Module Information

Module Identifier
ENM6120
Module Title
Writing Fiction: Wider Explorations
Academic Year
2017/2018
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 2
Reading List
External Examiners
  • Dr Paul McDonald (Senior Lecturer - University of Wolverhampton)
 
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 11 x 2 Hour Seminars
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Written Assessment  1 x 3500 word - 1 or 2 complete stories  75%
Semester Assessment Commentary Assignment  1 x 1500 word commentary on the fiction submitted, plus bibliography (bibliography is not included in the word count)  25%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit Written Assessment  Resubmit failed or missing assignment of 1 x 3500 word - 1 or 2 complete stories  75%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit Commentary Assignment  Resubmit missing or failed 1500 word commentary on the fiction submitted, plus bibliography (bibliography is not included in the word count)  25%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate, in both creative and evaluative writing, an advanced understanding of themes and techniques used in fiction.

2. Demonstrate, in critical prose, an understanding of their own writing processes.

3. Improve their work in response to criticism.

Aims

This module is to be expanded from five to ten weeks to fit the pattern used for MA literature modules. This will be done by splitting the existing theory / workshop sessions into separate seminars and workshops. This will increase contact time and allow a deeper exploration of the issues covered.

Brief description

This module provides a forum in which students will assess and practise a range of approaches to the writing of fiction, with appropriate reference to the work of contemporary writers, including an exploration of wider issues related to the practice of writing. Members of the group will be expected to pursue a programme of reading from the recommended texts provided, and to present creative work for workshopping.

Estimated Student Workload
Contact time: 20.5 hours
Preparation for workshops and seminars: 80 hours

Content

Seminar 1: Beginnings
Focusing on a range of relevant excerpts, we shall address the structuring of fictions, with a particular emphasis on openings.

Workshop 1: Beginnings
Students will produce the opening of a story for workshopping.

Seminar 2: Endings
Focusing on a range of relevant excerpts, we shall address the structuring of fictions, with a particular emphasis on closure.

Workshop 2: Endings
Students will produce the ending of a story for workshopping.

Seminar 3: Memory
Using a range of extracts, we shall examine the operation of memory, and its importance for the production of both autobiographical and fictional writings.

Workshop 3: Memory
Students will produce for workshop a piece of writing incorporating a personal memory.

Seminar 4: Imagination
Using a range of extracts, we shall look at the ability of writing to create vivid imaginary scenarios, including some that transcend reality.

Workshop 4: Imagination
Students will either return to their memory-inspired piece and transform it into fiction by the use of imaginative elements, or create a new piece using an imagined scenario

Seminar 5: A sense of place
Using a range of extracts, we shall examine the importance of a sense of place in the writing of fiction.

Workshop 5: A sense of place
Students will produce for workshop a piece of writing that evokes a sense of place.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Oral through workshop and seminar discussion, written through assignment
Improving own Learning and Performance Through revision of work in response to workshop feedback
Information Technology Through Blackboard and wordprocessing skills
Personal Development and Career planning Through critical reflection and the development of transferable communication skills.
Problem solving Through dealing with problems of writing and research
Research skills Through online research
Subject Specific Skills Creative writing (fiction), literary research and criticism
Team work Through co-operation in workshops and seminars

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 7