Creative Writing: Making a Poem (EAS2032)

StaffProfessor Andy Brown - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level6
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 in a Writer’s Journal, developing a project based on your own reading, research and practice. This will develop your processes and techniques of research, writing, drafting, revising, editing, and techniques of poem development. Student participation and commentary is integral to seminars. There will be an emphasis on introducing key concepts in the weekly lectures; developing these concepts and techniques in lively seminar writing workshops; group work, and informal individual presentations in seminars.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. demonstrate a range of creative writing styles and approaches;
  • 2. analyse a range of English language poetry;
  • 3. articulate a knowledge and understanding of creative writing texts, concepts and methodologies;
  • 4. 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: Discipline-specific skills

  • 5. demonstrate an appreciation of formal techniques and imaginative expression in writing poetry;
  • 6. demonstrate an ability to produce pieces of poetry, in agreement with specified forms and techniques taught on the module;
  • 7. present written and oral arguments concerning their own poetry and that of other authors, both peers and published authors;

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 8. through seminar work demonstrate communication skills, and an ability to work both individually and in 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 and organisational skills.

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 Journal’, with assessed 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; 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
Scheduled7Writer's Journal seminars
Guided independent33study group preparation and meetings
Guided Independent 70seminar preparation (individual)
Guided independent157reading, research and journal preparation

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Continuous work on the writer's journalContinuous (60 pages absolute minimum)1-10Tutorial and seminar feedback/ discussion.

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 Journal45Continuous (60 pages absolute minimum)1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up
Finished portfolio of poetry developed from the Writer’s Journal4510 finished poems (minimum 140 lines)1, 4, 5, 6, 10Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up
Seminar Participation10Continuous, to include a presentation on creative work in progress2, 3, 4, 7, 8Tutorial 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 journalWriter's journal (60 pages absolute minimum)1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10Referral/deferral period
Finished sample of poetry developed from the Writer’s Journal10 finished poems (140 lines)1, 4, 5, 6, 10Referral/deferral period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Students 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 Journal. 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 Journal 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

Web based and electronic resources:    Over 300 world-class interviews with authors at: The Paris Review:

Indicative learning resources - Other 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, Creative Writing