CREATIVE WRITING PORTFOLIO - 2017/8

Module code: ELIM020

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

MOONEY S Dr (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits

60

ECT Credits

60

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

JACs code

Q320

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Year long

Overall student workload

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework CREATIVE WRITING PORTFOLIO (12000-13000 WORDS CREATIVE PROSE OR EQUIVALENT FOR POETRY SUBMISSIONS, PLUS 2000-3000 WORD O 100%

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None

Module overview

This is a level 7 compulsory module for Creative Writing. Worth 60 credits out of the 180 total credits required for the MA, this module provides students with the opportunity to explore the challenges of producing a sizeable, polished and cohesive portfolio of Creative Writing. This portfolio may consist of a single extended piece of writing, a lengthy extract from an even larger project, 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. The tutor will also help with time management and planning, and will offer guidance on producing a portfolio that is both critically-informed and creatively-accomplished. 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 theoretical, historical and cultural contexts. This module is compulsory.

Module aims

Produce a considerable body of highly-accomplished creative writing

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 insightful, fully informed and persuasive manner

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Produced a sizeable portfolio of high quality creative writing
Developed more advanced independent research skills
Increased their familiarity with a range of literary techniques and devices, and their confidence in using them creatively
Developed an in-depth knowledge of the literary, theoretical and historical contexts relevant to the work in their Creative Portfolio
Gained experience in drawing on their own creative practice to enhance their skills of literary analysis
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.
Gained experience in planning, plotting, writing, rewriting and editing a large-scale creative project

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

The content of the module depends in each case on the specific subject, literary mode and genre of writing as chosen by the student in consultation with their tutor.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


Hone and develop students’ critical skills in analyzing texts from a range of genres: prose, fiction, poetry, drama, etc by developing their familiarity with a range of literary techniques and devices, and confidence in using critical and theoretical language
Assist students in locating literary texts in historical and cultural contexts, and to familiarize themselves with the history of literary production by developing in them an in-depth knowledge of the literary, theoretical and historical contexts relevant to the work in the MA dissertation
Equip students with the research and writing skills they will need to produce critically informed analyses of literary texts and engage with contemporary literary criticism by developing their experience in drawing on their own critical thinking to enhance their skills of literary analysis, and by developing more advanced independent research skills
Facilitate in students productive reflection on both the critical and political agendas of literary studies and on their own place within theoretical positions by developing their abilities in reflecting lucidly and in an informed manner on their critical goals and how they have attempted to achieve them, in planning, writing, rewriting and editing a large-scale project in English literary studies, and in producing a sizable analysis of a topic in the field of English Literature


 

 The learning and teaching methods include:

 Single-student tutorials, the exact timing of which, over the course of the year, is to be agreed between student and tutor.

Assessment Strategy

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


the development in their critical writing skills in analyzing texts from a range of genres
their understanding of the context of their work in historical and cultural terms, and to familiarize themselves with the history of literary production
their development of research and writing skills
productive and informed critical reflection on both critical and political agendas of literary studies and on their own place within theoretical positions


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

 

End of Academic Year Creative Writing Portfolio (12000 to 13000 words creative prose or equivalent for poetry submissions, plus 2000 to 3000 words of self-reflective critical commentary, to produce 15000 words or equivalent total) (100%)

 

Formative assessment and feedback

 

Written and/or oral feedback on one piece of creative and/or critical writing (maximum of 2000 words). 

Reading list

Reading list for CREATIVE WRITING PORTFOLIO : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/elim020

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.