- Professor Kevin Mills (Professor - University of South Wales)
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Assignment 1: Creative Portfolio of 2500 words A 1,500 word opening of a novel - the first portfolio must be either psychological / realist, or historical fiction, together with a critical commentary of 1,000 words on the creative piece submitted, comparing it in detail to the set text in the same mode (and optionally, to another set text) (Weighted 60% story and 40% commentary).||50%|
|Semester Assessment||Assignment 2: Creative Portfolio of 2500 words A 1,500 word opening of a novel - this second portfolio must be either speculative or crime fiction, together with a critical commentary of 1,000 words) on the creative piece submitted, comparint it in detail to the set text in the same mode (and optionally, to another set text). (Weighted 60% story and 40% commentary).||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Resubmit failed or missed Assignment 1: Creative Portfolio of 2500 words||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Resubmit failed or missed Assignment 2 Creative Portfolio||50%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate a critical and technical awareness of novels in psychological/realist, historical, speculative and crime modes.
2. Demonstrate a critical and technical awareness of methods of beginning a novel.
3. Write novel openings appropriate to at least two of the fictional modes.
4. Explain in critical prose, the techniques and problems of writing fiction in each of the four modes.
The module deals with four different approaches to fiction: psychological and realist; historical; speculative; and crime and mystery. For each approach, students will study an exemplary text, aiming to learn as much as possible about its technical and artistic methods, while at the same time, through the comparison with other texts, enlarging their understanding of the many different possibilities of fictional writing. From these four approaches, they will choose two for their portfolios.
2-3 Psychological and realist fiction. Students will discuss this mode, with reference to Muriel Spark’s A Far Cry from Kensington. Workshopping of psychological / realist fiction.
4-5 Historical fiction. Students will discuss this mode, with reference to Andrew Miller’s Pure. Workshopping of historical fiction.
6 Beginning a novel. Students will look at some novel beginnings, discuss possible approaches to opening a novel, and practise writing effective beginnings.
7-8 Speculative fiction. Students will discuss this mode, with reference to Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend. Workshopping of speculative fiction.
9-10 Crime fiction. Students will discuss this mode, with reference to Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr Ripley. Workshopping of crime fiction.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||n/a|
|Communication||Through workshops and seminar discussion, written through assignment.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Through improving work in response to peer and tutor feedback.|
|Information Technology||Through use of blackboard and wordprocessing.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Through critical self-reflection; transferable communication and research skills.|
|Problem solving||Through dealing with roblems of writing and research.|
|Research skills||Through online research.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Practical proficiency in creative writing; literary research and criticism.|
|Team work||Through collaboration in workshops and seminars.|
This module is at CQFW Level 5