Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Creative Writing: Undergraduate Tutorials and Mentoring

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION This study-unit offers students tutorial sessions in English-language creative writing. It provides guidance in various aspects of students' writing, with the possibility of focusing closely on honing abilities and skills within one specific genre. Significant time is therefore devoted to looking closely at individual pieces of student writing and providing feedback and mentoring that can bring the prospect of publication closer.

Because of the nature of the sessions, which are tutorial-based, eligibility is determined on the basis of prior coverage of the Department's units in Creative Writing and/or the submission of a dossier demonstrating clear aptitude in the area (as ascertained by the Department).

Study-unit Aims:

(i) to deepen and diversify Creative Writing opportunities within the Department of English;
(ii) to provide an opportunity for mentored creative writing at undergraduate level;
(iii) to provide an opportunity for tutorial discussion of work in creative writing;
(iv) to provide an opportunity to focus on writing across one genre (in the case of short-form composition);
(v) to provide an opportunity to focus on and improve on one work in draft (in the case of longer-form writing);
(vi) to help students to set realistic goals within their creative writing;
(vii) to enhance students' understanding of opportunities in the writing of creative nonfiction, aside from other potential forms and genres.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

(i) better self-evaluate their own creative writing;
(ii) set realistic goals and timelines in relation to their own creative writing;
(iii) discriminate between the different strategies and skills essential to the writing of different genres;
(iv) make better decisions on which genres to focus on within their own creative writing;
(v) work with more practised and enduring focus on the improvement and completion of individual creative writing tasks;
(vi) self-edit their writing more effectively, whether within creative writing or beyond.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

(i) have finer and more productive discernment of genre(s);
(ii) write with more suppleness, across different styles and genres;
(iii) write with more focus and intent within any one task, whether it be creative or otherwise;
(iv) work with greater self-editing insight and awareness within both creative and non-creative writing.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Writers' and Artists' Yearbook (London: Bloomsbury Academic 2019 [This is re-issued in a new edition every year]


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Portfolio See note below No 100%
Note: Assessment due will vary according to the study-unit availability.

LECTURER/S Ivan Callus

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