Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 5 x 2 hour fornightly lectures, starting in week one and alternating with seminars
Seminars / Tutorials 5 x 2 hour fortnightly workshops, starting in week 2 and alternating with lectures


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 2 x 2,500 word portfolios of work.  (NB: 'research is not a genre, but should demonstrably be part of each portfolio; life-writing may appear in the portfolio in the form of prose or poetry.) There should be a maximum of three pieces in each portfolio.  Each portfolio must include examples of work in both fiction and poetry and each should include a critical commentary of 500-1000 words.  100%
Supplementary Assessment Students who fail the module will be required to make good any missing elements and/or revise or replace any failed assignments.  100%

Learning Outcomes

On sucessful completion of this module, students should be able, within the parameters approprate to a wide-ranging introductory course, to:

1. demonstrate an understanding of some of the basic principles of writing in the following modes: short story, poetry, life-writing;

2. demonstrate an ability to deploy that understanding in the practical context of their own construction of creative work in these modes;

3. employ appropriate research as an integral part of their own creative work;

4. demonstrate, in evaluative prose, an awareness of their own writing processes;

5. demonstrate, by the revisionof work previously discussed in workshops, an ability to improve their writing in response to criticism.

Brief description

This is an introductory course, geared to the needs of students beginning their undergraduate creative writing studies. Students will be introduced to a number of literary genres (in the broad sense of the term) and will be given guidance in the application of their learning to their writing practice.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Not applicable
Communication Interaction in group discussion will be essential to the seminars (n/a) Written communication in portfolios
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be expected to improve their work in response to criticism from the tutor and other students and incorporate evaluative reflection on this process in the critical commentary attached to the second portfolio
Information Technology By using word-processing packages and making use of Blackboard and other e-resources to research and access course documents and other materials
Personal Development and Career planning Through increased critical self-reflection and the development of transferable, ICT, communication and research skills
Problem solving Problems of writing technique will arise and be dealt with in seminars and assessments
Research skills The research skills involved in preparing a piece of creative writing will be a focal point in weeks 7 and 8. In writing their evaluative commentaries, students are expected to report on research conducted
Subject Specific Skills Through exploration of the relationship between reading and writing, students will be encouraged to evaluate and edit their work
Team work See 3


This module is at CQFW Level 4