CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP II - 2017/8

Module code: ELIM022

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 7

JACs code

Q300

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Seminar Hours: 22

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework PORTFOLIO (2500 WORDS CREATIVE PROSE OR EQUIVALENT FOR POETRY, PLUS 500 WORDS OF SELF-REFLECTIVE CRITICAL COMMENTARY) 100

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None.

Module overview

This is a Level 7 compulsory module for Creative Writing. It provides a systematic framework for students to receive regular peer and tutor feedback on their poetry and/or creative prose. Students will be set weekly writing tasks in advance of each workshop, and should also be prepared to contribute fully to workshop discussion of their own and each other’s work. The module will provide students the opportunity to produce, revise and polish their creative writing and will encourage and enable them to reflect on their own creative work and writing practice in a productive and critically-informed manner. Attendance is compulsory.

Module aims

This module helps students to gain practice in producing prose or poetry which engages with specific technical and creative challenges. Each weekly workshop will focus on a specific topic or theme, with students producing and circulating their work in advance of the session and reading the work of the other members of the workshop group. The module will provide an overview of some of the major challenges involved in creating effective creative prose and poetry, and will encourage students to experiment with different ways of approaching these challenges. The module is also designed to help students formulate and express their creative aims more clearly, and to reflect productively on the most effective methods of achieving them. Students will gain confidence in discussing their work and the work of others in a nuanced and closely-observed fashion, and gain experience in responding creatively to informed feedback. The module will assist students in developing productive methods of drafting, editing, revising and redrafting. 

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
 Identify the specific technical challenges involved in a particular creative project
Identify a variety of creative techniques with which to respond to these challenges
Understand, describe and explain the nature, role and significance of the creative choices they make as writers
Offer detailed and constructive feedback on other students' creative writing – and in so doing gain insight into their own writing and how it might be improved
Respond to the detailed and constructive feedback of other students in order to polish, refine and rethink their own creative writing
Deploy a range of editing, revising and redrafting methods to improve their work
Locate their own creative writing in relevant theoretical, literary and historical contexts

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 relationship between form and content
Dialogue
Character
Plotting and structuring creative work
Rhyme, rhythm, alliteration and assonance in prose and poetry
Optimising writing habits
Focalisation and point-of-view
Drafting, redrafting, revising, editing
Producing effective self-reflective commentary

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


Hone and develop students’ writing skills in prose fiction and/or poetry by deploying a range of editing, revising and redrafting methods to improve their work, as well as by identifying the specific technical challenges involved in a particular creative project, and the creative techniques with which to respond to these challenges
Assist students in locating their work in historical and cultural contexts by helping them  develop their own creative writing in relation to relevant theoretical, literary and historical contexts
Equip students with the research and writing skills they will need to produce both critically informed prose or poetry and creative criticism by assisting them in responding to the detailed and constructive feedback of other students in order to polish, refine and rethink their own creative writing, as well as offering detailed and constructive feedback on other students’ creative writing – and in so doing helping them gain insight into their own writing and how it might be improved
Facilitate in students productive reflection on both the creative process itself and the finished work that has resulted from it by developing an understanding, through description and explanation of the nature, role and significance of the creative choices they make as writers


The learning and teaching methods include:

Two contact hours per week over Semester 1.  Classes will take the form of workshops; students are expected to read extensively outside classes and to undertake preparatory work in advance for workshops.

Assessment Strategy

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


the development in their creative writing skills in 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 and, specifically, an understanding of matters relating to the dissemination of research and/or publishing
productive and informed critical reflection on both the creative process itself and the finished work that has resulted from it


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

 

End of semester Creative Writing Portfolio (2500 words creative prose or equivalent for poetry submissions, plus 500 words of self-reflective critical commentary) (100%)

 

Formative assessment and feedback

 

Verbal feedback in class, written and/or verbal feedback on one piece of writing (maximum of 2000 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 CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP II : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/elim022

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Creative Writing MA 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Creative Writing MFA 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% 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.