CREATIVE WRITING SUBMISSION - 2017/8
Module code: ELI3034
School of Literature and Languages
MCCORMACK D Dr (Lit & Langs)
Number of Credits
FHEQ Level 6
Module cap (Maximum number of students)
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 439
Lecture Hours: 8
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||9000 WORD CREATIVE WRITING PIECE PLUS 3000 WORD SELF-REFLEXIVE CRITICAL COMMENTARY||100%|
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
120 credits at level 5.
This module provides students with the opportunity to explore the challenges of producing portfolio of creative writing accompanied by self-reflexive critical commentary. This portfolio may consist of a single extended piece of writing or a collection of pieces of a shorter length. An agreed wordcount for students submitting poetry should be negotiated with their supervisor, although as a rule of thumb 5,000 words of creative prose is considered equivalent to 150 lines of poetry. Each student will be assigned a tutor who will assist them in choosing their subject matter and literary approach, and who will provide advice, encouragement and formative feedback over the course of the writing process, as well as suggesting relevant reading material which may help inspire or critically locate the project. This module also allows students to reflect at length on the project’s relationship to previous work in the field, form or genre, on the writing processes and thinking behind the creative choices made, and to locate the work productively in literary and theoretical contexts.
Reflect on and engage with the specific challenges of attempting a longer piece (or collection) of creative writing
Identify the specific creative challenges posed by a project of this kind, and to reflect on and engage with these challenges in a productive fashion
Build confidence in making creative decisions in a well-informed and productive way – and build ability to explain and justify them lucidly
Develop more effective personal writing habits, as well as more effective habits of editing and revision
Engage in independent guided research, exploring the history of the form, genre, mode and/or literary techniques they are employing in their work, as well as the key critical and theoretical issues raised by their project
Produce a piece of critical writing which draws on their own creative practice and critical research in an informed and insightful manner
|Produced a portfolio of high quality creative writing||K|
|Developed their independent research, planning, writing and editing skills||PT|
|Increased their familiarity with a range of literary techniques and devices, and their confidence in using them creatively||C|
|Developed an in-depth knowledge of the literary, theoretical and historical contexts relevant to the work in their creative portfolio||K|
|Gained experience in being able to reflect lucidly and in an informed manner on their creative goals and how they have attempted to achieve them.||CT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
In order to give students training in the research skills needed to plan and complete an independent and large-scale research project, this module includes four two-hour workshops which are compulsory for all students:
Workshop 1: Planning and structure (start of semester 1)
Workshop 2: Troubleshooting (mid-semester 1)
Workshop 3: Self-reflexive commentary and other exercises (start of semester 2)
Workshop 4: Troubleshooting (mid-semester 2)
Research proposal and research plan: 31st May 2014
Dissertation and self-reflexive commentary: tbc [circa March 2015)
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to deliver subject knowledge, to develop cognitive/ analytical skills, and to develop in-depth transferable, practical, and professional skills.
At FHEQ Level 6, optional modules are usually delivered through a two-hour seminar, and hence with more student-led involvement and more sophisticated development of critical analytical and rhetorical skills. As these are research-led modules, there is also more emphasis on developing students’ knowledge of critical and theoretical discourses. The English Dissertation and Creative Writing submission are delivered mainly through regular tutorials between the student and an allocated supervisor, therefore aiming to develop students’ time management skills and ability to demonstrate independent thought and judgement, and carry out research projects.
The learning and teaching methods include:
Independent research and writing, alongside individual supervision and skills workshops, throughout the year.
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate achieve-ment of the module learning outcomes.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
9,000-word creative writing piece + 3,000-word self-reflexive critical commentary
Formative assessment and feedback
Formative ‘feed forward’ is provided through the supervision sessions. Students are able to submit a 2,000-word extract to their supervisors for written and verbal feedback, which helps them better finalise their final summative assessment, i.e. the dissertation.
Reading list for CREATIVE WRITING SUBMISSION : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/eli3034
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.