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Modules

SEL2216 : Poetry, Script and Prose Workshop

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

1. Appreciation of the basic elements of poetry e.g. lineation, metrics, rhyme, imagery; of scriptwriting e.g. premise, scene development, dialogue, pace, setting; and of fiction e.g. story arc, plot, narrative point of view, characterisation.
2. Development of voice and style to produce a poem, script or short piece of fiction with consideration of intended audience.
3. Develop reading and writing skills in poetry, scriptwriting and in prose fiction.
4. Develop imaginative skills in relation to own creative work.
5. Experience in drafting and revising in response to a range of feedback and reading.

Outline Of Syllabus

Week 1
One 1 hour plenary session: Creativity and Writing Skills. At this session students will select either the poetry, script, or prose strand of the module and will be divided accordingly into one of three groups. There will be two hours of seminars (one set for those who have opted to take poetry, one set for those who have opted to take script; and one set for prose fiction).
Weeks 2-8
This section of the module consists of weekly 2 hour lectures and the continuing weekly 2 hour seminars (one set for poetry, one set for prose). Script students will have two hours of taught seminars in place of the lectures, plus the continuing weekly 2 hour seminars, which will consist of discursive workshops on their writing.
Weeks 9-11
Students will attend one 1 hour plenary session, and continue to meet for the weekly 2 hour seminars.

There will also be individual half hour tutorials to be scheduled throughout the semester by teaching staff, at which each student may present a passage of their own writing for constructive criticism from their tutor, or submission plans may be discussed.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture21:002:00Plenary sessions at beginning and end of course to settle strands, and to instruct on submission.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture72:0014:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching112:0022:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops10:300:30Individual tutorial with each student
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1131:30131:30N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The weekly lecture gives an overview of the course’s aims, introduces the students to formal questions about poetry, script and creative prose, and sets tasks and exercises to help them write.
The weekly seminar workshops enable the general principles of the course to be applied through close reading, or set exercises, or in practical critique of individual pieces of writing, led by the tutor.

The individual tutorial focuses the student’s attention on the revision process, leading in the commentary to an overview of techniques, and themes, and a contextualisation of their work in relation to contemporary writing.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1A100Portfolio 2,500 words of prose, OR 10-12 poems, OR 10 pages of script (2000 words), plus self-reflexive commentary of 1500 words.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students will submit ten to twelve poems, depending on length (14-40 lines is an acceptable average length), OR 10 pages of script (amounting to no more than 2000 words), OR 2,500 words of original creative prose (this should be a short story or, in consultation with a tutor, a short story collection)

A critical commentary of 1500 words will also be submitted. In this students should discuss their drafting process, and their principles of selection. They should also discuss any relevant information about genre, influences and themes explored in their work. It must include a bibliography of books read and events attended as part of this module.

The submission of creative work allows students to develop the range of skills and knowledge associated with the course. The accompanying commentary enables to student reflect critically upon their own creative processes, and to relate these to contemporary literature.

Reading Lists

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