Module Information

Module Identifier
WR32120
Module Title
Writing and Place
Academic Year
2016/2017
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 1
External Examiners
  • Dr Paul McDonald (Senior Lecturer - University of Wolverhampton)
 
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 10 x 2 Hour Seminars
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment First Written Assignment  1 x 1500 word short story based on the research conducted during a self-organised and self-guided individual visit to a place the student has never been before.  38%
Semester Assessment First Critical Commentary Assignment  1 x 1000 word critical commentary with annotated bibliography (bibliography is not included in the word count)  13%
Semester Assessment Second Written Assignment  1 x 1500 word short story  38%
Semester Assessment Second Critical Commentary Assignment  1 x 1000 word critical commentary with annotated bibliography (bibliography is not included in the word count)  13%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit missing or failed written assignment  Resubmit any missed or failed written assignment of 1500 words  75%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit missing of failed critical commentaries  Resubmit any missing or failed critical commentaries of 1000 words  25%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate an ability to research, remember, and decribe the physical details of places.

2. Demonstrate, in both creative and evaluative writing, an awareness of the symbolic significance of certain places;

3. Demonstrate, in critical prose, an awareness of their own writing processes;

4. Demonstrate, by the revision of work previously discussed in workshops, an ability to improve their writing in response to criticism.

Aims

This module will encourage students to develop a sense of place in their creative writing

Brief description

The course pays equal attention to places as geographical and human realities, as well as symbolic constructs. On the first, realist level, students will be asked to remember and describe places they have known, and to explore a new place. On the second, imaginative level, they will be asked to think about the symbolic resonances of certain categories of place (city, forest, ocean, etc.), to read and discuss texts which evoke a range of different places, and to create new fictional places of their own.

While these two levels will be distinguished for teaching purposes, the interaction between them will also be emphasized: symbolic ideas colour our attitude to real places, and our experience of real places informs the creation of fictional ones. At all times, the essential writing skills of prose and poetry will be borne in mind, and the assignments will test not only the evocation of place, but the wider ability to produce well-constructed stories, essays and/or poems.

Content


Session 1.
Home: Considering the home – along with a range of texts describing homes great and small, past and present – as a starting point for an exploration of the role of place in writing.

Session 2.
The Countryside: Farming communities and pastoral settings.

Session 3.
Workshopping rural pieces inspired by the previous week

Session 4.
The City: Business and commerce, technology, crime, poverty.

Session 5.
Workshopping urban writing inspired by the previous week.

Session 6.
Students will report on a visit they have made during the first half of the course (their own homes are not eligible for this purpose). This will form the basis of the first assignment.

Session 7.
Journeys and Liminal Spaces: Travel by land, air, and sea. Harbors, stations, airports.

Session 8.
Workshopping liminal pieces inspired by the previous week.

Session 9.
Imaginary Settings: Alien worlds and fantasy realms.

Session 10.
Workshopping writing set in imagined places inspired by the previous week.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Interaction in group discussion will be essential to the seminars
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be expected to improve their work in response to criticism from the tutor and other students
Information Technology N/A
Personal Development and Career planning
Problem solving Problems of writing technique will arise and be dealt with in seminars and assessments
Research skills Research is an essential part of assessment 1 and a probable part of assessment 2
Subject Specific Skills
Team work

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 6