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Course Overview

This course is devoted to the development of non-fiction creative prose. Among the themes and genres engaged with will be: travel writing, psychogeography, non-academic critical writing, prose poetry, diary, memoir, and the fragment. Students will study examples across the genre and build up a portfolio of work, discussion of which will form the basis of weekly workshops.  

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr David Wheatley

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of Master Of Science In Cultural And Creative Communication or Master of Letters in English Literary Studies (Studied) or M Litt in Creative Writing (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Creative writing students may be tempted to see their work as divided between the discipline of primary/creative writing and the secondary/critical analysis of other texts. Non-fiction prose writing exists somewhere between these two poles, combining the creative intensity of fiction or poetry writing and the analytical and research skills required for critical writing. Non-fiction comes in many forms, from the personal essay to travel and nature writing to memoir, and on this course, students will study examples of modern and contemporary non-fiction prose by major practitioners of the genre. Critical writing too will be studied, in non-academic forms such as the book review and the manifesto. Historical and theoretical contexts will be studied, but with an emphasis too on the practical and a study of the market for contemporary non-fiction, in print and online forms. Assessment will take the form of a longer piece of non-fiction and a shorter self-reflective commentary piece.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University week s 7 - 17

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Summative Assessments

1x4000-word essay (80%), 1x1500 reflective commentary (20%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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