Deciding on Writing - EN41004

Quick Facts

  • Level 4
  • 30 Credits
  • Semester 1
  • 24 places
  • English and Creative Writing pathway core module
  • English - School of Humanities
  • Coursework 100%
  • English and Creative Writing pathway only.

Module Details

Creative Writing Word CloudThis module is based on the method of workshopping pioneered in the well-known Iowa Programme in Creative Writing founded in post-war America and which has been adopted by many writing programmes worldwide. 

You will present sizable portions of a manuscript in process for comment and discussion in the classroom, thus fostering greater creative and critical insight into the work, also promoting an awareness of audience. Editing and rewriting is carried out subsequent to the process. 

You should have the confidence and critical knowledge to experiment and challenge conventions.

Convenor

Professor Kirsty Gunn

Teaching staff

Dr Gail Low

Dr Aliki Varvogli

Mr Eddie Small

Teaching

Face-to-face teaching in workshops and seminars and consultation supplemented by self-start writing and "Open Door" sessions providing 33 contact hours.

This module will be delivered by:

  • 5 x four-hour Workshops,
  • 4 x two-hour Critical Seminars,
  • 1 x two-hour optional Final Remarks Seminar

Coursework is 100% consisting of:

  • Folio of single piece of finished work (4,000 words), prose or poetry or drama - independently developed from writing produced for and analysed in workshops with consideration of lessons learned in critical seminars.
  • The folio is worth 50% of the module mark.
  • Critical Essay (3,000 words) setting creative work in relation to other creative and critical work so as to make apparent the student's reflection on the process of reading and writing.  Students must exhibit an awareness of work other than their own, and be able to set that alongside their own work.  Such an essay may be written as creative nonfiction; however, supporting research by way of a range of secondary and critical reading, and in consideration of the lessons learned in creative workshops, should be evident.  The submitted writing should be of an appropriate discursive standard and references and footnoting conventions need to be observed. 
  • The critical essay is worth 50% of the module mark.

 

Assessment

Coursework makes up 100% of the assessment consisting of:

  • Folio of single piece of finished work (4,000 words) - prose or poetry or drama - independently developed from writing produced for and anlaysed  in workshops with consideration of lessons learned in critical seminars.  The folio is worth 50% of the module mark.

The following has been updated for 2015/16.

  • Critical Essay (3,000 words) setting creative work in relation to other creative and critical work so as to make apparent the student's reflection on the process of reading and writing.  Students must exhibit an awareness of work other than their own, and be able to set that alongside their own work.  Such an essay may be written as creative nonfiction; however, supporting research by way of a range of secondary and critical reading, and in consideration of the lessons learned in creative workshops, should be evident.  The submitted writing should be on an appropriate discursive standard and references and footnoting conventions need to be observed.  This essay is with 50% of the module mark.

Reading

Every student will be given their own individual reading list to be confirmed by the Module Convenor.

Access the online reading list system

Module Aims

The aims of this module are:

  • to develop Creative Writing as an element of the study of English Literature and as part of a joint degree in English and Creative Writing extending, concepts learned in the Years 2 and 3 Creative Writing modules.
  • to identify areas of strength, in terms of student's choice of a single and substantive piece of unified work to develop creatively in tandem with a researched and relevant reflective critical essay.
  • to develop independent student writing practice via workshops and writing time along with the extension and development of reading and study skills in relation to thematic content and/or poetics and aesthetics.
  • to foster open dialogue between student, fellow students and tutors in the process of refining writing skills for further creative practice.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of this module students should be able to:

  • Show confident and informed evaluation of their own writing in the context of a study of literature and a creative practice that extends, concepts learnt in the Years 2 and 3 Creative Witing modules,
  • Demonstrate an ability with a single extended piece of work and the capacity to make objective decisions as to how best to improve that substantive work, both creatively and critically, and develop reading towards that end.  The choices made and the reading undertaking should be evident in the critical and reflective essay.
  • Produce regular work weekly throughout the semester, in workshops, seminars and independently, that shoes a facility for redrafting and editing, and knowledge of a critical context for the submitted creative work,
  • Show confident and informed evaluation of their own and others work in group sessions.