MA Creative Writing

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Forms of Writing II

Unit code ENGL70042
Credit rating 30
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by English and American Studies
Available as a free choice unit? No


This team-taught course unit is designed to develop on Forms of Writing 1, which aims to hone awareness of how different formal choices and approaches affect the treatment of content. Forms II will further sharpen students' understanding of craft, form and genre, and aims both to refine the practice of reading as a writer, and to shape critical responses to texts. The course will consider how similar subject material can be treated differently in a variety of forms, and will examine how formal choices determine the shaping of content and emphasis. It will also look at how inter-formal relationships and hybrid approaches to narrative influence contemporary literature. Genres under consideration will include short stories, novels, poetry, prose non-fiction and film.


 -Introduce students to a range of inventive and accomplished approaches to narrative and plot
- Introduce students to a range of scholarly approaches to the subject of form and genre
- Develop students' ability to hone their own writing skills in a critical and scholarly context
- Develop students' ability to offer useful feedback to other writers
- Encourage students to read and learn from selected examples of contemporary fiction and poetry.
- Develop cross-genre awareness amongst students of both fiction and poetry

Knowledge and understanding

Demonstrate a working knowledge and understanding of key concepts of form in fiction and poetry writing.

Show knowledge and understanding of selected examples of contemporary writing.

Show knowledge and understanding of scholarly readings of selected contemporary writing, and of the issues of form and genre.


Intellectual skills

Write a scholarly essay that demonstrates understanding of both primary literary texts, and also secondary scholarly treatments of these texts.


Practical skills

Essay composition, research and bibliography compilation.

Articulating a response to contemporary writing, and assimilating a range of scholarly responses.


Transferable skills and personal qualities

Produce writing that is stylish, informed and intellectually robust.

Formulate a critical response to a variety of genres and forms.

Improve their own creative writing using knowledge acquired.

Assessment methods

Essay 100%


Recommended reading

In addition to texts cited above, a range of secondary sources will be considered.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Seminars 33
Independent study hours
Independent study 267

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Honor Gavin Unit coordinator

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