CREATIVE WRITING AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE - 2021/2
Module code: ELI3046
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This module is intended to follow on from previous CW modules and continue on with an advanced engagement with form and craft. It will concentrate on the practicalities of text production within the context of a broad narrative frame. It will combine seminar discussions on weekly themes and text analysis with creative writing exercises designed to give students the opportunity to write in relation to a brief and under timed conditions. These pieces will provide a basis for further out-of-class work, enabling students to build on work which will constitute a Creative Writing portfolio.
School of Literature and Languages
VLITOS Paul (Lit & Langs)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 6
JACs code: W800
Module cap (Maximum number of students): 31
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Students must be enrolled in the English and Creative Writing programme, or be taking Creative Writing as their minor pathway or have completed at least one previous Creative Writing module at the University of Surrey. At the discretion of the module co-ordinator students who have not previously completed a Creative Writing module at the University of Surrey but who submit to the module co-ordinator a portfolio of 1000-1500 words of creative writing (poetry, prose, screenplay or dramatic script) may also be admitted to this module. 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.
Topics covered are likely to include:
- Narrative I: Mystery and Suspense
- Narrative II: The Sentence
- Poetry : Appreciating Form
- Poetry: Patterns of Sound
- Imagery and Cliché
- Advanced Drafting, Redrafting, Editing and Revising
- Allusion, Homage, Parody and Pastiche
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||PORTFOLIO OF CW (APPROX 2400 WORDS IN TOTAL ) PLUS REFLECTIVE CRITICAL COMMENTARY ON CW PORTFOLIO (600 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:
Creative Writing Submission (2400 words) and Self-Reflective Critical Commentary (600 words)
Formative assessment and feedback
Verbal feedback in class, written and/or oral feedback on prepared written work and class exercises
- create a space for text production in a variety of professional domains and genres
- provide opportunities for self-reflection and reflections on the writing and production process
|001||Demonstrate enhanced understanding of the relationship between critical and creative practices||KC|
|002||Demonstrate the ability to respond creatively to a variety of technical challenges and the writing, editing and revising skills required to produce a polished and effective portfolio of creative writing||KCPT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Workshop Hours: 22
Independent Study Hours: 106
Seminar Hours: 22
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 confidence in the use of discipline-specific discourse practices and utilizing writing skills effectively
- Assist students in locating literary texts and their critical writing, and/or their creative work in historical and cultural contexts by identifying the connections and references in their own creative or critical writing to relevant theoretical, literary and historical contexts
- 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 an understanding of the nature, role, importance and impact of research in English and Creative Writing, and of a range of research preparation skills in English and Creative Writing
The learning and teaching methods include:
- 2 hour workshops x 11 weeks. Two contact hours per week over Semester 2. Students are expected to read 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.
Programmes this module appears in
|English Literature with Film Studies BA (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Theatre and Performance with Creative Writing BA (Hons)||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|English Literature with Creative Writing BA (Hons)||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|English Literature BA (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|English Literature with Politics BA (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|English Literature with Sociology BA (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|English Literature and French BA (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|English Literature and Spanish BA (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|English Literature with German BA (Hons)||2||Optional||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 2021/2 academic year.