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SEL1000 : Introduction to Creative Writing

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Lars Iyer
  • Teaching Assistant: Mr Jake Morris-Campbell, Ms Tracy Gillman, Mr David Spittle
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To develop the student’s imaginative capacity, confidence and technical skills in writing poetry, script and creative prose.
To introduce them to the teaching methods of Creative Writing.
To encourage them to read as writers, and to discuss critically their own creative writing and that of others.

Outline Of Syllabus

There are a series of 2 hour lectures which introduce students to the principles, methods and techniques of Creative Writing. These are accompanied by weekly 2 hour seminars in which students meet in groups of up to fifteen, where students may be given exercises to help them write creative texts; engage in close reading of exemplar texts; or bring in creative work which will then be discussed by the workshop members. There is also an individual tutorial to discuss submission. Students build up a portfolio of work independently and maintain a creative journal.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture72:0014:00Three lectures introduce students to the course, including principles and methods of creativity.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching10:150:15Individual tutorial to prepare for submission
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching112:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1163:45163:45N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures give an overview of the course's aims and introduce the students to the principle methods of learning creative writing: the writing exercise, close reading of exemplar texts, and the group discussion of creative texts, as well as formal issues about the composition of poetry, creative prose, and script. The seminars encourage students to create and discuss texts. Students build up a portfolio of work independently: this is then discussed before submission in one-to-one tutorial.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1A100See rationale for details of portfolio
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Submitted portfolio of creative texts, consisiting of either 10-12 poems, 2000 words theatre script, 2500 words screenwriting, 3000 words of creative prose, or (if discussed and agreed with the tutor) a combination of these elements.

Reading Lists