Serious Play: Creative Writing Workshop (EAS3134)

StaffProfessor Andy Brown - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesCreative Writing Level 2 Module (or some previous creative writing experience, in this case work must be submitted beforehand to ascertain suitability)
Co-requisitesNone
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This course aims to develop an advanced understanding of varied technical and imaginative approaches to writing Contemporary Poetry in a range of non-traditional forms. The emphasis is on experiment, testing the boundaries of your approaches to creative writing, and the ‘serious play’ of developing a meaningful writing project.

Teaching is by weekly two-hour creative writing workshop, plus a 1-hour workshop for technical close reading, discussion and presentation of portfolios-in-development. Student participation and peer commentary on individual writing projects constitutes an integral part of teaching and learning, as the tutor's role will be that of a facilitator. There will be an emphasis on technical, stylistic and thematic approaches, workshopping creative writing techniques, group work, and critical feedback.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. demonstrate an informed appreciation of a wide 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;
  • 4. analyse and critically examine, at an advanced level, diverse forms of writing and the devices used therein;

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 5. demonstrate an advanced appreciation of formal techniques and imaginative expression in creative writing;
  • 6. demonstrate an advanced ability to produce pieces of creative writing, in agreement with specified forms and genres taught on the module;
  • 7. analyse and critically examine, at an advanced level, diverse forms of writing;
  • 8. present persuasive written and oral arguments concerning their own creative writing and the work of other authors, both peers and published authors;
  • 9. demonstrate an advanced understanding of a variety of theoretical positions;
  • 10. articulate a broad range of appropriate critical and professional terminology;

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 11. through seminar work, demonstrate advanced communication skills, and an ability to work both individually and in groups;
  • 12. 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;
  • 13. through research for seminars and essays, demonstrate advanced proficiency in information retrieval and analysis.

Syllabus plan

 Week 1:   Poetry Writing Workshop

                + Technical close reading workshop

 Week 2:  Poetry Writing Workshop

                + Technical close reading workshop                                                           

 Week 3:  Poetry Writing Workshop

                + Technical close reading workshop

 Week 4:  Poetry Writing Workshop

                + Technical close reading workshop

 Week 5:  Poetry Writing Workshop

                + Technical close reading workshop

 

 Week 6:  Non-teaching week. Developing your portfolio of poems.

                Submit statement of close reading.

 

 Week 7:  Prose Poetry Workshop

                Formative Portfolio presentations

 Week 8:  Prose Poetry Workshop

               Formative Portfolio presentations

 Week 9:  Poetry Writing Workshop

               Formative Portfolio presentations.

Week 10: Poetry Writing Workshop

               Formative Portfolio presentations.

Week 11: Poetry Writing Workshop

               Formative Portfolio presentations.

Week 12: Poetry Writing Workshop

                Formative Portfolio presentations.

 

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

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
332670

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities33workshops
Guided independent study267reading, research and writing preparation

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Weekly examples of original poetry in draft formin-seminar1-12Verbal and peer, with opportunity for tutorial follow-up.
Formative presentations of portfolio project in developmentin-seminar1-12Verbal and peer, with opportunity for tutorial follow-up.
Formative exercises of Technical Close Reading of published and student’s own poemsin-seminar1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11Verbal and peer, with opportunity for tutorial follow-up.

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
10000

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Portfolio of original poetry75250 lines1-3, 5-6, 12Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up.
Critical statement of technical close reading (relating 2 published poets’ work to at least 2 of student’s own poems)252000 words4, 7-10, 13Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up.
0
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
Portfolio of original poetry Portfolio of original poetry1-3, 5-6, 12Referral/deferral period
Self-reflexive critical statement/ manifestoSelf-reflexive critical statement/ manifesto4, 7-10, 13Referral/deferral period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Core Reading:

Students are expected to develop a reading list of contemporary poetry of their own for this course. For the critical statement of technical close reading, students are expected to read and analyse the work of at least two contemporary published poets in comparison with their own writing.

The set texts are:

Clements, Brian and Dunham, Jamey. eds. An Introduction to the Prose Poem (Firewheel Editions, 2009).

Lehman, David. Great American Prose Poems (Simon & Schuster, 2003)

Lumsden, Roddy. Ed. Identity Parade: New British & Irish Poets. (Bloodaxe Books, 2010)

Secondary Reading:

Monson, Jane. Ed. This Line is Not for Turning, (Cinnamon, 2015)

Students may find their tutor's most recent book useful:

Brown, Andy. Exurbia (Worple Press, 2014)

Students are expected to engage with a range of literary magazines in Exeter University Library:

Agenda, American Poetry Review, Hudson Review, Kunapipi, Modern Poetry in Translation, Overland, Paris Review, Parnassus, PN Review, Poetry Chicago, Stand Magazine, Wasafiri

Over 300 quality interviews with significant international authors:

The Paris Review: http://www.parisreview.com

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

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

Literary magazines in Exeter University Library:

Agenda, American Poetry Review, Hudson Review, Kunapipi, Modern Poetry in Translation, Overland, Paris Review, Parnassus, PN Review, Poetry Chicago, Stand Magazine, Wasafiri

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

01/10/2011

Last revision date

19/08/2016

Key words search

English, Literature, Creative Writing