Module Catalogue 2023/24

SEL2215 : Creative Practice

SEL2215 : Creative Practice

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Jacob Polley
  • Co-Module Leader: Professor Sinéad Morrissey, Dr Tara Bergin
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
  • Capacity limit: 80 student places

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

Code Title
SEL1000Introduction to Creative Writing
SEL1031Drama, Theatre & Performance
Pre Requisite Comment

These pre-requisites are only for QW38 students.


Modules you need to take at the same time

Co Requisite Comment



This module provides an introduction to a variety of processes and practices involved in the development of creative and essayistic work.

It is concerned with the development of knowledge, understanding and experience of a range of creative approaches to writing.

It encourages critical consideration of creative methods and habits, and introduces a variety of intellectual and practical approaches to the compilation of a creative work.

It supports and encourages students to take responsibility for their learning and to develop creative thinking and judgement.

It aims to inspire students to use their understanding of a variety of creative practices as a means of improving their own creative, reflective and critical practices.

Outline Of Syllabus

In the lecture/workshops (and/or online equivalent) students will be introduced to a variety of creative practices, approaches and influences, and explore and discuss the ways that these can affect creative writing. Students will practice, evaluate and develop their own creative work as a response to the topics investigated during formal teaching, as well as carrying out independent research into their own creative practices, approaches and influences.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

At the end of the module it is expected students will have:

a developed knowledge of a range of creative writing practices

an increased ability to appraise a range of approaches to creative writing

an increased ability to choose new writing strategies drawn from critical reflection on their reading

a nuanced critical awareness gained from contextualising their own creative practice with respect to texts they have read

a critical awareness of the context in which writing is produced and how individual practice relates to that of predecessors and contemporaries, peers and established practitioners

Intended Skill Outcomes

At the end of the module it is expected students will have:

begun to analyse texts in terms of creative practice, methods and approaches

begun to develop the ability to assess, evaluate and choose new ideas about creative practices in relation to established conventions and knowledge

applied their understanding of the effects of creative process to their own creative practice

developed a new creative project

developed a reflective, essayistic practice

begun to develop reflective, critical, and innovative creative thought

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture82:0016:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1167:00167:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture82:0016:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00End of module plenary
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

A programme of lectures will support the development and reflective critical evaluation of individual creative writing practice as well as encouraging students to identify the context in which they are working. The lectures will cover subjects such as the habits and processes that lie behind certain creative works, and the potential creative practices available to creative writing students. The workshops and/or scheduled online contact time will provide peer and tutor support and feedback on individual creative approaches, developing the ability for critical reading of others’ work as well as for self-evaluation and drafting. This module places emphasis on the production of a portfolio of creative and essayistic work, developed through an increased awareness of a range of creative practices. This portfolio puts into practice the idea that creative writing can be a method of research and exploratory discovery, as well as demonstrating a critical awareness of the context in which the portfolio has been produced and how individual practice relates to that of predecessors and contemporaries, peers and established practitioners.

Professional guest speakers will be invited, where possible, to enhance and diversify learning.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1A100A mixed portfolio of creative and essayistic work. The submission should not usually exceed 4000 words.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The portfolio will illustrate the student’s ability to select, use and analyse new ideas about creative practices, and will demonstrate their ability to apply their understanding of the effects of creative processes to their own writing practice.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes

Texts may change from year to year. Recommended reading will include writing by creative writers and academics who are actively involved in research and in developing new teaching and writing techniques and whose work concerns the relationship between creative, reflective and critical processes.

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