Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
The Writing Project
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 1 x 1 Hour Seminar
Lecture 1 x 1 Hour Lecture
Workshop 2 x 2 Hour Workshops


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Assignment 1: 3000 words  A proposal / critical essay outlining the structure and content of the creative project, and placing it in a critical and theoretical context. It should include a research plan and an annotated bibliography. 3000 words.  40%
Semester Assessment Assignment 2: 7000 words  A researched piece of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry or a mixture of these genres. 7000 of prose or 28 pages of poetry, or pro rata for mixed portfolios.  60%
Supplementary Assessment Repeat failed elements  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

Plan an extended piece of creative work.

Plan and carry out appropriate research for a creative writing project

Explain their plans in writing, placing them in a critical and theoretical context.

Solve technical and conceptual problems arising from extended, researched creative writing projects.

Revise and improve their projects in response to feedback from tutors and peers.

Complete an extended, researched project in fiction, creative non-fiction or poetry.


To develop the skills of planning, research and long-term work necessary for exended projects, and to encourage independent working practices.

Brief description

The Writing Project is the culmination of your undergraduate courses in Creative Writing, and corresponds to the Dissertation in the BA English Literature. You will work on a creative project of your own design over a full year, and will need to take a more independent and ambitious approach than in other assignments. Lectures and seminars at the beginning of semester one will introduce you to the planning and research necessary for the project. At the end of week two, you will be asked to submit an outline plan. You will then be assigned a supervisor, with whom you will have one-to-one tutorials. The first assignment will consist of an essay/detailed plan on the project. In the second semester you will workshop your writing, have further one-to-one tutorials and submit your creative portfolio.


Week 1
Lecture: Ideas, Inspiration, Creativity. The theory and practice of creativity, including examples from the work of well-known writers and practical advice on the kind of projects students may decide to undertake.
Seminar: Inspiration games. Tutor and students share their own experiences of creativity. Students are given exercises to stimulate ideas.

Week 2
Lecture: Planning Your Project. The many ways in which a creative project can be planned, again using examples from the work of well-known writers. Problems that may arise, and how to deal with them.
Seminar: Discussion of Plans. Students should now have drafts of their plans, which will be discussed in class before submission at the end of this week.

Week 3
Lecture: Researching your Project. Research methodologies, using libraries, online facilities and practical research through interviews etc. Ethical implications of these.
Seminar: Discussion of Research. Students share their research plans and discuss possible approaches to their research.

Week 4
Lecture: Keeping Going. The different stages of a literary project, including examples from well-known writers. Writers' blocks and what to do about them.
Seminar: Drafting, Unblocking, Changing Course. Students are given examples and exercises designed to test their ability to solve creative and technical problems.

Weeks 5 - 10:
Tutorials (1 hour per student).

Semester 2
Week 2: Workshop 1. Students workshop extracts from their projects in progress.
Week 4: Workshop 2. Students workshop extracts from their projects in progress.
Weeks 5-10: Tutorials (1 hour per student).

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Class interaction and written assignments
Improving own Learning and Performance Through ongoing revsion of work
Information Technology Wordprocessing skills and use of Blackboard on line information
Personal Development and Career planning N/A
Problem solving Through dealing with problems characteristic of extended, reseached writing projects.
Research skills Researched nature of the project
Subject Specific Skills Technical skills appropriate to chosen lterary genre. Critical self-relfection.
Team work Class discussion in seminars and workshops


This module is at CQFW Level 6