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EL55C4: WRITING PROSE FICTION: THE JOURNEY. (2021-2022)

Last modified: 16 Aug 2021 13:50


Course Overview

This course will concentrate on the often protean process of writing fiction in longer forms, simultaneously exploring the potential of expanding, extending or even transforming students’ work. While creating prose, students will develop their understanding of fiction writing and storytelling but always in relation to exploring the potential of plot and character development. Students will arrive at satisfying samples of work with reasoned potential for expansion. Through supportive sessions, students will conclude the course with a completed, rounded segment of work but with clear ideas of plotting and where their story can journey on forward to. 

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Alan Warner

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

  • Either Master Of Science In Cultural And Creative Communication or M Litt in Creative Writing

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • EL50C4 Writing Prose Fiction: the Journey. (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?

Yes

One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.


Course Description

This course will concentrate on the often protean process of writing fiction in longer forms, simultaneously exploring the potential of expanding, extending or even transforming students’ work. While creating prose, students will develop their understanding of fiction writing and storytelling but always in relation to exploring the potential of plot and character development. Students will arrive at satisfying samples of work with reasoned potential for expansion. Through supportive sessions, students will conclude the course with a completed, rounded segment of work but with clear ideas of plotting and where their story can journey on forward to. 

Week 1. Character, Plot, Voice, Style: Favourite Books/Films.

Week 2. Flash Fiction. Dialogue. Short Stories. Plotting and visualising.

Week 3. Tense and Point of View. Staying with characters - or not.

Week 4. Practical Workshop.

Week 5. Plotting. Editing. Cutting. Expanding others’ work and own.

Week 6. Writing, plotting, editing Week.

Week 7. Workshop Feedback.

Week 8. Prose and film. Economy and visualising.

Week 9. Adapting work Screenplays. Dialogue

Week 10. Writing/expanding week

Week 11. Plotting Plans.

Week 12. Positive Conclusions.


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 26 - 35, 39

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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

Portfolio

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks 30 Feedback Weeks 33

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Feedback

In week 6, a mid-term short piece (or extract) of approximately 1500 words with plot ideas for further development must be submitted for an individual feedback session in Week 7. This feedback will comprise both formative and summative feedback delivered in oral and written form (drafts will be lightly copyedited)

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Portfolio

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 80
Assessment Weeks 35 Feedback Weeks 38

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Feedback

In week 12 students must submit a piece of prose fiction of no more than 4000 words (which includes a plot plan) together with an introductory essay of 1,500 words which will analyse the origins, development of the prose work and its forward planning, and evaluate its fulfilment of those intentions.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Portfolio

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralUnderstandTo provide an understanding of the processes of creativity and of the development of an original idea into a completed literary artefact.
ReflectionApplyTo provide students with techniques for developing or extending their own creativity.
ProceduralEvaluateTo enhance students’ understanding and appreciation of literature through practical engagement with the demands of formal control, coherence and aesthetic impact.

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