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SEL2215 : Creative Practice

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Jacob Polley
  • Lecturer: Dr Tara Bergin
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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 lectures and workshops 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.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture92:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops92:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1134:00134:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

A programme of lectures and workshops 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 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.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1A100A portfolio of creative and essayistic work. Submission not to exceed 4000 words.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The creative work will illustrate the student’s ability to analyse, select, and use 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.

The essayistic work will provide an appropriate context for students of creative writing to illustrate the relationship between their own creative practice and their understanding of those that they have assessed and evaluated throughout the module.

Reading Lists