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SEL2227 : Prose Workshop

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Preti Taneja
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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.

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.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching112:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1167:00167:00N/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.

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 2,500 words of prose plus an essay of 1500 words, or the equivalent in continuous assessment.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students will either submit 2,500 words of original creative prose (a short story or stories), plus an essay of 1500 words, or be assessed via 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 ssay 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.]

Reading Lists