EL5025 - Introduction to Creative Writing

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What will I learn on this module?

You will learn the basic skills and approaches of creative writing, identify them in the work of others and produce your own creative work. You will study key elements of writing such as plot, character, narrative voice, rhythm, form and language. Looking at how other writers have used these elements will lead on to writing your own creative pieces. You will also learn to give and receive feedback on draft work, and to revise your work in response to feedback. As well as preparing you for future creative writing modules, the module supports your learning in other modules by looking at literature from the point of view of the writer.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a weekly 90-minute seminar, individual tutorials, and independent learning. The seminars will introduce you to key topics in creative writing and a wide range of example texts. You will discuss and analyse these texts in order to develop your understanding, and carry out writing activities in order to put the topics into practice by producing your own creative work. Some sessions will be given over to writing workshops, in which you will read and discuss fellow students’ work-in-progress.

Your independent learning will be focused on reading more widely and on producing your own writing. Tutorials will enable you to gain one-to-one tutor feedback and to talk to your tutor about the development of your work.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The module handbook provides details of seminars, reading lists and assessment criteria; the e-learning portal provides information about the module and week-by-week learning materials. The module tutors will be available in seminars, as well as in office hours and are contactable by email to discuss any queries or concerns you have about how to excel academically on the module. In particular, tutors will recognise that you are developing skills which may be unfamiliar, and will support you accordingly. Writing workshop sessions enable you to get both tutor and peer feedback on draft work, and the formative assessments provide an opportunity to get detailed tutorial feedback on draft work. These feedback mechanisms allow you to evaluate draft work and to make revisions in advance of summative assessments.In addition, you have a designated Guidance Tutor throughout the entire duration of your programme. The academic side of the Guidance Tutor’s role includes:
• monitoring your ongoing academic progress
• helping you to develop self-reflection skills necessary for continuous academic development
• directing you to further available services which can help them with their academic skills (e.g. Library’s Skills Plus)
You are advised to see your Guidance Tutor at least twice each semester to review your academic progress. 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:
• Demonstrate an understanding of key writing techniques and devices

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• Produce effective creative work in the light of study, reflection and practice
• Give and receive effective feedback on creative work

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• Reflect critically on work of self and others

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment
Mid-semester submission of draft creative work totalling 500-700 words or equivalent (each semester)

Summative assessment
Creative portfolio 1 (50%): creative work totalling 1,500 words (or equivalent), plus a 500-words commentary reflecting on the writing process.

Creative portfolio 2 (50%): creative work totalling 1,500 words (or equivalent), plus a 500-words commentary reflecting on the writing process.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

This module is your opportunity to try producing your own creative writing, exploring the key techniques of producing a piece of imaginative work and putting them into practice. You will read an analyse a variety of literary texts, produce your own creative work, and learn to give and receive feedback on drafts and use feedback to make improvements. You will develop your skills and confidence in creative writing, enabling you to take creative writing options at Level 6 where available, and your creative explorations will also enrich and deepen your critical readings of literature. The module is assessed through pieces of original creative writing supported by commentaries which reflect on the creative process. Creative writing staff will support you in developing what may be unfamiliar skills, and help you understand how creative work is assessed.

Course info

UCAS Code Q320

Credits 20

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 2019 or September 2020

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