- Dr Paul McDonald (Senior Lecturer - University of Wolverhampton)
|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Seminar||11 x 2 Hour Seminars|
|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%|
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.
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.
Estimated Student Workload
Contact time: 20.5 hours
Preparation for workshops and seminars: 80 hours
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.
|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|
This module is at CQFW Level 7