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, with a particular emphasis on the sources and influences of 'new writing'. The module is based around a combination of lectures, reading groups 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.

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 develop students' understanding of the influences and sources which inspire new writing.
To provide students with an enhanced 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 creative work.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Write poems or prose pieces and know how they are constructed: 1
Reflect critically on the creative process involved in writing poems or prose pieces: 2
Demonstrate an understanding of the format, dynamics and purpose of the writers┐ workshop: 2
Demonstrate a critical appraisal of their own writing: 2
Show an awareness of characteristics such as form, genre, narrative, mode, voice, imagery, characterisation, dialogue: 1,2

Study hours

Lectures: 6 hours
Reading Groups: 6 hours
Writers' Workshops: 12 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 80%
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 20%
Reflective commentary.
Reflective commentary (2000 words) on the creative writing process, incorporating critical reflection on the Portfolio.