Module Information

Module Identifier
WR30120
Module Title
Textual Interventions
Academic Year
2018/2019
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 1
Reading List
External Examiners
  • Professor Kevin Mills (Professor - University of South Wales)
 
Other Staff

Course Delivery

 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Creative Portfolios  2 x 1500-words prose, or between 60 and 90 lines of poetry or pro rata. The first portfolio must be based on one of the tasks in weeks 1-5, the second, on one of those in weeks 6-10  75%
Semester Assessment Critical Commentaries  2 x 1000 word critical commentaries on the creative work submitted, plus bibliography (bibliography not included in the word count)  25%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit failed or missing portfolios  Resubmit 1 or both 1500-words prose, or between 60 and 90 lines of poetry or pro rata. The first portfolio must be based on one of the tasks in weeks 1-5, the second, on one of those in weeks 6-10  75%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit missing or failed commentaries  Resubmit one or both 1000 word critical commentaries on the creative work submitted, plus bibliography (bibliography not included in the word count)  25%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of a range of discursive modes

2. Explore a range of writing practices based on these modes and on pre-existing textual material

3. Produce their own writing and reflect critically upon it

4. Improve their work in response to criticism

Aims

This is a core module for students of English and Creative Writing, and an option module for other creative writing students. This revision reduces it from 30 to 20 credits, in line with modules offered by other departments at this level. It also aims to give the module a clearer focus, by structuring workshops around modes of discourse rather a range of writing practices, as previously. The practices will still be taught, but students will receive a clearer understanding of their effectiveness by using them throughout the module on a common set of texts.

Brief description

This module aims to enable students to explore a range of writing practices, while developing their understanding of different modes of discourse. It also aims to develop students' ability to produce and present their own writing and their reflections on writing. The module will run in parallel with the first, research-based part of the Writing Project, offering students a chance to experiment with writing techniques before the creative part of the Writing Project in the second semester.

Content

For each class, students will be introduced to a common body of textual material in the specified mode of discourse, chosen in advance by the teaching team:
Week 1. Journalese: news and features in broadsheet and tabloid style.
Week 2. Letters and diaries.
Week 3. Lists and catechisms (question-and-answer format).
Week 4. Melodrama and romance.
Week 5. Verse and doggerel.
Week 6. Cookery and food-writing.
Week 7. Political and official.
Week 8. Children’s writing.
Week 9. Adventure and exploration.
Week 10. Business and commercial writing

They will be encouraged to experiment with this material using some of the following techniques:
• Parody, pastiche and imitation
• Cut-ups and defacing
• De-centring and re-centring
• Metafictional framing.
They will also be encouraged to invent and treat new material of their own in the same mode.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Through workshop and seminar discussion, written though assignemnt
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 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, literary reserch and criticism
Team work Through co-operation in workshops

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 6