20 credits at level HE4
Fiction Writing Introduction is one of the three core introductory modules on the Creative Writing programme. The module is designed to stimulate your interest in what it takes to write fiction successfully at this level of study, and to support you in finding out about the kind of work that authors are currently writing and publishing. By examining the conventions observed by professional writers, you are encouraged to develop a practical sense of what writing is, how it works, and how you can take control of what you write. The reading list given is not exhaustive, and the more independent reading you undertake, the greater will be your awareness and enjoyment of the writing process. Classes generally feature the discussion of a particular technique, followed by a writing exercise aimed at allowing you to build up a practical understanding of its use. In this way, you will become familiar with a preliminary vocabulary of criticism and self-criticism and gain experience in drafting and redrafting your work.
The emphasis on your creative work in these introductory modules is complemented by the study of undergraduate skills which will have valuable practical applications in your studies at university.
In devising the creative element for this module we drew on the areas of fiction writing technique which have evolved with the traditions of English-language short story and novel writing, and which are of most relevance to contemporary published authors. These include development of character and place, viewpoint and voice, the visual image, pace, rhythms in language, imaginative and concise use of language, overall structure.
You will be introduced to the following undergraduate study skills: research, sending attachment by email, time management skills, note-taking, reading and analysing text, how to reflect effectively on your learning process. We will cover basic techniques for reading aloud and speaking effectively, building your confidence in contributing to class discussions. Another skill involves sharing ideas; you will be encouraged to join the moodle writing forum where students [and staff] can enjoy informal discussions on creative writing on-line, and share information.
The methods of teaching, learning and assessment for this module are designed to reflect the practice of professional writers. This moves between developing general expertise in writing as well as the day-to-day skill of putting words together effectively.
Notionally, a module of this length will require 200 hours of learning time, up to 30 of which will take place in the classroom. The main purpose of the module is that you should produce some original writing. Reading published fictional and critical works, and redrafting your own original pieces will account for a substantial portion of your learning time. You will attend group or individual tutorials which will focus on this. The feedback you receive in these sessions should be viewed as an informal part of the assessment process. In each weekly session the focus will be on a different aspect of writing through workshops conducted in a co-operative, supportive atmosphere. These methods are used in order to enhance understanding of the effects of writing techniques and to stimulate creativity, confidence and critical ability. Examples of the techniques under discussion will be drawn from the books on the reading list. The library holds copies of each title given. The aim is to refer only to books currently in print, and you may prefer to buy copies of your own.
The portfolio is made up of the assignments which arise out of the undergraduate skills part of the module and you will need to submit all of these assignments in order to pass the module. You will need to organise your private study so as to allow time to focus on all the module requirements.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Be able to appropriately apply some basic fiction writing techniques.
||Write original fiction using selected basic fiction writing techniques.|
|2.||Take a critical view of original and published writings, judging the work in terms of the effectiveness of the techniques used.||Discuss fictional works studied and practised. Make connections between what you write and what you have read; develop a sense of what is going on in published work. Write a reflective commentary on your original fictional work showing awareness of fiction writing techniques and the creative writing process.|
|3.||Work up loose ideas to a complete story||Draft and redraft for assessment|
|4.||Show understanding of undergraduate study skills e.g. note-taking in lecture/seminar discussions.
research as a writer
analysing extracts of published works
time management skills
send attachment by email
|Gather a portfolio of writing exercises as evidence of learned undergraduate study skills.|
|5.||Adopt professional practices e.g.
layout, referencing, producing manuscripts to a professional standard, working to tight deadlines.
|Present all written work to a professional standard, properly referenced, submitted on time.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||One complete short story of 1,500 words.||Portfolio comprising 5 short pieces of written work as evidence of learned undergraduate skills.|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
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