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ENGL32660 Creative Writing

20 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Dr Karina Lickorish Quinn

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is mutually exclusive with

ENGL2070Developing Creative Writing

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The Creative Writing Module will introduce you to the process of creative writing, including reading widely, dialoguing with tutors and students, drafting and re-drafting, and critically reflecting on your work in relation to other texts. This module provides regular point of teaching support and learning community in sessions devoted to the discussion of literature, writing exercises, and in workshops in which the tutor and your peers will respond to your creative work. Guidance from the tutor, a published writer, will help you develop new creative writing in an academic, professional context. You will read widely together, and your conversations about such literature will also be related with growing depth to your own independent creative writing. Peer review and discussion with your module tutor will provide you with contructive feedback on your new and maturing drafts and allow you to revise and develop them still further. Assessment on the course will be based entirely on the creative elements you produce as well as critical reflections on them.


This module will seek to develop students' individual skills and competence as writers of imaginative literature, and to encourage them to regard their work in a self-critical manner.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will be able to demonstrate:
1. An ability to write creatively in genres that may include fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and scriptwriting
2. An ability to read like a writer across a broad range of historical and contemporary writing and relate their own work to these global writing traditions
3. An ability to share and develop these ideas within the group
4. An ability to reflect on and develop their own writing in response to the suggestions both of fellow students in the group and the tutor
5. An ability to write reflectively on this process and in the work that it produces


Students will attend 8 2-hour workshops. Topics discussed in these sessions will range from their own work to salient works of published literature. Assignments will be developed in dialogue with the group and the tutor. Initial plans and drafts will be discussed in allocated individual tutorials as well as in class. Final pieces will be submitted at the end of semester 2, and marked and moderated by the tutor and another member of the School's teaching staff.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours184.00
Total Contact hours16.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Preparing for tutorials and workshops, writing learning journal, writing work for portfolio.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Contribution to tutorials and workshops.
- On-going work for portfolio.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PortfolioPortfolio of 4,000 words, or writing that the module tutor deems equivalent to that range, taking the form of a sequence of creative works (such as poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, or drama).85.00
CritiqueCritical Reflection of 500 words15.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The creative submission will be 4,000 words of prose and may comprise more than one piece of writing. It may include an instance or sequence of writing in another genre (such as poetry or drama) that the module tutor deems equivalent to that range. Accompanying the creative submission will be an act of critical reflection of 500 words in which the student will offer a critical discussion of the process of feedback and review as determined by the module tutor.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 13/12/2019


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