Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Creative Practice
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Written Portfolio 1  (Writing Lab Portfolio, 1000 words)  40%
Semester Assessment Written portfolio 2  (1x3000 word creative and critical portfolio)  60%
Supplementary Assessment Written Portfolio 1  (Writing Lab Portfolio, 1000 words)  40%
Supplementary Assessment Written portfolio 2  (1x3000 word creative and critical portfolio)  60%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. ​Demonstrate knowledge of the approaches and elements involved in fiction and poetry

2. Employ these elements in the planning and writing of their own stories and poems

3. Identify and correct common writing faults

4. Communicate knowledge and understanding of the elements of a critical commentary, including bibliography.

5. Engage effectively with the full range of learning activities (lectures/seminars/workshops/tutorials/VLE) utilized in undergraduate-level creative practice teaching​

Brief description

This is the introductory module for students beginning their studies of Creative Writing and will provide core Creative Writing skills/knowledge and teach important techniques of creativity which novice writers will benefit from understanding. Students will be introduced to elements of good practice and common errors, as well as to a broad range of issues and skills including the use of self-reflexive commentaries and bibliographies. Assessment for this module is varied and designed to provide regular opportunities for formative feedback as well as traditional summative tasks

This module will be delivered through a range of learning environments, with lectures used for the introduction of key material, seminars used for small-group discussion of lecture content, and writing labs used to hone skills, conduct exercises, and to gain feedback from tutors and peers on writing intended for the assignments. The module will provide students with the basic knowledge needed for the successful writing of fiction and poetry. In all cases there will be an emphasis on technical skills and on providing a foundation of knowledge and technique that students can build on in the rest of their degree course.


There will be two lectures per week, made available asynchronously via the university’s virtual learning environment. The lectures will be accompanied by weekly seminars and writing labs.

Topics covered include:

The idea of creative practice

Description in creative practice

Plot and character

Planning in creative practice

The role of research in creative practice

Advanced approaches to narrative time, plots, and character

Place, setting, and world building

These topics will be explored through a series of problem-based learning tasks.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Written communication in assessed work, oral communication in seminars and workshops.
Improving own Learning and Performance Improving writing in response to workshop criticism, and responding to feedback on assignments. Improving reading and research skills.
Information Technology Use of word-processing skills to prepare and submit portfolios, accessing material on Blackboard, use of digital resources for research.
Personal Development and Career planning Through critical self-reflection; transferable communications and research skills.
Problem solving Dealing with the technical problems of writing fiction and poetry, including the correct use of conventions and English usage.
Research skills Undertaking research for portfolios, and background reading for lecture / seminar topics.
Subject Specific Skills Fictional and poetic techniques.
Team work Participation and collaboration in workshops and seminars.


This module is at CQFW Level 4