Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 20 Hours. 10 x 2-hour seminar workshops)


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Students will present for assessment two portfolios of `transposed work, each with a total word count of approximately 2,500 words (though portfolios consisting exclusively of poetry should have a total word count of approximately 2,000 words) inclusive of a critical commentary of between 500 and 1,000 words. Work submitted for assessment will normally include both poetry and prose, but there will be flexibility in the case of students who strongly identify with one or the other form. Each portfolio makes up 50% of the assessment for the module.  100%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit or resit failed elements and/or make good any missing elements 

Learning Outcomes

On the completion of this module students should typically be able to:

1. recognize a range of literary genres and demonstrate an understanding of how they work;

2. demonstrate an ability to write in a range of literary genres;

3. demonstrate a developing critical awareness of their own writing practice;

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


This module aims to develop students' knowledge and understanding of a range of literary forms and genres, to develop their range and capabilities as writers, and to enable them to work with increasing confidence in a variety of forms and genres.

Brief description

This module is based upon a series of writing tasks which involve `transposing' a pre-existing piece of material in some way, either from one medium to another (for example, from picture to words), or from one genre to another (for example, from a biblical story to a thriller), or from one viewpoint to another (for example, from first-person narrative to third person `omniscient-narrator' style), and so on. The idea is to remove the burden and anxiety of conceiving plot and situation, so that technique and treatment can become the focus.


_Teaching Pattern

The module is taught in a series of two-hour workshops over one semester, with two workshops on each of the five topics. In the first workshop of each pair the tutor will introduce the concept and present examples, which will then be discussed. The second stage will consist of presentation, discussion, and development of student work in the same mode.

_Reading and Preparation for Classes

Members of the group will be expected to pursue a relevant but non-prescriptive programme of reading (a list of suggested reading is supplied); and to present weekly, for comment and supportive criticism by the group, anticipatory work carried out during the preceding week and geared to the focal concerns of the coming session.

_Outline of Weekly Programme

_Weeks 1-2: From Picture to Words

_Weeks 3-4: From Genre to Genre

_Weeks 5-6: From Viewpoint to Viewpoint

_Weeks 7-8: From Long to Short, from Short to Long

_Weeks 9-10: From Then to Now


This module is at CQFW Level 4