SEL8641 : Introduction to the Craft of Writing

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To extend and nuance the range of skills and subject matter of students writing creatively and to encourage formal and thematic experimentation, while allowing students the framework in which to reflect critically and creatively on their own and other people’s writing.

Outline Of Syllabus

Over the course of taught sessions and scheduled individual tutorials, students will look at a range of literary devices in order to develop their understanding of the tools and resources available to them as writers. Students will explore potential sources and resources, experiment with a variety of dictions and registers, and have the chance to move towards developing their work in response to seminars, tutorials, and independent study and practice.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1179:30179:30N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching102:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery10:300:30N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Through close reading, discussion, writing exercises, and feedback received in seminars and tutorials, students will apply their knowledge of a range of forms, techniques and thematic concerns to their own writing practice. They will incorporate the skills of revision, self-evaluation, and selection into the preparation of their final creative portfolio.

Through workshops and exercises, students will become familiar with a range of creative techniques such as: poetic form and rhetoric, issues of contemporary poetry and the tradition and basic prose technique, structure, voice and style in prose writing.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1A100Around 2500 words prose; or 10-12 poems; or 10 pages of script and an essay of no more than 1500 words to a maximum of 4000 words.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students demonstrate acquisition of knowledge and skills through the submission of their creative work and further demonstrate their understanding of their own creative practice through the accompanying essay.

Reading Lists