ADVANCED CREATIVE THEORIES AND PRACTICE - 2017/8

Module code: ELI3045

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

SZCZEPANIAK A Dr (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 6

JACs code

W800

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

30

Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 22

Independent Study Hours: 128

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework PORTFOLIO OF CREATIVE WRITING (APPROX 2400 WORDS IN TOTAL) AND REFLECTIVE CRITICAL COMMENTARY (600 WORDS) 100

Alternative Assessment

N/A

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 co-ordinator students who have not previously completed a Creative Writing module at the University of Surrey but who submit to the module co-ordinator 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 is intended to complement the Creative Writing and Professional Practice module, focussing on narrative production and reception across a variety of contexts. Together the modules stress the reflexive relationship between theory and practice and promote the notion that creative writing often constitutes a critical response to other texts.

This modules will explore narrative theory and critical analysis in relation to a range of creative forms and genres, with students encouraged to use this enhanced critical awareness to refine and enhance their own creative practice.

 

Module aims

provide a critical and narratological framework which will allow students to evaluate their own work and that of others

provide opportunities for structured creative work and offer regular peer and tutor feedback

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Demonstrate understanding of the relationship between critical and creative practices
 show familiarity with a range of narrative practices and perspectives
Utilise and provide regular peer feedback in the development of their own work
Developed further their ‘practice' as writers 

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:

 


What is Narrative?
Handling Narrative Time
The Sense of Place
Ways of Telling
Narrative Voice
Character
Professional Practice
Detail and Description
Genre
Film Narratives

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 familiarity with a range of narrative practices and perspectives
Assist students in locating literary texts and their critical writing, and/or their creative work in historical and cultural contexts by developing understanding of the relationship between critical and creative practices
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 the ability to utilise and provide regular peer feedback in the development of their own work, and developing further their ‘practice’ as writers


 

The learning and teaching methods include:

 

2-hour seminar per week x 11 weeks, 2-hour essay-planning 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 (Approx. 2400 words in total) & Reflective Critical Commentary (600 words)

 

Formative assessment and feedback

 

Verbal Feedback in class, written and/or verbal feedback on one piece of writing (maximum of 1,000 words).

 

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

Reading list for ADVANCED CREATIVE THEORIES AND PRACTICE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/eli3045

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
English Literature and French BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature with Creative Writing BA (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature and German BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature and Spanish BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Politics with Creative Writing BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Theatre and Performance with Creative Writing BA (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature with Film Studies BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature with Politics BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature with Sociology BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Liberal Arts and Sciences BA (Hons)/BSc (Hons) 1 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.