Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.
The purpose of this module is to enable the
student to identify and begin a first draft of an independent creative project.
Over the course of the module, the student will identify, draft, edit and present
a selection of early creative work and qualify their intentions for further
writing in a critical commentary.
This module will run in weekly seminars. Each week, seminars
will focus on different creative extracts submitted by students. These creative
extracts will be the beginning ideas and first extracts of an independent
writing project. The student will prepare a critique on each of the extracts
and seminars will assimilate the critique. The emphasis will be placed on the
craft of writing plays, poetry and prose, and the materials used will be drawn
from the student’s own creative writing and other exemplars of excellence of
craft. The module will offer critical reflection on the methods and purposes of
the subject and/ or practice within a broader context of enquiry suitable to
the output of the dissertation. Topics/themes will be chosen as necessary from
(among others): basic principles of writing; generic limitations and
possibilities; literary identity; stylistics; aesthetics and theme.
A student passing this module should be able to:
1. analyse and evaluate their own creative processes
in relation to their own initiation of a creative project;
2. analyse and critically evaluate a range of craft
and theoretical issues related to the first draft phase and generation of
ideas within their own work in particular;
3. synthesise wider perspectives on critical and to a
lesser degree theoretical reactions to creative and critical writing in
4. demonstrate a specialist knowledge of a chose
genre of writing directly related to the taught element of this module and
the assimilated learning from that of others
a comprehensive practical appreciation of methods of scholarly research and
A course map contains a list of the individual study units, called modules, that you study to complete your course. Some modules are compulsory, but you can sometimes choose modules outside your core area of study which interest you.
A module is a self-contained, individual unit of study. The module descriptor provides various details about the module including who the module tutor is, what you will be studying, how you will be assessed and what you will have learned once you have completed the module.
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