Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Beginning Creative Writing Part 2
Academic Year
Semester 2
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Portfolio  1 x 2000 word short story 1 x 1000 word Reflective Journal 3000 Words  100%
Supplementary Assessment Portfolio  1 x 2000 word short story 1 x 1000 word Reflective Journal 3000 Words  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

Demonstrate knowledge of narrative techniques used across a range of short prose, and the ability to apply these skills in their own creative writing.

Demonstrate an ability to work independently, developing critical and self-reflexive awareness of their own writing practice

Produce work that demonstrates focused reading and a sound understanding of critical context.

Demonstrate, by the revision of work previously developed in exercises, an ability to improve their critical and creative writing in response to feedback from peers and tutors.

Brief description

This module is the second of the Beginning Creative Writing modules. Part Two, develops the students’ knowledge, understanding and application of narrative technique. It explores ways in which writers engage with cultural and theoretical contexts in their writing, and how they reflect upon their own writing. The module focusses on exploring approaches to theme and experimenting with narrative technique specifically for producing short stories. Students will also develop their research and reflective skills for writing Reflective Journals.
The students will participate in weekly seminar/workshops and engage with 10 podcasts. They will participate in close reading (of short stories, critical work and their own and peers work; group work (discussion, exercises and workshopping); and independent study (reading, writing, and research). The module is designed to provide regular opportunities for formative feedback as well as summative feedback.


To introduce students to the concept of creative and critical practice, enabling them to develop research, reflection and writing skills that they will use on all modules.
To Introduce them to effective ways of studying and working within an undergraduate setting through: group work; close reading; and effective independent study.


1. Introduction. Reflection on creative and critical development and introducing the Reflective Journal.
2. Who will tell the Story: First person. Freedoms and limitations. The beauty of voice and vocabulary. (Discussion and exercises)
3. Who will tell the story: the scope of the third person point of view. Understanding and using a range of omniscient and limited points of view. (Workshop and discussion)
4. Let them Speak! Introduction to dialogue and reported speech. Discussion on how and when to use these, and how to present them. (exercises and discussion)
5. Let them Speak! Workshop. Dialogue and Pace: Discussion on balancing dialogue and narrative.
6. Theoretical frameworks: Linking approaches to story lines to theory and criticism. Thinking about your story. (Discussion and exercises).
7. Theoretical frameworks: Linking approaches to story lines to theory and criticism. Independent research and writing about your story. Workshop and exercises.
8. Setting: Different approaches to setting. Creating a sense of place in time. (Discussion and exercises)
9. Setting: World building. Other worldly imaginations. (Exercises and workshop).
10. Bringing it all together. Ideas, writing and refining. (Exercises and workshop).

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Co-ordinating with others Participation and collaboration in workshops and seminars
Creative Problem Solving Dealing with the technical problems of writing fiction and critical reflection, including the correct use of conventions and English usage
Digital capability Use of word-processing skills to prepare and submit portfolios, accessing material on Blackboard, use of digital resources for research.
Professional communication Written communication in assessed work, oral communication in seminars and workshops.
Real world sense Developing writing for wide audience
Reflection Reflecting on responses to feedback from peers and tutors. Reflecting upon their own work to improve and develop skills, applying this to assessment.
Subject Specific Skills developing and improving narrative and structuring techniques in producing short pieces of prose.


This module is at CQFW Level 4