ENG-10023 - Fiction Through Practice
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2019/20


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2019/20

This module is designed to establish a bridge between the composition and criticism of prose fiction by introducing students to different literary modes through practice. Reading a selection of twentieth-century short stories, the module will look at the major elements of prose fiction (for example voice, narrative structure, evocation of character and place), explore how different writers approach these elements and encourage students to develop them in their own writing. The course will be taught via lectures, reading groups and workshops, in which students will learn about the elements of fiction writing, read and discuss selected short stories, and compose work of their own.

To introduce students to the key characteristics of prose fiction.
To show how the understanding of these characteristics can be employed to explore the meaning of a text.
To provide students with an awareness of the literary traditions to which their writing might respond.
To provide students with an awareness of the contemporary literary context of their own writing.
To introduce an awareness of form and genre to students' own creative writing.
To give students the opportunity to engage with creative as well as critical practice and to begin to explore the relationship between the two.

Intended Learning Outcomes

demonstrate familiarity with the distinctive characteristics of prose fiction (narrative voice, narrative structure, evocation of place etc.): 1,2
write short, creative prose pieces that demonstrate an engagement with the critical questions raised on the module: 1
reflect critically on the creative practice (of themselves and others): 2
show knowledge of the work of a range of authors of short fiction.: 2
demonstrate analytic skills - close reading, description and analysis of form and meaning - using appropriate literary terminology: 2

Study hours

Small group classes: 20 hours
Individual study (reading, tutorial preparation, workshop preparation): 65 hours
Preparation of written assessments: 64 hours
Feedback: 1 hour

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Portfolio weighted 50%
A portfolio of creative writing
Formative exercise that the students are required to complete in order to pass the module. This assesment will take place in the first half of the semester and will require students to give a 1,000 word commentary on part of a short story chosen from those studied in tutorials.

2: Commentary weighted 40%
Critical commentary on the portfolio
A collection of between 3 and 5 short (3,000-word total) extracts or a single short story (2,000 words)

3: Tutorial weighted 10%
Assessment of contribution to tutorials and workshops
A 2,000-word commentary that shows in detail the way in which the student&ęs own work situates itself within the context of a particular literary mode/genre.