EN1CW-Introduction to Creative Writing

Module Provider: English Literature
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:4
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
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Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Conor Carville

Email: c.carville@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

This module introduces students to multiple forms of creative writing, including drama, prose fiction, and poetry. Participating students will consider practical and theoretical issues involved in processes of creative writing, and will develop skills in the composition, criticism, revision, and polishing of their work. Each student will write a short scene in the form of dialogue OR  a short story, and ten poems. These pieces will be discussed in workshop-style seminars, with everyone contributing feedback on each other's drafts. Students will submit a final portfolio containing their finished dialogue or story, and poems, plus a critical essay reflecting on their creative-writing process, feedback they have received, and any revisions they have made.


Aims:
This module provides students with knowledge and understanding of issues surrounding the culture and practice of creative writing. It aims to promote skills of composition and of critical reflection on the students’ own work and on that of their peers.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module students should be able to:
•Prepare typescripts, in all the relevant forms, to a proficient level, with proper formatting and styling, and, where appropriate, referencing of sources
•Respond to feedback (given by the seminar leader and peers) through processes of revision in their creative work
•Show skills in careful textual analysis of their own work
•Demonstrate an ability to think from the points of view of readers or an audience
•Construct and express coherent arguments in writing.

Additional outcomes:
Oral as well as written communication skills will be developed, together with critical, interpretative, and analytical abilities. Students will also enhance their IT competence through the use of relevant web resources and learn how to do so in a critically informed manner. Students will learn to engage constructively and critically in class discussion with the work of their peers, and the issues raised by each week’s assigned reading.

Outline content:

In the Autumn term students will attend two introductory lectures as well as other timetabled events, including the Finzi Memorial Lecture. In the Spring term, there will be a 1-hour lecture plus a 2-hour workshop each week. The lectures in the Spring term will introduce a range of ideas relevant to drama, prose fiction, poetry, and the required critical essay. As well as discussing these ideas in greater depth, the seminars will be shaped around the assessment tasks that students will undertake for their portfolios, including: the scene of dialogue (1000 to 1200 words long) OR  the 1500-word short story; the poems, of which there must be at least ten (and which must include one formal and one more experimental poem, line and word length to be agreed with the seminar leader); and the 1500-word critical essay. In the first two weeks of the Summer term, students will meet for group sessions with their seminar leader to prepare for the final submission of their portfolio and accompanying critical essay.


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Autumn Term: two lectures, plus additional events, including the Finzi Memorial Lecture.
Spring Term: ten 1-hour lectures and ten 2-hour workshops.
Summer term: two 2-hour seminars.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 2 10
Seminars 0 20 4
Guided independent study 0 108 56
       
Total hours by term 2.00 138.00 60.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Portfolio 100

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

Regular oral feedback in weekly workshops. Students will also receive formative written feedback on one draft of each component of their creative writing, i.e. dialogue/ story and poetry. They will receive summative written feedback on their submitted portfolio, with the creative writing therein worth 60% of the total mark, and with the critical essay worth 40%. The portfolio will be submitted during the course of the Summer term.


Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.

The following penalties will be applied to coursework which is submitted after the deadline for submission:
•where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline, up to a total of five working days;
•where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

(Please refer to the Undergraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guideUG.aspx)


The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of at least 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination in August / September. Coursework will be carried forward if it bears a confirmed mark of 40% or more. Otherwise it must be resubmitted by 22nd August.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Key Readings List:
    You can view a Key Readings list for this module here: http://readinglists.reading.ac.uk/lists/724D896C-01C7-68A4-1D87-61487D460312
    N.B. Reading lists may change before the module starts.

    Last updated: 20 October 2017

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