ENG-20030 - Creative Writing: Poetry & Prose
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2020/21

Developing our own writing (poems and/or prose fiction) provides us with critical insight into our own creative processes, and the processes by which other literary texts are created. This module explores ideas of creativity and the techniques of effective writing. The module is based around lectures and seminar-workshops. You will be producing writing throughout the module, and learning how to give and take constructive critique on your work from your peers and other writers - which will help you shape your writing through revision. At the end of the module, you submit a Portfolio of original writing and a reflective essay on theories of creativity, your creative process and the techniques on display in your Portfolio.

To introduce students to key ideas about the creative processes behind the writing of original texts (poetry and prose).
To enable students to explore the processes of writing original work.
To provide students with understanding and experience of writers& workshops and the giving and receiving of critical feedback among peers.
To extend and enhance students' understanding of literary texts through the production of their own poems.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Write poems or prose pieces and know how they are constructed will be achieved by assessments: 1,2
Show an awareness of characteristics such as form, genre, narrative, mode, voice, imagery, characterisation, dialogue will be achieved by assessments: 1, 2
Reflect critically on the creative process involved in writing poems or prose pieces will be achieved by assessments: 2,3
Demonstrate an understanding of the format, dynamics and purpose of the writers& workshop will be achieved by assessments: 2,3
Employ written and oral communication (including use of the VLE) in giving feedback and critique on other students& writing will be achieved by assessments: 3
Demonstrate a critical appraisal of their own and other students' writing through participation in creative writing workshops and VLE discussion forums will be achieved by assessments: 3

Study hours

Small group workshops: 24 hours
Individual study (preparation for tutorials and workshops): 62 hours
Assessment preparation: 63 hours
Feedback: 1 hour

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Portfolio weighted 50%
Portfolio of original writing.
A range of written work - poetry and/or prose - by the student (nominal word count of 2500 words).

2: Reflective Analysis weighted 30%
Reflective commentary.
Reflective commentary (2000 words) on the creative writing process, incorporating critical reflection on the Portfolio.

3: Class Participation weighted 20%
Class/forum participation.
Based on the student's contribution to the writers' workshops and electronic forums, the mark will take into account evidence of a developing understanding of the workshop format, the quality of their feedback and critique for other participants and of a commitment to using the outcomes of workshop sessions to edit or revise their work.