Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 10 X 2 hour seminar/workshops


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment ASSIGNMENT 1: TOTAL WORD-LENGTH 2500 WORDS:  a portfolio of creative writing (poetry or prose or a combination of the two) connected with one or more of the texts discussed in class during the first half of the semester. The portfolio must be accompanied by a commentary linking the critical readings and the creative outcome: it should display skills in close reading of the set texts and the students own creative work. Total word-length 2500 word, of which the commentary should account for a minimum of 750 words and a maximum of 1000 words.  50%
Semester Assessment ASSIGNMENT 2: TOTAL WORD-LENGTH 2500 WORDS:  as above, but related to the texts and issues addressed in the second half of the semester.  50%
Supplementary Assessment RESUBMIT FAILED ELEMENTS  Resubmit any failed elements and/or make good any missing elements. Where this involves re-submission of work, a new topic must be selected. 

Learning Outcomes

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

1. demonstrate their ability to read with attention to textual detail, as well s to the wider literary and social context from which the texts in question have emerged;

2. demonstrate their ability to make appropriate and illuminating comparisons among a variety of texts, including their own;

3. demonstrate awareness of the problems involved in verbal communication, as well as recognizing the strategies used by writers to overcome or minimize these problems;

4. demonstrate, through both their critical and their creative writing, the application of their enhanced critical undertstanding of their own creative work.


This module is designed to encourage close reading of significant passages of prose fiction and poetry, with emphasis on the idea that analytical reading of the writings of others provides essential groundwork for our own writing. It offers a particularly good opportunity for students to enhance their understanding of the critical elelment which plays a part in all undergraduate creative writing portfolios.

Brief description

Each session will focus on extracts from a particular text or texts, the relevant poems or passages being supplied in advance; students will be expected to have prepared each poem or passage in advance of the relevant session. Although students are naturally encouraged to read as many of the texts as possible in their entirety, this will not be compulsory: the tutor will contextualise the passages during the sessions. The list below suggests specific texts likely to be used, but these may be varied, within the framework of the overall description, from year to year or from tutor to tutor.


_1 - 2 Writing and memory
William Wordsworth's The Prelude; Ford Madox Ford's The Good Soldier; Philip Larkin's `I Remember, I Remember'; Ian McEwan's Atonement

_3 - 4 Writing and the here and now
Louis MacNeice's Autumn Journal; Simon Armitage's Killing Time

_5 - 6 Voicing narrative
Robert Browning's `My Last Duchess' and `Porphyria's Lover'; Les Murray's `Pigs'; Peter Carey's True History of the Kelly Gang

_7 - 8 Words and music
Gerard Manley Hopkins's `Hurrahing in Harvest' and `The Sea and the Skylark'; D H Lawrence's The Rainbow;

_9 - 10 Speech and silence
W B Yeats's `The Circus Animals' Desertion'; Virginia Woolf's The Waves; William Golding's The Spire.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number No
Communication Yes: interaction in group discussion
Improving own Learning and Performance Yes: development of knowledge and understanding of students' own work and that of others
Information Technology No
Personal Development and Career planning No
Problem solving Yes: the assessment will require attention to issues of a broadly problematic nature
Research skills Yes: the assessment will require research into the work of other writers
Subject Specific Skills None
Team work Yes: see 3


This module is at CQFW Level 6