Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
What ‘I’ reveal
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Portfolio  (3000 words)  60%
Semester Assessment Essay  (2000 words)  40%
Supplementary Assessment Portfolio  (3000 words)  60%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  (2000 words)  40%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. ​Show a developed knowledge of a range of formal techniques available for writing in the first person.

2. Make constructive critical responses to their own and other students’ writing, and engage in appropriate revisions of their own work.

3. Apply their knowledge and understanding of first person narration, epistolary fiction, and stream of consciousness into their writing practice.

4. Demonstrate confident critical reflection on the genres and writing practices covered on the module.

Brief description

This module takes both a theoretical and practical approach to using a range of character-narrators, looking at single and multiple first-person points of view, interior monologues and epistolary forms. Students will analyse a selection of contemporary texts in these forms, exploring the use of central protagonists, peripheral witnesses, objective and subjective points of view and creating authentic voices. Students will also learn to handle the practicalities of balancing exposition and descriptive detail and varying pace in first-person modes.
Through studying and discussing contemporary fiction, participating in seminar exercises and sharing work, students will develop skills in writing critically about first-person narratives and apply this knowledge and understanding to their creative work. The first assignment gives students the opportunity to engage critically with two first-person texts from reader and writer perspectives. The second assignment gives students an opportunity to write an extended creative story in their chosen first-person mode.


Seminar Programme:
Week 1. Introduction to module and overview of First-Person Narrative Forms. Studying a selection of extracts from different first-person modes. (see reading list)
Week 2. One Voice: Objectivity and subjectivity in the First-Person narrative. Close reading and workshop exercises on creating voice.
Week 3. The Rounded Picture: Exploring the possibilities of multiple first-person stories and looking at practical ways of plotting multiple views and voices. Close reading, discussion and exercises.
Week 4. Single/Multiple First-Person Workshop and feedback exercises.
Week 5. Dear Diary: The intimate world of thought and reflection. Exploring the function of the real and fictional diary. Discussion and exercises on engaging and keeping the reader.
Week 6. Diaries Workshop and feedback exercises.
Week 7. Dear Friend: Reading between the lines. Study of and discussion on the use of letters in fiction. Exploring the possibilities of experimenting with narrative time and relationships between letter writer/s and reader/s through seminar exercises.
Week 8. Letters Workshop and feedback exercises.
Week 9. Stream of Consciousness. Exploring the artifice and skills involved in writing a fluid stream of thoughts successfully. Discussion on the importance of reader experience and the authentic voice. Exercises in honing voice and tone and handling pace.
Week 10. Stream of Consciousness Workshop and feedback exercises.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number n/a
Communication Through workshop and seminar discussion, and though writing the assignments.
Improving own Learning and Performance Through independent reading and research.
Information Technology Use of digital resources for research.
Personal Development and Career planning Develop awareness of personal skills, improving work in response to peer and tutor feedback.
Problem solving Through dealing with problems in writing and research.
Research skills Understand a range of research methods.
Subject Specific Skills Use appropriate critical and/or evaluative skills in presenting a written argument.
Team work Play an active part in group activities in the seminar workshop.


This module is at CQFW Level 6