CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP I - 2018/9

Module code: ELIM021

Module Overview

This is a Level 7 compulsory module for Creative Writing. It provides a systematic framework for students to receive regular peer and tutor feedback on their poetry and/or creative prose. Students may be set weekly writing tasks in advance of or during workshops, and should also be prepared to contribute fully to workshop discussion of their own and each other’s work. Each weekly workshop will focus on a specific topic or theme, with students producing and circulating their work in advance of the session and reading the work of the other members of the workshop group. The module will provide students the opportunity to produce, revise and polish their creative writing and will encourage and enable them to reflect on their own creative work and writing practice in a productive and critically-informed manner. Attendance is compulsory.

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

LUHNING HR Dr (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: W800

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None.

Module content

The following areas are indicative of topics to be covered:


The relationship between form and content
Dialogue
Character
Plotting and structuring creative work
Rhyme, rhythm, alliteration and assonance in prose and poetry
Optimising writing habits
Focalisation and point-of-view
Drafting, redrafting, revising, editing
Producing effective self-reflective commentary

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework PORTFOLIO (2500 WORDS CREATIVE PROSE OR EQUIVALENT FOR POETRY, PLUS 500 WORDS OF SELF-REFLECTIVE CRITICAL COMMENTARY) 100

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:


the development in their creative writing skills in prose fiction, poetry or other creative literary forms
the development of prose, poetry or other creative literary forms which engage with specific technical, formal, and creative challenges (such as voice, style, imagery, tone, atmosphere, character development, intellectual and emotional intensity, and so on) 
their understanding of the context of their work in historical and cultural terms, as well as in terms of other creative writing in the field 
their development of research and writing skills and, specifically, an understanding of matters relating to the dissemination of research and/or publishing 
productive and informed critical reflection on both the creative process itself and the finished work that has resulted from it 


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

End of semester Creative Writing Portfolio (2500 words creative prose or equivalent for poetry submissions, plus 500 words of self-reflective critical commentary) (100%)

Formative assessment and feedback

Verbal feedback and formative ‘feed forward’ is provided through seminar discussions, and tutor feedback in seminars, on short pieces (250-500 words of prose, or equivalent in another form) presented as part of the workshopping element of the classes. Each student can expect to present 2-3 such pieces over the course of the semester according to a schedule worked out between the tutor and the student cohort.
Written and/or oral tutor feedback will also be provided on one piece of creative writing (maximum of 1000 words or equivalent for poetry) during the course of the module (the student is free to submit this at any point of the semester).
As such, writing, presentation and critical analysis skills will be developed and honed which will feed forward to the summative assessment at the end of the module. 
There is the option of a range of other feedback mechanisms agreed between tutor and students in week 1 of the module, such as seminar contribution and writing exercises.

Module aims

  • Gain practice in producing prose, poetry or other creative literary forms which engage with
    specific technical, formal, and creative challenges (such as voice, style, imagery, tone,
    atmosphere, character development, intellectual and emotional intensity, and so on)
  • Become more incisive readers of peers’ work, to develop skills to offer constructive criticism of in-progress creative work and gain confidence in discussing their work and the work of others in a nuanced and closely-observed fashion
  • Gain experience in responding creatively to informed feedback through independent development, research, and revision of creative projects
  • Understand an overview of some of the major challenges involved in creating effective creative prose, poetry or other creative literary forms and experiment with different ways of approaching these challenges
  • Formulate and express their creative aims more clearly, and to reflect productively on the most effective methods of achieving them, including critical reflection on an appropriate literary context for their specific creative works
  • The module will assist students in developing productive methods of drafting, editing, revising and redrafting creative work

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Identify the specific technical challenges involved in a particular creative project CP
002 Identify a variety of creative techniques with which to respond to these challenges KCP
003 Understand, describe and explain the nature, role and significance of the creative choices they make as writers KCP
004 Offer detailed and constructive feedback on other students' creative writing – and in so doing gain insight into their own writing and how it might be improved KCPT
005 Respond to the detailed and constructive feedback of other students in order to polish, refine and rethink their own creative writing KCPT
006 Deploy a range of editing, revising and redrafting methods to improve their work KPT
007 Locate their own creative writing in relevant theoretical, literary and historical contexts KCP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 126

Seminar Hours: 22

Tutorial Hours: 2

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


Engage students in exploring and effectively realizing their creative ideas as practical and inventive creative projects (considering creative issues such as formal, technical, or thematic)
Hone and develop students’ writing skills in prose fiction, poetry or other creative literary forms by deploying a range of editing, revising and redrafting methods to improve their work, as well as by identifying the specific technical challenges involved in a particular creative project, and the creative techniques with which to respond to these challenges 
Assist students in locating their work in historical and cultural contexts by helping them develop their own creative writing in relation to relevant theoretical, literary, or historical contexts 
Equip students with the research and writing skills they will need to produce both critically informed prose, poetry or other creative literary forms and creative criticism by assisting them in responding to the detailed and constructive feedback of other students in order to polish, refine and rethink their own creative writing, as well as offering detailed and constructive feedback on other students’ creative writing – and in so doing helping them gain insight into their own writing and how it might be improved 
Facilitate in students’ productive reflection on both the creative process itself and the finished work that has resulted from it by developing an understanding, through description and explanation of the nature, role and significance of the creative choices they make as writers 


The learning and teaching methods include:

Two contact hours per week over Semester 2. Classes will take the form of workshops; students
are expected to read extensively outside classes and to undertake preparatory work in advance for
workshops.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP I : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/elim021

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Creative Writing MA 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Creative Writing MFA 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.