Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Writing and Place
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 Creative Writing Portfolio  (4000 words)  100%
Supplementary Assessment Creative Writing Portfolio  (4000 words)  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate an ability to carry out a range of research, including fieldwork.

2. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of appropriate writing techniques used in writing place across form, and the ability to apply them to their own writing.

3. Demonstrate an awareness of individual, social, historic and political approaches to place.

4. Demonstrate, in critical prose, an awareness of their own writing processes and their context within literature.

5. Make constructive critical responses to their own and other students' writing, and engage in appropriate revisions of their own work.


This module will encourage students to develop a sense of place in their creative writing

Brief description

This module pays equal attention to places as geographical and human realities, as well as symbolic constructs. On the first, realist level, students will be asked to remember and describe places they have known, and to explore known and new places. On the second, imaginative level, they will be asked to think about the symbolic resonances of certain categories of place (city, forest, seascape, etc.). They will read and discuss texts which evoke a range of different places and create new fictional places of their own making as well as writing observational pieces. All of which, are based around fieldwork and research.

While these two levels will be distinguished for teaching purposes, the interaction between them will also be emphasised: symbolic ideas colour our attitude to real places, and our experience of real places informs the creation of fictional ones. At all times, the essential writing skills of prose and poetry will be borne in mind.


Seminar Schedule:

1. There’s nowhere like home: An introduction to place and identity, exploring the nature of home from symbolic and personal perspectives.

2. Fieldwork: The art and practicalities of observation and the role of observation in writing. Small groups will plan a task to be carried out for the following week.

3. The Art of Activism: Nature Writing and Ecocriticism.
Workshop short report on planned observation task.

4. How does it make you feel?: Exploring harmonious and antagonistic landscapes and how these can be used across genre and form.

Workshop: Nature Writing essay.

5. Exploring Cities: introduction to psychogeography. Reports 1: First round of reports where students present findings from their recent visit to
somewhere new. This will form the basis of the portfolio.

6. Passing through: an introduction to travel writing. Reports 2: Second round of individual reports.

7. Liminal spaces: thresholds and nowhere places. Reports 3: Third round of individual reports.

8. Poetry and the environment: an introduction for all writers. Reports 4: Fourth round of individual reports.

9. Bringing it all together: Decision making, planning and writing the assignment.

Workshop: on work in progress.

10. A celebration of place: Recap of elements covered on module.


Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Through workshop and seminar discussion, and through writing the assignments.
Improving own Learning and Performance Through independent reading and research.
Information Technology Use of digital resources for research.
Personal Development and Career planning Develop awareness of personal skills, improving work in response to peer and tutor feedback.
Problem solving Through dealing with problems of writing and research.
Research skills Understand and apply a range of research methods.
Subject Specific Skills Use appropriate critical and/or evaluative skills in presenting a written argument. Use appropriate organisational, observational, critical, and writing skills to produce report from fieldwork research.
Team work Play an active part in group activities in the seminar workshop.


This module is at CQFW Level 6