EL6035 - Creative Writing Project

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What will I learn on this module?

This module provides an opportunity to undertake a sustained, large-scale writing project as the culmination of your degree. It allows you to demonstrate both creative skill and the ability to reflect critically on your creative writing practice.

You will undertake a Creative Writing Project of 8,000 words of prose fiction or 300 lines of poetry. Your creative writing project may take any form that is agreed by the project supervisor, but in most cases will be:
• A collection of poetry;
• A collection of short stories;
• A novella;
• Part of a novel
As well as the creative work, you will submit a critical commentary reflecting on the project. The commentary must be 1,000-4,000 words. The creative work will be 4,000-7,000 words, so that together they make a total of not more than 8,000 words.
As well as the final project, you will give a formatively assessed presentation, and submit summatively assessed draft work, in semester 1.

How will I learn on this module?

The module is primarily student-led, which means that you are responsible for developing, planning and carrying out your own creative project. You will read widely a selection of primary and secondary texts, develop ideas, draft and revise creative work, and reflect critically on your writing. You will attend lectures addressing key stages of the project, and small-group workshops in which you will read and comment on each other’s draft work.
At this stage in your degree you will develop independent ways of working and take ownership of your own learning and writing, and the academic support you will receive is designed to help you do that. You will attend fortnightly tutor-group seminars, a small number of lectures, and one-to-one tutorials with a project supervisor who will work with you over the course of the module. You will be supported in gaining appropriate ethical clearance for your project.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Your main support will come from your supervisor, who will help you to develop your practice based-research in relation to your project. He or she will also help you develop your research, build a bibliography, and discuss the development of your writing. You will also have the opportunity to make a support network with other students undertaking projects through the fortnightly workshops.

Your module tutor will place PowerPoint slides from lectures and other material on Blackboard to help you support your engagement with your project and with the assignments.

Your supervisor will provide feedback on your ideas for your first piece of written assessment, and feedback on this piece will feed forward to help you develop your skills for the dissertation.

You have a designated Guidance Tutor. The academic side of the Guidance Tutor’s role includes:
• monitoring your ongoing academic progress
• helping you to develop self-reflection skills
• directing you to services which can help you with your academic skills (e.g. Library’s Skills Plus)
The Guidance Booklet, which you receive at the start of your first year, includes structured materials designed to help you develop your self-reflection skills. These materials underpin the academic side of the regular Guidance meetings, helping you to learn how to best use the feedback you receive on your assignments, how to build on your strengths, and improve in the areas where you could perform better.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. a detailed and coherent knowledge of the literary mode, genre and/or form you are working in
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. ability to apply imagination and appropriate writing techniques to produce an effective piece of imaginative writing
3. an ability to analyse and reflect on your own work and the work of others
4. advanced research, writing, project management and presentation skills appropriate to the nature of your project

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Independence and purpose

How will I be assessed?

Formative feedback on draft work will be provided on an ongoing basis during tutorials and small-group workshops. (MLO 1, 2, 3)

Formative assessment (semester 1)
10-minute presentation on a text of the your choice, reflecting on its technical construction and any other relevant aspects of its writing or context, and drawing lessons for your own project. Oral & written feedback. (MLO 1, 3, 4)

Summative assessment
1 Draft project (semester 1) (30%)
A piece of draft creative work (1,500 words of prose or 30 lines of poetry), plus a 500-word commentary reflecting on the work and describing how the issues referred to in the presentation have fed into the creative work. Written feedback. (MLO1, 2, 3, 5)

2 Final project (semester 2) (70%)
A creative project with accompanying reflective commentary, totalling 8,000 words. Written feedback. (MLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

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Course info

UCAS Code QW38

Credits 40

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Humanities

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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