Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Writing Short Stories
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 10 x 2 Hour Seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Assignment 1  A short story (1500 words 60%) together with a critical commentary (1000 words, 40%) and bibliography.  50%
Semester Assessment A short story (2500 words, 100%) and bibliography  50%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit missed or failed first assignment  Resubmit any failed or missed elements  50%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit missed or failed second assignment  50%

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the module, students should typically be able to:

1. demonstrate knowledge of different kinds of prose narrative;

2. demonstrate an ability to write in a range of forms and genres of prose narrative;

3. demonstrate a developing critical and self-reflexive awareness of their own writing practice;

4. demonstrate an ability to express themselves clearly in writing and in speech.


This module aims:

1. to help students to develop their range and capabilities as writers;

2. to help students to work with confidence in a variety of prose forms and genres;

3. to help students develop their ability to reflect critically on their own writing practice.

Brief description

This module introduces the students to the basic structures of short prose narratives and the methods and techniques necessary for their construction. After the first week, workshops will be a principal feature of each seminar. Students will submit in advance work on a set theme or using a prescribed technique for discussion by the rest of the group. These workshops will be supplemented by discussion of texts and practical exercises. Themes and texts will be chosen to illustrate the topic of that week'r seminar.This module introduces students to the basic structures of short prose narratives and the methods and techniques necessary for their construction.


The module is taught in weekly 2 hours sessions over one semester.

_Outline of Weekly Programme

_1 What is a Story?

A discussion of a brief example story challenging students to rethink their definitions of the genre. Exercises in telling and writing very short stories.

_2 The Epiphany Story

Stories based on the notion of epiphany, eg a character's emotional or spiritual coming of age.

_3 The Relationship Story

Stories dealing with the start, end and continuing problems of relationships.

_4 The Quest Story

Stories structured around the idea of a quest, in which a character tries to obtain some objective in the face of obstacles and ordeals.

_5 Problems and Mysteries

Stories structured round the idea of a mystery, from the traditional detective story to less conventional attempts to find solutions to intellectual and emotional problems.

_6 Imagined Worlds

Stories which build a world, whether through pure fantasy or by subtly changing the conditions of reality.

_7 Writing about Writing

Stories which explore their own textuality.

_8 Scene and Summary

Students will be asked to think about the structure of their stories and how they decide which parts of the narrative to show and which to tell.

_9 Character and Dialogue

Students will be asked to think about the way they develop character in their stories, and project this through dialogue, with particular emphasis on the uses and abuses of stereotypes.

_10 Redrafting and Revision

Students will work on a draft of one of their short stories with a view to improving it. There will be discussion of the different stages of planning, writing and revision.


This module is at CQFW Level 6