BA Art History and English Literature
Year of entry: 2020
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Course unit details:
Creative Writing: Fiction
|Unit level||Level 2|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||English and American Studies|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
This course will teach you to become a more skilled reader and writer of fiction, with emphasis on the short story. One half of the class will be a seminar to focus upon an aspect of fiction-writing (typically including discussion of a story, close reading of extracts from a variety of fiction, and writing exercises). The other half (from week 4) will consist of a workshop to critique fiction submissions from the class (about three per session). You are required to submit two short stories of around 2500 words over the course to a rota for workshop critique, and after each submission you will see the tutor for a tutorial to agree next steps for improving the story. You will submit one of these stories together with a commentary as your main assessment.
As well as improving your own writing you will learn how to improve your editorial skills through your weekly critiques of each other’s fiction. Each week you will annotate other students’ submissions carefully, providing line edits and an overall summary to outline the story’s strengths and weaknesses, making suggestions for what the student might do to make the story better. You will upload these notes to Blackboard each week for assessment purposes.
• To identify and develop writing, reading and editorial skills in fiction by means of exercises and engagement with new texts in workshop context.
• To foster powers of critical thinking and skills in written and verbal forms of expression.
• To encourage students to join in productive group-work in a workshop context in order to reflect on their own learning and to assist with the learning processes of other students.
• To provide students with skills that are both related to the discipline and transferable to appropriate professional contexts.
By the end of the course unit the successful student will have demonstrated:
• Writing, reading and basic editorial skills in fiction.
• A level of critical and analytical thinking and skills in written expression appropriate to work that will form part of the final degree assessment.
• Confidence in presenting his or her own work, and critical skills in discussing the work of fellow students in constructive ways.
• An ability to engage in group-work in order to reflect on and develop his or her own learning and to assist with the learning processes of other students.
• Skills that are both related to the discipline and transferable to appropriate professional contexts.
Teaching and learning methods
One 3-hour seminar per week.
Assessment is by coursework. One story of 2500–3000 words revised in the light of workshop feedback and with a critical commentary of 500 words (80%); written feedback on other students' work – submitted online and in class every week (20%).
Written and face-to-face (upon arrangement)
Students will be required to read the contributions of fellow-members of the group.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Practical classes & workshops||33|
|Independent study hours|
|Luke Brown||Unit coordinator|
Timetable for 2019/20:
Seminar 1: Tue 3pm - 6pm
Seminar 2: Tue 9am - 12pm
Seminar 3: Fri 10am - 1pm
Entry to this course is by competition only. Places will be offered on the basis of samples of creative work submitted during the second semester of year 1. Those who have been successful in their application for the course will have been informed before pre-registration.