Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
WR32020
Module Title
Writing Historical Fiction
Academic Year
2019/2020
Co-ordinator
Semester
Intended for use in future years
Other Staff

Course Delivery

 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Creative Writing Portfolio  2 x 1500 word portfolios -each must contain one short story. The first must be set either in the early Second World War or the Nineteenth Century, the second either in the Early Modern period or the Middle Ages.  60%
Semester Assessment Critical Commentary  2 x 1000 word critical commentary on the work submitted, showing evidence of historical research and engagement with a relevant set text, plus annotated bibliography (bibliography is not included in the word count)  40%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit missed or failed portfolio  2 x 1500 word portfolios -each must contain one short story. The first must be set either in the early Second World War or the Nineteenth Century, the second either in the Early Modern period or the Middle Ages.  60%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit failed or missing critical commentary  2 x 1000 word critical commentary on the work submitted, showing evidence of historical research and engagement with a relevant set text, plus annotated bibliography (bibliography is not included in the word count)  40%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Plan and carry out appropriate reseach for historical stories

2. Write historical fiction, using appropriate materials and techniques

3. Improve their work in response to feedback from peers and tutors

4. Reflect critically on their own writing and research processes

Reflect critically on texts covering the same historical period

Aims

This option module has run successfully for one year as a 30-credit module. It is now being revised to 20 credits in line with modules offered by other departments at this level

Brief description

The module follows the standard pattern for creative writing options of ten 2-hour workshops. The first of these will serve as an introduction to historical fiction in general, while the last will recapitulate what students have learned during the module. In between there will be four pairs of workshops, each devoted to a particular historical period: World War II; the 19th Century, the Early Modern period, and the Middle Ages. The first workshop of each pair will be devoted to discussion of a set text set during the period in question. The second will be workshop students' own writing on the theme. The assignments will be two creative portfolios, each consisting of a historical story and a critical commentary detailing the research that went into it.

Content

Workshops:
1. Introduction to historical fiction. The tutor will present extracts from fiction set in different periods as a stimulus to discussion of the techniques and problems of historical fiction writing..
2. The Second World War 1. Discussion of a text set during the Second World War.
3. The Second World War 2. Discussion of students' own writing set during the Second World War and informed by students' own research and a set of documents supplied by the tutor.
4. The Nineteenth Century 1. Discussion of a text set during the nineteenth century.
5. The Nineteenth Century 2. Discussion of students' own writing set during the nineteenth century and informed by students' own research and a set of documents supplied by the tutor.
6. The Early Modern Period 1. Discussion of a text set during the Early Modern period.
7. The Early Modern Period 2. Discussion of students' own writing set during the Early Modern period and informed by students' own research and a set of documents supplied by the tutor.
8. The Middle Ages 1. Discussion of a text set during the Middle Ages.
9. The Middle Ages 2. Discussion of students' own writing set during the Middle Ages and informed by students' own research and a set of documents supplied by the tutor.
10. Recapitulation. Students will discuss their own experiences of historical research and how it has informed their writing.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Through workshop and seminar discussion, written through assignment
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 research and criticism
Team work Through co-operation in workshops

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 6