|Module Title||WRITER'S ART 1: A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO TECHNIQUE|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Matthew C Francis|
|Other staff||Mrs Carol M Marshall, Dr Damian Walford Davies, Dr Matthew R Jarvis, Mr Michael J Smith, Dr Richard J Marggraf-Turley, Ms Rebecca L Nesvet|
- Negotiate the techniques and styles of their chosen genre(s).
- Structure their work with the needs of genre, reader, content and economy in mind.
- Manipulate and control their (literary) language(s).
- Demonstrate the acquisition of professional presentational skills appropriate to the level of the module.
- Contextualize their own writing and to reflect critically on their own writing process in the accompanying critical commentary
1 The King Died: The Queen Died of Grief: Basic plotting, causality and denouement.
2. No Ideas But in Things: Showing and telling (direct/indirect exposition), effective use of images, detail etc.
3. Conflict and Tension: Building a more complex tone; pacing; having 'something at stake'.
4. Secrets: 'Seducing' the reader; techniques of concealment and revelation
5. Everything Happens Somewhere: Developing context, setting and atmosphere.
6. Surprises: Metaphor and defamiliarisation, risk-taking, going beyond the obvious in language, imagery, plot, character, perspective, etc.
7. Shrink and Expand: 'Long shot' and 'close up' techniques; temporality and pacing.
8. Say Something: Monologue and dialogue, different conventions for employing voice in prose and poetry
9. Be Someone Else: Writing from unfamiliar subject positions, (eg. in age, gender, race, time, species); The limitations of 'actual experience' v. 'authentic' and well-observed imaginative writing.
10. Old Wine, New Bottles: Working from myth, legend, fairytale etc., 'writing back' using any of techniques practised throughout the module (preparation for 'Transpositions').
Select Bibliography: Workbooks (at least one will be recommended, and material provided in seminars)
Julia Casterton, Creative Writing: a Practical Guide, 2nd edition, Macmillian 1998
Paul Mills, Writing in Action, Routledge 1996
Jenny Newman et al, The Writer's Workbook, Arnold 2000
John Singleton and Mary Luckhurst, The Creative Writing Handbook, 2nd edition, Macmillan 2000
This module is at CQFW Level 4