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SEL8678 : Craft: Poetry

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Bill Herbert
  • 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
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


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 independent research, 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 poetic forms and structures, and have the chance to move towards developing their work in response to talks and seminars and independent study and practice.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching92:0018:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery10:300:30N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1181:30181:30N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Through close reading, discussion, writing exercises, and feedback received in skills practice sessions, 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.

Module talks (and/or online equivalent), skills practice sessions (which will also incorporate an element of peer-to-peer feedback), and independent study will provide the opportunity for close scrutiny of texts and detailed exploration of the strategies used by a variety of writers, as well as general discussion of ideas regarding the processes of writing and critical thinking.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1A100The assessment will be comprised of a mixed portfolio of creative and essayistic work
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students demonstrate acquisition of knowledge and skills, as well as understanding of their own creative practice, through the submission of their portfolio.

Reading Lists