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EL5072: CREATIVE WRITING I (2021-2022)

Last modified: 16 Aug 2021 13:52


Course Overview

The course engages students in a variety of activities designed to develop their creativity and originality, as well as in specific tasks to test and extend their skill in the writing of poetry. Students will attempt imitations of a variety of different poetic styles, will be provided with a number of specific 'stimulus' exercises and will develop and revise their poems both independently and in regular workshop sessions.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr David Wheatley

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

  • Either Master of Letters in English Literary Studies or M Litt in Creative Writing

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The course engages students in a variety of activities designed to develop their creativity and originality, as well as in specific tasks to test and extend their skill in the writing of poetry. Students will attempt imitations of a variety of different poetic styles, will be provided with a number of specific 'stimulus' exercises and will develop and revise their poems both independently and in regular workshop sessions. Candidates will be assessed on the basis of: a folio of 8 complete poems, each piece no longer than 40 lines, or a single poem (a self-contained extract from a longer work is also permissible) no shorter than 180 lines and no longer than 300 lines (80%) together with a with a reflective essay discussing the key technical and expressive challenges met with during the creative evolution of the folio (20%).

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 9 - 13, 15 - 19
  • 2 Seminars during University week14

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Presentation: Recorded 15 min presentation on a piece of your work in progress OR on a piece of writing that has inspired you (a poetry collection/individual poem/manifesto/critical essay). Format to be discussed and agreed in advance with the tutor.  (30%).

Folio of 10-12 poems, each piece no longer than 40 lines (and the collection as a whole totalling no fewer than 120 lines) or a single poem (a self-contained extract from a longer work is also permissible) no shorter than 200 lines and no longer than 400 lines, together with a reflective account of the compositional process. This should take the form of a 1,200-1500 word essay discussing the key technical and expressive challenges met with during the creative evolution of the folio. It should be attached to the folio of creative work and submitted with it.  (60%)

A further 10% will be allocated for contributions to course discussions boards, in response to discussion prompts from the tutor.

 

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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