ENG-20049 - Writing Genre and Mode
Coordinator: James Sheard Tel: +44 1782 7 33302
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

This module is designed to develop and deepen students' understanding of how narrative forms, genres and modes are used in creative writing, and to show where their own writing might focus in their current and future practice as writers. By reading and identifying techniques and tropes, the students will translate this into their own creative practice.

To develop students' understanding of the characteristics of narrative form, genre and poetic mode.
To show how the understanding of these characteristics can be employed to control the structures of pieces of creative writing.
To provide students with an awareness of the developed traditions of genre and mode through focused 'writerly' readings of literary text.
To provide students with an awareness of the traditions and tropes of the literary context of their own writing.
To strengthen the students' engagement with creative as well as critical practice and to further explore the relationship between the two.

Intended Learning Outcomes

demonstrate familiarity with the distinctive tropes and techniques of a genre or mode: 1,2
write creative 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 authors whose practice is relevant to one's own: 2
show an ability to convert an understanding of technique into an ability to deploy technique in one's own practice: 1
demonstrate analytic skills - close reading, description and analysis of form and technique - using appropriate literary terminology: 2

Study hours

Lectures: 6 hours
Small Reading Groups: 6 hours
Exercise Workshops: 6 hours
Open Advice Sessions: 5 hours
Peer Review Workshops: 12 hours
Feedback: 1 hour
Individual study: 72 hours
Workshop/Assessment preparation: 42 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Portfolio weighted 75%
A portfolio of creative writing
A collection of original writing in Prose (2500 words); or Poetry (6-9 poems) demonstrating a creative engagement with a particular genre/mode.

2: Commentary weighted 25%
A commentary on the portfolio
A 2000 word reflective commentary accounting for the creative and critical practices which underly the portfolio work.