Collecting Words; Creating an Anthology of New Writing ~ Spring 2014


Tutor: Nikki England
Venue: Djanogly Art Gallery- Lakeside Arts Centre (Visual Arts Studio) University Park,Nottingham,NG7 2RD
Time: 10am -3pm
Duration:4 Sessions
FEE: £87.50(£78.75 Concessions) Fee Waived for those on income related benefits or low-income

Course aims:
To collect together a body of creative written work from students on the course, which can be bound in a limited edition printed anthology and published on a specifically created website. The anthology will be ‘launched’ at an event organised by the students with the opportunity (if wanted) to read their work to an audience of friends and family.

Course description:
Following on from Collecting Words; the Art of Creative Writing and running alongside the David Ross Collection exhibition, participants will have the opportunity to create an anthology of their own writing (any genre – poetry, memoir, fiction, lyrics or images, as decided by the group). The collection will be printed in a limited edition booklet and a website, whilst a ‘book launch’ event will give those that want to the opportunity to share their work with an audience.

Any prior knowledge or entry requirements?

No previous experience necessary but priority will be given to students who have previously attended a writing course with the WEA and particularly those on Collecting Words 1; The Art of Creative Writing. A basic understanding of word-processing packages and email is desirable but not essential.

Course content: what topics will the course cover?

• Deciding on a theme

• Collecting and editing material

• Proof Reading

• Booklet design

• Planning the anthology website

• Organising an event

• Reading to an audience

Teaching, learning and assessment methods: tick those to be used 

Group work
Individual work
Project work
Written work
Question and answer
Activity outside class time
Practical work

How will I receive feedback on my learning progress and achievement?

• Discussion during/after exercises

• Group discussions

• Individual tutor feedback verbally or via email as required

• Event feedback and post-event evaluation

Learning outcomes:
These are the intended outcomes and may be revised in discussion with the class. Students are encouraged to think about and identify their own individual outcomes.

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

1. Work as part of a group to produce an anthology of writing.

2. Work as part of a group to make editorial and design decisions

3. Work as part of a group to plan a small event

4. Have increased confidence in reading to an audience

Reading and information sources: Is any reading/preparation essential or desirable?

There is no essential reading or preparation but all reading (particularly of poetry, memoir or short stories and anthologies) is desirable.

Suggestions for progression to further study or for using the skills and knowledge gained:

Further WEA writing courses.

Writing courses from other educational establishments (such as Nottingham University and Nottingham Trent University)

Creative writing competitions

Sound interesting?
Please contact Caroline on 0115 985 8203 or email

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