Module Identifier WR30320  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Matthew C Francis  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Pre-Requisite EN10320 , EN10420  
Mutually Exclusive EN32420  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   10 x 2 hour seminar/workshops  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Students will present two portfolios of prose fiction with a critical commentary of the work. Each portfolio should contain 2500 words, of which no fewer than 500 and no more than 1000 should be critical commentary.100%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit any failed elements and/or make good any missing elements. Where this involves re-submission of work, a new topic must be selected. 

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module, students should typically be able to:

1. demonstrate knowledge of different kinds of prose narrative;

2. demonstrate an ability to write in a range of forms and genres of prose narrative;

3. demonstrate a developing critical and self-reflexive awareness of their own writing practice;

4. demonstrate an ability to express themselves clearly in writing and in speech.


This module aims:

1. to help students to develop their range and capabilities as writers;

2. to help students to work with confidence in a variety of prose forms and genres;

3. to help students develop their ability to reflect critically on their own writing practice.

Brief description

This module introduces the students to the basic structures of short prose narratives and the methods and techniques necessary for their construction. After the first week, workshops will be a principal feature of each seminar. Students will submit in advance work on a set theme or using a prescribed technique for discussion by the rest of the group. These workshops will be supplemented by discussion of texts and practical exercises. Themes and texts will be chosen to illustrate the topic of that week'r seminar.This module introduces students to the basic structures of short prose narratives and the methods and techniques necessary for their construction.


The module is taught in weekly 2 hours sessions over one semester.

Outline of Weekly Programme

1 What is a Story?

A discussion of a brief example story challenging students to rethink their definitions of the genre. Exercises in telling and writing very short stories.

2 The Epiphany Story

Stories based on the notion of epiphany, eg a character's emotional or spiritual coming of age.

3 The Relationship Story

Stories dealing with the start, end and continuing problems of relationships.

4 The Quest Story

Stories structured around the idea of a quest, in which a character tries to obtain some objective in the face of obstacles and ordeals.

5 Problems and Mysteries

Stories structured round the idea of a mystery, from the traditional detective story to less conventional attempts to find solutions to intellectual and emotional problems.

6 Imagined Worlds

Stories which build a world, whether through pure fantasy or by subtly changing the conditions of reality.

7 Writing about Writing

Stories which explore their own textuality.

8 Scene and Summary

Students will be asked to think about the structure of their stories and how they decide which parts of the narrative to show and which to tell.

9 Character and Dialogue

Students will be asked to think about the way they develop character in their stories, and project this through dialogue, with particular emphasis on the uses and abuses of stereotypes.

10 Redrafting and Revision

Students will work on a draft of one of their short stories with a view to improving it. There will be discussion of the different stages of planning, writing and revision.

Reading Lists

There are no set texts, but students are encouraged to read widely. An advisory reading list will be circulated at the beginning of the semester.


This module is at CQFW Level 6