This course has concessions available

Writing in Retirement

Acquire a variety of skills and approaches in a supportive and friendly atmosphere. Active participation is encouraged. Beginners and more experienced writers welcome.

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Who is this course for

No previous knowledge/experience/skills neccessary, but willingness to try, take risks and work in a group.

What does this course cover

Different writing skills will be practised.

The mechanics of writing explained, discussed and practised.

Writings by famous authors will be looked at.

We will also look at writing for competitions.

We will cover planning books of short stories/poems/novels.

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

1. Have greater imaginative and critical awareness.
2. Evaluate your own and other people's writings - differentiate between good and bad writing.
3. Edit your work.
4. Work with others in a group.
5. Write stories, poems, dialogue, autobiography etc
6. Learn how to approach publishers or agents.

What will it be like

1. Assignments by tutor for written exercises in class and homework. 2. Craft of writing taught by way of discussion, handouts (examples by famous writers, practice) 3. Reading aloud of writing done, verbal evaluation, editing your own and other students' writings.
At the start: Tutor will discuss programme and your expectations, needs etc.

On the course: Encourage you to make notes whereby own progress can be assessed. Tutor will do this also.Constant feedback. Students seen individually during class writing assignments. Importance of fellow students' feedback.

At the end: Questionnaire to be completed. Self assessment by fellow students as well as tutor(small groups, individual tutorials).

What else do you need to buy or do

Writing material - paper and pens

File/folder for handouts and notebooks

Cost - minimal
Homework - weekly. Attention will be drawn to useful other courses and workshops, lectures, plays, films, famous writers' books.

What this course could lead to

Try to get published. How to go about this. Persuading publishers to look at your offerings!

Other courses could be considered in the Writing and Publishing section such as weekend workshops, Short Story writing or Writing the City which involves visits to local museums.

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference.   We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.

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