OPEN WRITING II - 2023/4
Module code: ELIM043
This optional module provides students with the opportunity to produce EITHER an English Literature study in an area of their choice (thematic, genre, period or author based, for example), OR a creative writing portfolio and accompanying critical commentary on an area, and in a creative form, of their choice. The module thus gives students considerable flexibility and optionality, in that they may explore here any topic they are interested in which is not elsewhere covered on the programme; this module is also one means by which students may adapt a ‘generalist’ MA curriculum into a more focused, specialist curriculum in which a preferred core topic is studied across multiple modules.
English Literature option: Students conduct (under supervisory guidance) independent literary research at postgraduate level. Students identify their preferred area of research and then work with an assigned tutor, who will be an experienced researcher in a relevant field of literary studies, to devise a research question, carry out a small-scale and focused programme of research, and write and submit a 3000-word essay. Through planning and completing their research programme, students will develop not only greater knowledge of their chosen topic but also skills in time management, researching, and writing.
OR Creative Writing option: Students devise, write and reflect upon an extended piece of creative writing exploring ideas, forms, themes, and approaches of their own choosing. This piece could, for example, be a short story, a chapter of a novel or a portfolio of poems. Students will identify their chosen theme, subject and literary form and then work with an assigned tutor, who will be an experienced creative writer with appropriate creative interests and writing experience. This module enables students to explore the subject matter and aspects of creative practice most important to them, while their tutors guide them through the key stages in producing a polished and effective piece of creative writing. The tutor will help them to engage with the specific technical and creative challenges that their chosen piece, as well as encouraging them to reflect on the literary, critical and theoretical contexts in which their work locates itself. Through planning and completing this creative piece, students will develop skills in time management, research, planning and structuring, writing, editing and redrafting, plus critical self-reflection.
School of Literature and Languages
MOONEY Stephen (Lit & Langs)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 7
JACs code: Q320
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Independent Learning Hours: 106
Tutorial Hours: 3.5
Guided Learning: 40
Captured Content: 0.5
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
The content of the module depends in each case on the specific topic being researched, or on the specific subject, literary mode and genre of writing, as chosen by the student in consultation with their tutor.
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||Essay or Creative Writing Portfolio plus self-reflective critical commentary||100|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:
- the development in their critical writing skills in analyzing texts from a range of genres, or in their creative writing skills in prose fiction and/or poetry as well as productive and informed critical reflection on both the creative process itself and the finished work that has resulted from it.
- their understanding of the context of their work in historical and cultural terms, and to familiarize themselves with the history of literary production, or their understanding of the context of their creative 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 critical and political agendas of literary studies and on their own place within theoretical positions, or their ability to identify a creative project area, to realise this in specific prose, poetic or other writing form or forms and their creative ability in writing on themes or in techniques related to their own interests as creative writers
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
* End of semester Essay (3000 words) (100%) OR 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
English Literature option: Verbal feedback in tutorial sessions, on the secondary reading covered and the research context explored, as well as written and/or oral feedback on up to 1000 words of essay plan and annotated bibliography, leading up to, and informing, the summative assessment at the end of the module.
Creative Writing option: Verbal feedback in tutorial sessions on the creative process and the primary and secondary reading covered and the research context explored, as well as written and/or oral feedback on up to 1000 words of prose (or equivalent) of creative and/or critical writing, leading up to, and informing, the summative assessment at the end of the module.
