Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
The Writing Portfolio
Academic Year
Semester 3 (Dissertation)
Part 1 MA Writing Poetry and Practice

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment A portfolio containing a group of poems, or anything from one to three pieces of prose fiction, accompanied by a commentary (6000 words), which explains and contextualises the work in appropriately analytical terms. The required length of the creative element is 14,000 words for prose fiction or 30 pages for poetry. Mixed poetry / prose fiction portfolios are not permitted.  100%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit any failed elements and/or make good any missing elements. 

Learning Outcomes

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

1. demonstrate an ability to produce a sustained piece of prose or poetic writing to near publishable level;

2. demonstrate an ability to employ technical knowledge in an accompanying critical-analytical commentary;

3. demonstrate mastery of advanced technical skills in either/both prose or poetic writing.


This module is designed for all MA students on the MA Writing; Process and Practice. It is the compulsory module written over the summer months (Semester 3 of the MA scheme) forming Part II of the degree scheme. It embeds within it the advanced study requirements of the AHRB.

Brief description

The portfolio will be a means of building sustainable writing practices which encourage planning, reflection, revision, and completion of material. Each student will be assigned to a writing tutor for the duration of their module, with whom they will meet regularly. The format of the portfolio will enable students to include successive drafts of a piece of writing, recording aims and intentions, and explaining and reflecting upon successive modifications.


Supervision of research writing. In order to accomplish this task, students will be assigned a supervisor whose interests will be matched as closely as possible to those of the candidate. To facilitate this arrangement, all students will complete a Portfolio Proposal form and hand it in to the English Department Office before the Easter vacation (in the first year of study for full-time candidates and in the second year of study for part-time candidates). This Portfolio Proposal will form the basis of matching the student with a suitable supervisor, and it will act as the groundwork for the first consultations with the assigned supervisor.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number No
Communication Yes: writtenm communication in extended format
Improving own Learning and Performance Yes: develop own research management skills
Information Technology Yes: using electronic bibliographic resources, websites
Personal Development and Career planning No, except in so far as this module is related to a research, academic or writing career.
Problem solving Yes: formulating and developing an extended argument
Research skills Yes: developing advanced study
Subject Specific Skills Ability to produce prose or poetry with technical sophistication and precision.
Team work No


This module is at CQFW Level 7