring useful tricks and tips - whilst importantly gaining some knowledge in he ways of story craft, developing some genuine writing skills and getting writing!

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 06/06/2024 -
Thu 04/07/2024
Times:
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Stephen Joseph Theatre (Scarborough)
Westborough
Scarborough
YO11 1JW
Tutor:
George Cromack
Course code:
Q00013838
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £42.00

Women Trade Unionists - Writing for Change

With Guest Speaker Sue Dockett. We will discuss women involved in developing the voice of women in trade unionism and how they used the media to further their cause. We will also discuss how we can effectively use today's media to counter misinformation about trade unions and workers' rights.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 12/06/2024 -
Wed 12/06/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Guest Speaker
Course code:
Q00015642
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £4.20

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12 months
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Creative Writing: Boost Your Creative Writing

Calling all fiction writers! Get inspired, get motivated, get writing more! Join this fantastic six week course to explore different writing forms and enjoy the structure and discipline of a regular class and share your writing with your peers if you wish. Who is it for: For writers who have started writing! Writing fiction, short or long form. If you’ve started writing but could do with the structure and discipline of a regular class, then this is the class for you! We’ll read a variety of stories, have a spotlight on craft each and write and share (if you want) our work in class. We’ll look at different forms of writing – short story, flash fiction, micro and vignette. Get inspired, get motivated, get writing more!

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 12/06/2024 -
Wed 17/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 11:30am
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Nicola Torode
Course code:
Q00016248
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.30

Creative Writing: Writing Food

All budding writers are welcome to join this fascinating one off creative writing workshop. Midweek chicken dinner, a table for two overlooking the Med, fancy family gatherings? Many tales waiting to be told involve food! By close reading of extracts from published authors such as by Olia Hercules, Banana Yoshimoto and Nigel Slater, we’ll explore writing techniques and imagery to get our food stories onto the page. This workshop consists of a blend of activities: writing exercises to practice your craft; close reading of extracts from published inspirational writers and teaching points on creative writing techniques. There is an opportunity to share your fresh words in small groups and receive gentle, appreciative feedback. You’ll leave feeling hungry to write more!

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 13/06/2024 -
Thu 13/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Nicola Torode
Course code:
Q00016406
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £8.40

Creative Writing: Creative Writing Group –  Sense of Place: Showing & Telling, part 2

Practice techniques for creating short stories, true or untrue. This is a continuation of the previous Friday morning course, though it is not necessary to have attended that course in order to do this one. We'll apply the principles of short fiction to our writing, with the focus this term on thinking about how point-of-view impacts on structure. There will be writing exercises, discussions, an optional weekly homework task and feedback. Guidance on feedback techniques will be provided. The course content has flexibility, and will be adapted to suit the needs of the group. Suitable for improvers. This course uses the same content as the Thursday morning fortnightly course, Sense of Place: Showing & Telling, and the Thursday morning course, Sense of Place: Showing & Telling.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 14/06/2024 -
Fri 26/07/2024
Times:
11:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Catherine Humphris
Course code:
Q00014014
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
Waiting list (Join waiting list)
Fee range
Free to £44.40

Creative Writing: Freefall: Writing Contemporary Poetry

This five week series of workshops continues Stephen Smith’s popular courses on writing contemporary poetry. These workshops will concentrate on the subject of free-verse and will explore a variety of techniques associated with the genre over the last one hundred years. Each workshop will focus on an important element of free-verse technique and will enable each student to produce the first draft of a poem, which utilises that technique. By the end of the course, each student will have written at least three poems, which they will be encouraged to share with each other in a final session that will explore how to edit and to read.

Course Information

Dates:
Sat 22/06/2024 -
Sat 20/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Stephen Smith
Course code:
Q00015385
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.00

Creative Writing: Writing Your First Novel: Getting Your Work Published

This course is a follow on to the previous ‘Writing Your First Novel’ courses but is also suitable for newly enrolling students with experience writing fiction and a manuscript that they wish to submit to agents and publishers. 'Writing your first Novel: Getting Published' is all about the various elements that writers need to be aware of when considering their writing work for submission in today’s market. The course is designed to allow student’s work to stand out in the competitive publishing market by ensuring that industry standards are met and maximise their opportunity of being noticed by a literary agent of publisher.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 11/07/2024 -
Thu 01/08/2024
Times:
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Craig Rickard
Course code:
Q00015275
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £29.60

Creative Writing: Writing for Wellbeing: Getting Started

If you would like to learn how to use creative writing in a fun way to support your wellbeing and are interested in developing skills to express your thoughts and feelings, then this friendly and supportive course is the perfect course to get you started. Creative writing is an effective and rewarding way to develop your self-expression and a great way to make space and time for personal reflection. It can enable you to re-connect with both your creativity and learning. It has been shown that exploring creativity with words and the use of writing games can help us gain insight and perspective on our lives and can build confidence and stimulate problem solving. During this friendly and supportive course, you will develop some of these fun approaches to creative writing.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 12/07/2024 -
Fri 12/07/2024
Times:
10:30am - 2:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
ClayTAWC Ltd (St. Austell)
Fore Street
St. Dennis
St. Austell
PL26 8AF
Tutor:
Heather White
Course code:
Q00014576
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £16.80