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ENGL32660 Creative Writing

20 creditsClass Size: 40


Module manager: Dr Rachel Bower

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

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 processes 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 constructive 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' creative writing skills and competence. It will encourage them to regard their work in a self-critical manner and in relation to existing literature.

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 of the tutor
5. An ability to write reflectively on this process and on the work that it produces


Students will attend eight 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 with 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

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.

QAA benchmarks confirm that the teaching of creative writing at university level is focused on weekly seminars (workshops) and makes frequent use of regular peer feedback and group discussion. All these points of contact, however, are spaces to which each student is expected to bring new work and new drafts of old work which they have developed through private study. At the beginning of the module it will be made clear that the organisation of this private study time is the responsibility of the individual student. Introductory module material will also confirm that this independent allocation of private study should include significant portions of time for (a) the reading of primary and critical literature, (b) the planning and writing of new work, and (c) the revision and reorganisation of existing drafts.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

In line with QAA Benchmarks, the seminar will here fulfil the function of the Creative Writing
Workshop, a space in which “participants” will “read and critically respond to each other's work,
operating in a small group in which the role of the tutor is mainly to steer, inform and moderate
discussion.” In addition to this regular source of collective discussion and reflection, one-on-one
tutorials through both semesters offer an opportunity for the students to gain detailed, individual

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PortfolioPortfolio of 3,000 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 3,000 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: 05/02/2021 10:23:40


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