Module code: ELI2018

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

LUHNING HR Dr (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 5

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 22

Independent Study Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 11

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Students must be enrolled in the English and Creative Writing programme, or be taking Creative Writing as their minor pathway or have completed at least one previous Creative Writing module at the University of Surrey. At the discretion of the module leader students who have not previously completed a Creative Writing module at the University of Surrey but who submit to the module leader a portfolio of 1000-1500 words of creative writing (poetry, prose, screenplay or dramatic script) may also be admitted to this module.   This module has a capped number and may not be available to ERASMUS and other international exchange students. Please check with the departmental exchange coordinator.  

Module overview

This module aims to explore various modes of storytelling in a contemporary context, with a view to developing narrative skills. The course will engage with contemporary fiction, poetry, non-fiction, film, and theatre and will aim to investigate and understand the multiple ways readers and writers engage with storytelling and narrative. There will be lectures on each topic, with workshop-style seminars that require students to engage with and analyse their own writing and the writing of others, with the aim of helping students to hone their ability to edit and create.

Module aims

Explore the relationship between critical analysis and creative practice in a variety of contexts

Encourage students to reflect on the demands of narrative structure

Building on the concepts and resources introduced at level one, this module is designed to help students to:

Further develop their confidence and experience in producing effective creative writing

Heighten their awareness of the stylistic and technical considerations involved in text production

Enhance their ability to examine their own work critically and have a better understanding of the processes of editing and revision

Develop the ability to formulate their creative aims more clearly and effectively

Introduce students to the work of contemporary practitioners who work in a variety of narrative and storytelling mediums

Further build editing and workshopping skills

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Reflect on the relationship between creative practice and critical and theoretical approaches to the text
Draw on their creative practice to inform their critical thinking, and vice versa
Write competently and confidently for a variety of different modes and media
Think about types of cliché, and how it can be avoided or used in their own writing
Demonstrate further developed workshopping and editing skills
Demonstrate further developed awareness of their creative process
Demonstrate familiarity with some of the key ideas and concerns in narrative
Demonstrate and awareness of and engagement with contemporary writing

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

The following areas are indicative of topics to be covered:


The Short Story: Precision and Style
Creative non-fiction and humour
Narrative Poetry and The Long Poem
The Novel: Contemporary Contexts
Adaptation from Page to Film
Narrative, Spectacle, and Film
Staging Contemporary Theatre
Documentary Storytelling: Limits and Opportunities


Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Hone and develop students’ writing skills in academic writing, and/or creative writing (prose fiction and/or poetry) by developing an awareness of the application of their creative practice in inform their critical thinking, and vice versa, and in further developing workshopping and editing skills
Assist students in locating literary texts and their critical writing, and/or their creative work in historical and cultural contexts by identifying some of the key ideas and concerns in narrative, and the relationship between creative practice and critical and theoretical approaches to the text
Equip students with the research and writing skills they will need to produce critically informed academic writing, and/or creative writing (prose fiction and/or poetry) and creative criticism by developing competency and confidence in writing in a variety of different modes and media, by encouraging thinking about types of cliché, and how it can be avoided or used in their own writing, and in  developing further awareness of their creative process


The learning and teaching methods include:

1 hour x lecture per week x 11 weeks; 2-hour seminar per week x 11 weeks, revision session in Week 12

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

the development in their writing skills in academic prose, and/or creative writing (prose fiction and/or poetry)
their understanding of the context of their work in historical and cultural terms, as well as in terms of other creative writing in the field
their development of research and writing skills
productive and informed critical reflection on both the literary writing itself and the critical and secondary material that surrounds it, and/or both the creative process itself and the finished work that has resulted from it

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Portfolio of Creative Writing (2000 words or equivalent) & Self-reflexive Critical Commentary (500 words) (90%); Review of a Literary Event (500 words) 10%


Formative assessment and feedback

Formative ‘feed forward’ is provided through seminar discussions, tutor feedback in seminars, and a range of other feedback mechanisms agreed between tutor and students in week 1 of the module, such as seminar contribution and writing exercises.

Reading list


Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.