HM4103: Prose Fundamentals

HM4103: Prose Fundamentals

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title Prose Fundamentals
Module Code HM4103
Module Tutor Duncan Dicks
School School of Education and Humanities
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 4
Brief Description

This module introduces students to the fundamentals of writing creative prose. It familiarises them with such basic elements as description, characterisation, plot, conflict, pacing, point of view, and theme. Students will study short stories and extracts from novels, and they will also learn through in-class exercises, and through tutor-led peer critique exercises. This module will reflect on the nature and variety of prose writing practices, and in doing so it provides an introductory overview and practical guide to prose for students beginning the Creative Writing programme.

Indicative Syllabus

This module will be delivered through a combination of lectures and workshops. In the first semester the lectures will concentrate on plot, point-of-view, dialogue, concrete detail, and assessment requirements. In the second semester the lectures will concentrate on characterisation, description, theme, and pacing. The workshops are a chance for students to receive feedback from the tutor on their writing; they will also develop their critical skills through discussing the work of their peers.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the theories and popular beliefs associated with literary prose.
  2. Demonstrate a developed understanding of their own habits and beliefs in relation to creative composition.
  3. Grasp the practical demands and disciplines of short prose writing through a range of examples drawn from the work of established writers.
  4. Display basic organisational and time-keeping skills to support their writing.
  5. Reflect critically on their work in preparation for editing and redrafting.
  6. Show they can work collaboratively and constructively in groups.
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 80
Independent Learning Hours: 220
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 50% Assignment: Individual: 3000 words or equivalent
002: 50% Assignment: Individual: 3000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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