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SEL2215 : Creative and Critical Writing

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To assist students in linking the critical and creative components of their programme, and explore relationship between creative and critical process

To inspire students to read as writers, encouraging reading of relevant publications to improve the style and technique of students' work, and developing an understanding of contemporary practices

To strengthen appreciation of research methods in creativity - how redrafting and critical reflection upon one's own writing and the work of others informs creative practice

To encourage students to learn and assess their writing in ways that mirror creative processes (eg selection of, imitation of, variation on, and development of form or style of relevant work)

To encourage students to learn and assess in ways that mirror research processes (e.g. requiring students to have their work critiqued and critically challenged by peers)

To develop involvement in research and awareness of the nature of research knowledge in the discipline

To develop abilities to carry out research and to link research and writing with reflective practice

To support and encourage students to take responsibility for their learning and to develop critical thinking and judgement

Outline Of Syllabus

Students will explore the relationship between the creative and the critical through lectures given by staff from both the Literature and Creative Writing Subject Groups, and in seminars led by members of Creative Writing Subject Group. Students will decide on an essay subject and an accompanying creative piece through discussion with staff in seminar and individual tutorial.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture82:0016:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops112:0022:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery10:300:30N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1131:30131:30N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Research-based and practice-led learning is integral to the structure and framework of the module.

In the lectures students will be introduced to the idea that creative writing can act as a method of research and a method of discovery by assisting them in establishing a pattern of self-assessment through reading and experiential writing, and through seminars, group discussions, workshops or tutorials.

In the seminars strategies will be used to develop students’ understanding of the importance of research-based learning and knowledge as well as their understanding and appreciation of the role of research in their discipline. These strategies include:

Emphasis on “reading as a writer and writing as a reader”; developing reflective skills; stimulating creative-critical process.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2A100A 1500 word essay. Creative element: 2500 words; or 10-12 poems; or 10 pages of script. Submission not to exceed 4000 words.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

There will be a critical and a creative component to the submission. The subject of the critical commentary will be a topic which explores and illustrates the relationship between critical analysis and creative expression. The essay title and precise nature of this topic will be established through discussion in both seminar and tutorial. This can for instance be a self-reflexive analysis of specific literary influence, in which the creative work supports and illustrates the critical commentary. The standards of the academic argument, the originality, scholarship and presentation of the critical element must be the same as that required of any other literary-critical module.

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