On the completion of this module students should typically be able to:
recognize a range of literary genres and demonstrate an understanding of how they work;
demonstrate an ability to write in a range of literary genres;
demonstrate a developing critical awareness of their own writing practice;
demonstrate an ability to express themselves clearly in writing and in speech.
This module is based upon a series of writing tasks which involve 'transposing' a pre-existing piece of material in some way, either from one medium to another (from example, from picture to words), or from one genre to another (for example, from biblical story to thriller), or from one viewpoint to another (for example, from first-person narrative to third person 'omniscient narrator' style), and so on. The idea is to remove the burden and anxiety of conceiving plot and situation, so that technique and treatment can become the focus.
Outline of weekly programme
Weeks 1-2: From Picture to Words
Weeks 3-4: From Genre to Genre
Weeks 5-6: From Viewpoint to Viewpoint
Weeks 7-8: From Long to Short, from Short to Long
Weeks 9-10: From Then to Now
Workbook: The Creative Writing Handbook, John Singleton and Mary Luckhurst, 2nd ed, Macmillan 1999
This module aims to develop students' knowledge and understanding of a range of literary forms and genres, to develop their range and capabilities as writers, and to enable them to work with increasing confidence in a variety of forms and genres.
This module is at CQFW Level 4