- The module aims to: develop studentss autonomy and confidence as learners and writers, through supervision and guidance from an experienced researcher or an experienced creative writer, whether it be in formulating and researching literary critical ideas, or in producing an extended and polished pieced of creative writing
- train students to gather knowledge of the current state of scholarship on a specific subject of literary research, or to gather knowledge of the current state of scholarship in order to locate their work in literary, critical and theoretical context, and to better understand the history and creative demands of the form in which they are working
- help students plan and structure a complex argument in written form, and/or plan and structure an extended piece of creative writing
- equip students with the skills needed to frame working hypotheses, to evaluate them in the light of counter-arguments and counter-evidence, and to revise them, and/or with the skills needed to plan, draft, edit and revise their work
- help students design a small-scale and focused programme of literary research, or design a small-scale and focused writing schedule, and help them develop the writing habits needed to produce an effective extended piece of creative writing
- encourage students to acquire more productive habits of critically-informed self-reflection on their critical or creative work, in order to improve both this piece and their future critical or creative endeavours
|001||By the end of the module students will be able to: design, implement, and complete a small-scale and focused programme of literary research, or have experience in planning, structuring, writing and revising a piece of creative writing on a subject chosen by them||KCPT|
|002||Present a complex argument that takes due note of the current state of scholarship in the relevant field of literary studies, or have experience identifying the specific creative challenges posed by different kinds of writing and in thinking productively in different techniques and approaches for engaging with these challenges||KCPT|
|003||incorporate relevant primary and secondary evidence in an essay and how to document this evidence using a specified system of referencing, or have experience identifying the specific creative challenges posed by different kinds of writing, and in thinking productively in different techniques and approaches for engaging with these challenges||CPT|
|004||frame, evaluate, and revise hypotheses based on their research||CT|
|005||Have thought carefully about the writing habits that best suit them||CPT|
|006||Write fluently, persuasively, and unambiguously in critical terms in addition to lucidly and engagingly in creative terms, or have reflected critically on the writing process and the creative work produced, and drawn conclusions which will help them in further developing this piece and in planning and producing future pieces of creative writing||CPT|
|007||Work independently and manage their time effectively||PT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
- Hone and develop students’ critical skills in analyzing texts from a range of genres: prose, fiction, poetry, drama, etc by developing their ability to write fluently, persuasively and unambiguously, or hone and develop students’ writing skills in prose fiction and/or poetry by assisting them gaining experience in planning, structuring, writing and revising a piece of creative writing on a subject chosen by them, as well as in identifying the specific creative challenges posed by different kinds of writing, and in thinking productively in different techniques and approaches for engaging with these challenges.
- Assist students in locating literary texts in historical and cultural contexts, and to familiarize themselves with the history of literary production by developing in them the ability to present a complex argument that takes due note of the current state of scholarship in the relevant field of literary studies, or assist students in locating their work in historical and cultural contexts by enabling them in producing a highly- polished, well-researched and effective piece of creative writing.
- Equip students with the research and writing skills they will need to produce critically informed analyses of literary texts and engage with contemporary literary criticism by developing their ability to incorporate relevant primary and secondary evidence in an essay and document this evidence using a specified system of referencing, as well as to frame, evaluate, and revise hypotheses based on their research, or equip students with the research and writing skills they will need to produce both critically informed prose or poetry and creative criticism by assisting them in demonstrating an ability to work independently and manage their time effectively, and thinking carefully about the writing habits that best suit them. Facilitate in students productive reflection on both the critical and political agendas of literary studies and on their own place within theoretical positions by assisting them in developing and demonstrating their ability to design, implement, and complete a small-scale and focused programme of literary research, and to work independently and manage their time effectively, or facilitate in students productive reflection on both the creative process itself and the finished work that has resulted from it by assisting them in reflecting critically on the writing process and the work produced, and drawing conclusions which will help them in further developing this piece and in planning and producing future pieces of creative writing.
- Engage students in exploring and effectively realising their critical or creative ideas as practical and inventive critical or creative projects, and help students produce innovative, imaginative and exciting publication standard critical or creative work. The learning and teaching methods include: Small-group or single-student tutorials, the exact timing of which, over the course of the semester, is to be agreed between student and tutor. These small and usually 1-to-1 sessions enable tailored, highly focused and very detailed discussion of each specific project – an individualized approach that is necessary as students begin to produce unique, original research of their own
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.
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