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Creative Writing: Making a Poem (EAS2032)

StaffProfessor Andy Brown - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level5
Co-requisitesStudents taking this module are NOT eligible to take the other Level 2 Creative Writing module ‘Building A Story’.
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks;

Module aims

You will develop a substantial body of your own poetry, alongside a Writer’s 'Project Book', developing a project based on your own reading, research and practice.  It will comprise of an annotated summary of 'what you have researched this term’, including: images, artworks, poetry and poetics, contextual articles, and other materials such as music, art, interviews etc, with an annotated summary of how this gathered material relates to your finished portfolio. Your participation and commentary is integral to seminars. There will be an emphasis on introducing key concepts in the fortnightly lectures; developing these concepts and techniques in lively weekly seminar writing workshops; group work, and informal individual presentations in seminars.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate an appreciation of formal techniques and imaginative expression in writing poetry
  • 2. Demonstrate an ability to produce pieces of poetry, in agreement with specified forms and techniques taught on the module
  • 3. Present written and oral arguments concerning their own poetry and that of other authors, both peers and published authors

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Demonstrate a range of creative writing styles and approaches
  • 5. Analyse a range of English poetry
  • 6. Articulate a knowledge and understanding of creative writing texts, concepts, and methodologies
  • 7. Demonstrate rhetorical skills of effective communication and argument, both written and oral, with a broad range of vocabulary and an appropriate critical and professional terminology

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 8. Through seminar work demonstrate communication skills, and an ability to work individually and in online groups
  • 9. Demonstrate appropriate research and bibliographic skills, a capacity to construct a coherent, substantiated argument, skills of creative expression and a capacity to write clear and correct prose
  • 10. Demonstrate proficiency in time-management, organisational skills and use of online platforms

Syllabus plan

The module is delivered in a combination of fortnightly one-hour lectures, followed by a weekly two-hour seminar.  In addition, fortnightly workshops will be dedicated to discussion of reading, journal-production and the development of coherent writing projects in a ‘Writer’s Project Workbook’, with unassessed presentations to peers.

The syllabus is focused on the techniques of writing poetry and, through various examples drawn from contemporary poetry, will include lectures on phrasing, line and stanzas; figurative language; voice; rhythm and measure; the music of a poem; poems written in sequence; narrative poetry; and building a body of work.

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 Teaching66 x 1 hour lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching2211 x 2 hour seminars
Scheduled Learning and Teaching55 x Writer's 'Project Book' seminars
Guided Independent Study40Study group preparation and meetings
Guided Independent Study70Seminar preparation (individual)
Guided Independent Study157Reading, research and project book preparation

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method

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
Writer's Project Book (submitted at the end of term)20Continuous (20 pages)1-7, 9-10Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up
Finished portfolio of poetry developed from the Project Book (submitted exams week)7010 finished poems (140-175 lines)1, 2, 4, 7, 10Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up
Module Participation10Continuous8Tutorial feedback and follow-up

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Writer's Project Book (20 pages)Writer's Project Book (20 pages)1-7, 9, 10Referral/Deferral period
Finished sample of poetry developed from the Writer’s Project Book (10 finished poems, 140-175 lines)Finished sample of poetry developed from the Writer’s Project Book (10 finished poems, 140-175 lines)1, 2 , 4, 7, 10Referral/Deferral period
Module participation Repeat study or mitigation8Referral/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

Set text:

  • STAYING ALIVE ed. Neil Astley (Bloodaxe Books)
  • You must develop YOUR OWN reading list for this module, based on your personal interests relevant to the project you are developing in your Writer’s Project Book. This should come from a range of modern poetry by individual authors of your own choosing. You are expected to keep a detailed record of this in your assessed Project Book and to report on it in seminars.
  • Individual seminar tutors will set their own set texts for their seminar groups. This information will be made available to you prior to the course. In addition, some material for lectures will be made available on ELE, including:
  • Dalton, Amanda. ‘Room of Leaves’ in How to Disappear (Bloodaxe, 1999)
  • Kennard, Luke. ‘The Murderer’ in The Harbour Beyond the Movie (Salt, 2007)

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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

Students should also regularly read magazines in the library that publish contemporary poetry, such as:

  • Agenda
  • Granta
  • London Review of Books
  • Paris Review
  • Poetry (Chicago)
  • Poetry Review
  • Stand
  • Times Literary Supplement
  • Wasafiri, and others

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English, Poetry, Creative Writing