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Creative Writing Dissertation (EASM123)

StaffProfessor Sam North - Convenor
Credit Value60
ECTS Value30
NQF Level7
Duration of Module Term 3: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module aims to provide the opportunity for you to pursue a sustained piece of independent writing and research at the end of your MA programme. In consultation with an academic member of staff, you will elect either to write an entirely new piece of creative writing, or to continue a longer piece of work that has already been started in previous modules for example an ongoing novel-in-progress, a screenplay, or a book-length collection of verse. Thereafter you research and write the dissertation, under appropriate academic supervision. The module develops advanced research and writing skills and qualities of independence and active learning.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate an advanced capacity to produce an extended piece of creative writing, as agreed with their supervisor
  • 2. Complete an extended piece of creative writing, if chosen, such as a novel-in-progress, a book-length collection of verse, or a full screenplay
  • 3. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of their chosen form, genre and style of writing
  • 4. Demonstrate an advanced appreciation of appropriate contemporary creative texts and critical concepts and contexts
  • 5. Demonstrate an advanced appreciation and application of research methodologies appropriate to their dissertation writing project

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 6. Demonstrate an advanced and intellectually mature appreciation of formal techniques and imaginative expression in creative writing
  • 7. Present sustained and persuasive written and oral arguments concerning their own creative writing and the work of other authors, both peers and published authors, and to use such ideas relating to their own work to develop their creative ideas
  • 8. Demonstrate an advanced and autonomous understanding of a variety of theoretical positions in the appropriate critical and professional terminology.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 9. Demonstrate advanced research and bibliographic skills, an advanced capacity to construct a coherent, substantiated argument, advanced skills of creative expression, and an advanced capacity to write clearly and imaginatively
  • 10. Demonstrate advanced proficiency in information retrieval and analysis, and other methodological approaches, through research for the dissertation.

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:

You will submit an initial Dissertation Proposal form in term 2, comprising a list of Aims, Objectives, Methods of Working, Initial Bibliography, and outline of Related Contexts. Supervisors will be allocated on the basis of student numbers and proposed forms of writing. After allocation of supervisors, you will have an initial meeting; the first of three supervisions over the course of the project.

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
Scheduled3Supervisions to be arranged by student
Guided independent597Research, reading and preparation of dissertation

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
Portfolio of original, new creative writing as described above 7515000 words 1-3, 6Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up
A critical contextualising essay as described above 255000 words4-5, 7-10Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Portfolio of original, new creative writing as described above Portfolio of original, new creative writing as described above 1-3, 6Referral/Deferral period
A critical contextualising essay as described above A critical contextualising essay as described above 4-5, 7-10Referral/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 50%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of referral will be capped at 50%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

To be developed, under direction, by the student.

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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

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Origin date

October 2011

Last revision date


Key words search

Creative Writing, research