Publishing Writing A: Developing Literary Journal Skills

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The suite of  “Publishing Writing A-C” modules are 20 credit modules normally available only to those enrolled on the Writing Practice & Study pathway and who are interested in honing their writing and editing skills, are interested in self-publishing and/or who want some work experience in publishing and the creative industries. However, spaces may be available for students outwith the MLitt WPS pathway on Publishing Writing A & C; if you are outside the WPS pathway and are interested in taking these 2 modules, please get in touch with Gail Low. Publishing Writing "A" offers hands-on, practical workshops in writing, editing, critical and analytic seminars in reviewing and a chance to put such skills to work; it helps you develop literary journalistic skills in writing, reading, reviewing and editing that will help you with your own creative work.


  •  2500 word creative non-fiction or personal essay (50%)
  •  four editing exercises using track-changes on word and including 50 words commentary on edited reviews to (20%)
  •  three 650 word reviews of a standard to be published on DURA (Dundee University Review of the Arts; (30%)

Intended learning outcomes

On completion, you should:

  • possess an increased editorial awareness that might inform their own writing
  • have an understanding of the creative non-fiction or the personal essay as a genre
  • have an understanding of reviewing or the review as a genre
  • understand editing and redrafting practices and effects
  • show confident and informed evaluation of their own and others’ work in group sessions and individual tutorials


  • To develop improved and integrated writing  and reading skills for creative  practice
  • To foster literary journalistic skills
  • To further awareness of types of non-fiction forms such as reviews, personal and creative essays
  • To develop an understanding of voice and tone in essays and in creative non-fiction
  • To help develop strategies for creative and critical expression in reviewing and essay writing (for example, editing and redrafting, awareness of the careful selection of vocabulary, awareness of cadence and sentence-by-sentence ordering of all writing).
  • To enable students to be sophisticated readers of their own work and work by others.
  • To enhance students’ reflexivity and their ability to see their own work in the context of existing writing.
  • To foster self-directed learning
  • To encourage an open, critically aware dialogue between student and teacher that is appropriate to postgraduate study.


Dr Gail Low


In addition to face-to-face teaching in seminars and drop-in consultations with tutors, there will be opportunities for writing, editing and feedback both in-class and outwith class time. The module is supported by email and virtual learning platform, allowing for a degree of flexibility.