Community Learning – Exploring Literature

Course overview

In this 12-week course we will explore different forms of literature, including poetry and short-form prose such as flash fiction and short stories. Classes will be a mix of reading and discussing existing works of literature, learning writing techniques, and creating our own poems and stories. Each session is 2.5 hours long.

Resources will mostly be paper handouts, that can be taken away. There will be optional activities to complete between classes for those who wish to develop their skills further.

This is one of our Community Learning courses.

Our Community Learning programme offers a series of free, government-funded courses to develop skills, knowledge, confidence and improve mental well-being for adults.

Participation can help those managing mental health conditions that have a mild-moderate impact on their day-to-day lives. You need to be aged 19 or over (at the start of the course) AND:

  • employed and earning an annual salary of less than £20,319 or
  • unemployed, in receipt of state benefit and looking for work
  • have a social or emotional difficulty, or challenges with mental health or emotional wellbeing

For further details and terms and conditions, please view our Community Learning page.

The course will run on the following dates:
January 9,16,23,30
February 6,20,27
March 5,12,19

You will learn how to write a poem using simple techniques, the building blocks of a story eg plot and character, and how to make them come to life on the page.

You will discover how to edit and shape your work to be the best it can be. You will also learn about writing for publication and/or performance.

Classes will be interactive and immersive; we will read existing published work together and understand the techniques the poets and authors are using, and then work to given prompts and ideas. You’ll create your own poems and stories, which you may then share with the tutor and the class for feedback.

At the end of the course, students will have created a piece or pieces of work which can be shared, if they would like to, via a live reading at a celebratory end-of-term showcase event at the college, and/or via a printed anthology.

You will need to bring pens and paper with you. All basic materials are provided.

The possibilities are endless, with our Community Learning Classes! If you are eligible, you are welcome to join any of the Community Learning provisions across our organisation.

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  • Flexible start - 12 March 2024
  • 18:00 - 20:30
  • Tuesday
  • 20 Weeks
    • 16-18: Free

      Funded places are available on this course. Read the course description for details.

    • Adult: TBC

      Funded places are available on this course. Read the course description for details.

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