Module Catalogue 2023/24

SEL3400 : Prose Portfolio

SEL3400 : Prose Portfolio

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

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

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 20.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

Code Title
SEL2224Poetry Workshop
SEL2226Theatre Script Workshop
SEL2227Prose Workshop
SEL2228Screenwriting Workshop
Pre Requisite Comment

Students should have taken either SEL2224 or SEL2226 or SEL2227 or SEL2228 to be able to take this module.


Modules you need to take at the same time

Co Requisite Comment



To prepare a portfolio of work which may consist of: a complete long story; or a collection of short stories; or the opening chapters of a novel (plus a synopsis of 300-350 words).

To provide a self-reflexive commentary on the processes, influences, and themes of the work.

To develop skills in revision and feedback.

Outline Of Syllabus

There will be an initial plenary to discuss the module, and establish study groups.

Students will be required to attend six tutorials, three in semester 1 and three in semester 2.

Students will circulate work-in-progress within their study groups, and provide feedback on peers’ work-in-progress, three times in semester 1 and three times in semester 2

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

1. The student will acquire insight into the process of selecting and planning an extended creative project.
1. The student will acquire insight into the imaginative processes of writing at length.
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 creative prose.

Intended Skill Outcomes

1. The ability to create and develop a substantial body of creative prose.
2. The ability to apply craft skills, techniques and methods to own creative work.
3. The ability to sustain a self-directed project over time, to build on and develop work already underway, and to engage in a prolonged process of editing and revision.
4. The ability to read exemplar and other texts with attention to verbal and formal creativity.
5. The ability to demonstrate engagement with the critical process in a self-reflexive essay.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1150:00150:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork32:006:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision61:006:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1237:00237:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Each student attends the plenary session to learn about the module.

Each student attends three tutorials in semester 1 and three in semester 2 to report on work in progress for comment and discussion.

Each student attends three NCLA events / equivalents.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2A1008500 words of creative prose PLUS 1500 word commentary
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students on this module focus on the production of creative prose and on a critical essay on their creative work. The essay will discuss the process of drafting their creative work. It will also discuss any relevant information about influences and themes explored in the portfolio. It must include a bibliography of books read and NCLA events attended as evidence of research.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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