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Writing from Experience I

Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.


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Course Description

Everyone has a story to tell and writing often comes from personal experience. Life encapsulates a rich source of memories and events. This course embraces themes such as childhood, family, work, dreams, journeys, love, tragedy, humour and obsession in its quest to develop aspects of creative non-fiction. Joining this course will encourage you to unlock some of your memories and help bring them to life in the form of a piece of creative writing, whether it is a story or poem.

Who is this course for?

Anyone who has not yet started to write as well as those who are more experienced. The course tutor is a published writer and will offer you plenty of guidance and encouragement.

Learning and Teaching

Learning and teaching are undertaken by means of small group work. This is a 10-credit course, so there will be two-hour meetings once a week (20 contact hours in all) which will include discussions, exercises (optional), craft lectures and workshops. The aim is ensure that the classes are enjoyable and stimulating for all. You will be expected to write in your own private time, with the guidance of your tutor, and to learn about revision, while at the same time becoming familiar with the fundamental concepts of creative writing.

Coursework and Assessment

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.

There will be no formal examinations. You will be encouraged to write and read examples of your own work to your fellow class members and to comment on their work in turn, in the process sharpening your critical skills. The form your writing takes is for you to decide but your tutor will offer you advice and, depending at what level you are studying, work out a scheme of study with you which is intended to bring out the best in you. The basis of assessment will be a portfolio of creative writing consisting of your best work produced on this module. This portfolio may consist of several separate creative pieces or one piece of extended writing, by prior agreement with the tutor.

Your work will be assessed by your tutor, who will offer you written reports which we hope you will find constructive. The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are flexible and are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.

Reading Suggestions

The course tutor will suggest titles, as appropriate.