Introduction to Creative Writing (EAS1031)

StaffDr Belinda Castles - Lecturer
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level4
Pre-requisitesNone
Co-requisitesNone
Duration of Module Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

Students 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 students will explore as models for their 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

  •         Lecture + Seminar: 'The Building Blocks of Writing' Practical Writing

  •         Seminar: Group Feedback on Work in Progress

  •         Lecture + 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 + Seminar: 'Style' Practical Writing

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

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
281220

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities6Lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities22Seminars
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
90010

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Short story451,200 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
0
0
0

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

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

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Core Reading:

Staying Alive (ed. Neil Astley. Bloodaxe Books)

The Oxford Book of English Short Stories (ed. A.S.Byatt, OUP)

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Over 300 quality interviews with significant international authors:
The Paris Review: http://www.parisreview.com
 

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

2011

Last revision date

February 2012

Key words search

English, Creative Writing