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ENGL3035 Current Practice in Creative Writing

20 creditsClass Size: 15

School of English

Module manager: Kimberly Campanello

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

Students must either be on the BA English Literature with Creative Writing degree; have taken an option or core in the School that has a creative writing assessment; or have undertaken a Creative Writing Discovery option offered by the Lifelong Learning Centre.

Module replaces

ENGL32660: Creative Writing

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module will introduce you to a specific approach to creative writing that draws upon a recent writing interest, or current practice, of the module leader. You will develop your creative writing and critical skills and your ability to read as a writer in relation to this specific approach. You will read exemplary published texts ‘as a writer’, dialogue with tutors and students, draft and re-draft, write critically on relevant texts, and locate your own work in relation to those texts. The module sessions are two-hour workshops in which we will undertake a variety of activities. Topics to be discussed in these sessions will include drafts of your own work; works of published literature that demonstrate the module focus; relevant theoretical texts, and creative writing guides or other texts that illuminate approaches to undertaking the module’s approach from a writer’s perspective. Guidance and writing exercises from the tutor, a published writer, will help you develop new creative writing in an academic, professional context. Assessment on the course will be based on the creative elements you produce as well as critical responses to the texts you read. To find out more about the specific focus of the module, contact the module tutor.


This module will introduce students to a specific approach to creative writing practice that draws upon a recent writing interest of the module leader. Students will develop their creative writing and critical skills and their ability to read as a writer. It will encourage students to critically consider a specific approach to creative writing practice (including their own) in its literary context.

Please contact the module leader for details of the focus for Semester 2, 2022-23.

Learning outcomes
1. an ability to apply in one’s own creative writing a developed awareness of the module’s specific approach to creative writing
2. an ability to read like a writer in relation to this specific approach
3. an ability to contextualise their own work in relation to writing that uses this approach
4. an ability to share ideas with the group through informal presentations on module texts and peer feedback on creative writing, both occurring in the workshops and leading to a submitted essay, portfolio, and note
5. 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


Students will attend 8 2-hour workshops in which they will discuss drafts of their own work; works of published literature that demonstrate the module focus; relevant theoretical texts, and creative writing guides and other texts that illuminate approaches to undertaking this practice from a writer’s perspective. The tutor will offer guidance and writing exercises in these sessions to support the student to develop new work.

Teaching methods

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

Private study

QAA benchmarks confirm that the teaching of creative writing at university level is focused on regular seminars (workshops) and makes frequent use of regular peer feedback, group discussion, and writing exercises. 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 (70 hours), (b) the planning and writing of new work (70 hours), and (c) the revision and reorganisation of existing drafts (44 hours).

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 individual formative feedback from the tutor is provided in these sessions verbally and/or in writing.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
EssayA 1,000 word analysis of a single piece of published writing that demonstrates the module’s focus; it examines the text’s context and technical features from a writers’ perspective20.00
PortfolioA creative writing portfolio of 2500 words or equivalent that demonstrates the module focus70.00
Written WorkA 500-word audience-facing note that contextualises the portfolio’s writing in relation to literary texts that use this approach and discusses its aims, contribution to this approach to creative writing, and the creative process10.00
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: 28/04/2023 14:39:49


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