Module Catalogue 2023/24

SEL2227 : Prose Workshop

SEL2227 : Prose Workshop

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Lars Iyer
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
  • Capacity limit: 45 student places

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

Semester 2 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
SEL2215Creative Practice
Pre Requisite Comment

Pre-requisite SEL1000 is for QW38 students only.
Pre-requisite SEL2215 is for all students, though students from other programmes may apply to the Module Leader.


Modules you need to take at the same time

Co Requisite Comment



1. Appreciation of the basic elements of fiction e.g. story arc, plot, narrative point of view, characterisation.
2. Development of voice and style to produce a short piece of fiction with consideration of intended audience.
3. Develop reading and writing skills 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.
6. Developing skills of giving and receiving feedback on creative work.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module consists of a programme of weekly 2 hour lectures and 2 hour seminars.

There will also be individual quarter 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 advice from their tutor, or submission plans may be discussed.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

1. The student will acquire insight into the imaginative processes of writing.
2. The student will also acquire insight into the affective power of language.
3. The student will understand key technical aspects of creative prose structure.
4. The student will expand their knowledge of a range of contemporary creative prose.

Intended Skill Outcomes

1. The ability to share your own work and to give and receive peer feedback on creative prose.
2. The ability to create and develop a short piece of creative prose.
3. The ability to apply craft skills, techniques and methods to own creative work.
4. The ability to maintain a creative journal.
5. The ability to build on and develop work already underway and engage in the process of editing and revision.
6. The ability to read exemplar and other texts with attention to verbal and formal creativity.
7. The ability to assess and reflect upon their own creative work and the work of peers with constructive rigour in seminars, and in their creative journal.
8. The ability to demonstrate engagement with the critical process in an essay.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture92:0018:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching82:0016:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1166:00166:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The weekly lecture introduces the students to formal questions about 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 tutorials focuses the student’s attention on the revision process, leading in the essay to an overview of craft methods, and a contextualisation of their own work in relation to contemporary writing.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2A100A portfolio of 2000 words of prose plus an essay of 1000 words, and 1000 words of continuous assessment.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students will submit a portfolio of 2000 words of prose plus an essay of 1000 words, and 1000 words of continuous assessment.

[In the essay students should discuss their drafting process, craft methods, and their principles of selection. They should also discuss any relevant information about genre, influences and themes explored in their work. The essay 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 essay enables to student reflect critically upon their own creative processes, and to relate these to contemporary literature.]


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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