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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LLLC1038 Online Creative Writing Workshop

20 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Becky Cherriman

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is mutually exclusive with

LLLC 1040

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

If you want to use your imagination and creativity then Online Creative Writing Workshop may be for you. The workshop will bring writers together on Blackboard Collaborate to develop their creative work with the support and guidance of an experienced writer. The tutor will set reading and writing exercises that focus on different craft techniques each week, to enable you to develop your writing skills between sessions. We will focus upon scriptwriting, poetry and short story/ prose but you will be free to choose your favourite form for your final assignment. The tutor will lead workshop discussions and develop your capacity to give, receive and act upon constructive feedback. The module is assessed wholly by creative coursework and critical commentary (a short essay highlighting what you have learnt across the module). The module requires your regular participation in individual writing exercises and small group discussions online of your own and your fellow students' work-in-progress. You will be expected to undertake some of this work outside scheduled sessions. For further information contact Cath Nichols or Becky Cherriman: Please note that this is an alternative to the on-campus module Creative Writing Workshop 1.


On completion of the module, students will be equipped to originate, extend and complete ideas for free-standing pieces of creative writing. They will be able to demonstrate an understanding of and make an informed choice from the range of options available to writers when constructing creative work. They will understand apply the workshop method of developing work-in-progress to their own and group members' writing.

Learning outcomes
1. Identify and write within the parameters of a given form/style
2. Creatively explore and apply the parameters of this form to achieve specific creative goals
3. Identify their own emerging style and preferences in writing
4. Critically engage with the historical development and current practice within a variety of writing styles and forms

Skills outcomes
The ability to think and write critically and creatively.

As part of this module, students will develop a range of digital literacy skills. Further details are provided in the module handbook.


Student-produced writing is at the core of this module. The tutor will introduce activities designed to catalyse students as creative writers. You will have the opportunity to explore your motives for writing and to experiment with a range of styles, forms and approaches. The course also requires you to take responsibility for your learning by engaging in set activities online outside of Blackboard Collaborate sessions. This will enable you to generate a wide range of original writing, leading you to develop your voice as writers. The course will explore aspects of structure, form and aesthetic effect. You will be introduced to and supported in workshop methods, whereby individual work is circulated for group comment and criticism.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours0.00
Total Contact hours11.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)11.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Throughout the module, there will be at least three opportunities for in-depth peer feedback on your creative writing. You are also expected to submit half a draft of your creative work and contextual commentary for written feedback from your tutor on the date specified in the module handbook, approximately Week 6 or 7 of the semester. This feedback will assist you when producing both parts of your assignment. There will be an opportunity to discuss this with your tutor in Week 8 or 9. Verbal feedback will be provided within sessions.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PracticalExample of creative work developed from coursework, e.g. either prose: 3000 words; or poetry: 60 lines; or script: 20-minutes; or other to be negotiated with the tutor; or an appropriate combination of two or more of these, plus 1000- word contextual commentary100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 01/07/2021 10:17:56


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