CREATIVE WRITING SUBMISSION - 2017/8

Module code: ELI3034

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

MCCORMACK D Dr (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits

45

ECT Credits

22.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 6

JACs code

W800

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Year long

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 439

Lecture Hours: 8

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 9000 WORD CREATIVE WRITING PIECE PLUS 3000 WORD SELF-REFLEXIVE CRITICAL COMMENTARY 100

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

120 credits at level 5.

Module overview

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.

 

Module aims

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

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
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

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

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)


 

Assessment Deadlines

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.

Assessment Strategy

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

Reading list for CREATIVE WRITING SUBMISSION : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/eli3034

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
English Literature and French BA (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature BA (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature with Creative Writing BA (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature and Spanish BA (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature and German BA (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

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.