THINKING LIKE A WRITER - 2020/1
Module code: ELI1027
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Building on Intro to Creative Writing I, this module will further examine prose and poetry, and will also address writing for film and stage. Additionally, this module will encourage students to reflect on what it might mean to ‘think like a writer’. It will introduce students to scriptwriting and writing for the stage, through the work of individuals who are both critics and creative practitioners in their respective fields. The module also examines the creative work of a poet, a playwright and two very different prose writers in the light of these authors’ critical writing, and helps students to think about how their own creative and critical practice might inform each other. The module ends by introducing the narrative theory that will be explored in greater depth in the second year of the Creative Writing programme.
School of Literature and Languages
MOONEY Stephen (Lit & Langs)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 4
JACs code: W800
Module cap (Maximum number of students): 45
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Students must be enrolled in the English and Creative Writing programme, or be taking Creative Writing as their minor pathway.
The following areas are indicative of topics to be covered:
- Thinking Like a Writer
- Introduction to Drama
- Introduction to Film
- Writers on Writing
- Preparing Creative Work
- Introduction to Narrative Theory
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||PORTFOLIO OF CREATIVE WRITING (1000 WORDS OR EQUIVALENT) AND REFLECTIVE CRITICAL COMMENTARY (500 WORDS)||100|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate
- the development in their writing skills in academic prose, and/or creative writing (prose fiction and/or poetry)
- 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
- productive and informed critical reflection on both the literary writing itself and the critical and secondary material that surrounds it, and/or both the creative process itself and the finished work that has resulted from it
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
Portfolio of Creative Writing (1000 words or equivalent) & Reflective Critical Commentary (500 words)
Formative assessment and feedback
Formative ‘feed forward’ is provided through seminar discussions, tutor feedback in seminars, and a range of other feedback mechanisms agreed between tutor and students in week 1 of the module, such as seminar contribution and writing exercises.
- Explore the relationship between critical analysis and creative practice in a variety of contexts
- Encourage students to reflect on the demands of dramatic structure – and its relationships to storytelling in other media and modes
- Introduce students to the creative challenges and possibilities of writing for stage and screen
- Facilitate textual production in various contexts by providing students with a theoretical and practical toolkit for text design
- Further build confidence in presenting their creative work
- Further build editing and workshopping skills
|001||Reflect on the relationship between creative practice and critical and theoretical approaches to the text||C|
|002||Draw on their creative practice to inform their critical thinking, and vice versa||K|
|003||Write competently and confidently for a variety of different modes and media||P|
|004||Think about types of cliché, and how it can be avoided or used in their own writing||T|
|005||Demonstrate further developed workshopping and editing skills||KT|
|006||Demonstrate further developed awareness of their creative process||KP|
|007||Demonstrate familiarity with some of the key ideas and concerns in narrative||KC|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 128
Lecture Hours: 11
Seminar Hours: 11
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
- Hone and develop students’ writing skills in academic writing, and/or creative writing (prose fiction and/or poetry) by developing an awareness of the application of their creative practice in inform their critical thinking, and vice versa, and in further developing workshopping and editing skills
- Assist students in locating literary texts and their critical writing, and/or their creative work in historical and cultural contexts by identifying some of the key ideas and concerns in narrative, and the relationship between creative practice and critical and theoretical approaches to the text
- Equip students with the research and writing skills they will need to produce critically informed academic writing, and/or creative writing (prose fiction and/or poetry) and creative criticism by developing competency and confidence in writing in a variety of different modes and media, by encouraging thinking about types of cliché, and how it can be avoided or used in their own writing, and in developing further awareness of their creative process
The learning and teaching methods include:
2-hour seminar per week x 11 weeks, 2-hour essay-planning session in week 12.
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 for THINKING LIKE A WRITER : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/eli1027
This module has a capped number and may not be available to ERASMUS and other international exchange students. Please check with the departmental exchange coordinator.
Programmes this module appears in
|English Literature with Creative Writing BA (Hons)||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% 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 2020/1 academic year.