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Introduction to Creative Writing (EAS1031)

StaffDr John Clarke - Convenor
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level4
Duration of Module Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

  • To introduce students to some of the key technical and imaginative skills needed to begin writing successful poems and short stories. You will be encouraged to develop a range of imaginative responses to lectures and writing workshops within the framework of creative reading, drafting, discussion and re-writing. The module examines a range of literary devices and techniques employed by contemporary poets and writers of short fiction, which you will explore as models for your own original creative writing.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate an informed appreciation of a range of English language creative writing
  • 2. Demonstrate an understanding of the generic conventions of creative writing, and to the shaping effects of authorship and intended audience
  • 3. Demonstrate a capacity to produce creative writing in a range of styles and genres, in a manner informed by their reading

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Demonstrate an appreciation of formal techniques and imaginative expression in creative writing
  • 5. Demonstrate an ability to produce pieces of creative writing, in agreement with specified forms and genres taught on the module
  • 6. Present persuasive oral arguments concerning their own creative writing and the work of other authors, both peers and published authors
  • 7. Articulate a broad range of appropriate critical and professional terminology

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 8. Through seminar work, demonstrate advanced communication skills, and an ability to work both individually and in groups
  • 9. Through writing essays and creative work, demonstrate appropriate research and bibliographic skills, an advanced capacity to construct a coherent, substantiated argument, advanced skills of creative expression, and a capacity to write clear and correct prose
  • 10. Through research for seminars and essays, demonstrate advanced proficiency in information retrieval and analysis

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Lecture and seminar: 'The Building Blocks of Writing'. Practical writing.
  • Seminar: Group feedback on work in progress.
  • Lecture and seminar: 'Show, Don't Tell'. Practical writing.
  • Seminar: Group feedback on work in progress.
  • Lecture: 'Plot and Narrative'. Practical writing seminar.
  • Seminar: Group feedback on work in progress.
  • Lecture: 'Character'. Practical writing seminar.
  • Seminar: Group feedback on work in progress.
  • Lecture: 'Description'. Practical writing seminar.
  • Seminar: Group feedback on work in progress.
  • Lecture and seminar: 'Style'. Practical writing.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching6Lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching22Seminars
Guided independent study44Study group meetings and preparation
Guided independent study44Seminar preparation (individual)
Guided independent study34Reading, research and assessment preparation

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Portfolio of writingOngoing1-8, 10Oral feedback in seminar with opportunity for office hours follow-up

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Short story451200 words1-5, 9Feedback sheet with opportunity for office hours follow-up
Poetry4530 lines1-5, 9Feedback sheet with opportunity for office hours follow-up
Seminar participation10Continuous1-2, 4, 6-8, 10Oral feedback from tutor and opportunity for office hours follow-up

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Short storyShort story1-5, 9Referral/Deferral period
PoetryPoetry1-5, 9Referral/Deferral period
Seminar participationRepeat study/Mitigation1-2, 4, 6-8, 10Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Staying Alive (ed. Neil Astley. Bloodaxe Books)
  • The Oxford Book of English Short Stories (ed. A. S. Byatt, OUP)

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English, Creative Writing