Undergraduate prospectus

Course Information

Creative Project (LLT)

Module summary

Module code: COML1087
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Literature, Lang. and Theatre
Module Coordinator(s): Emily Critchley

Specification

Aims

The aim of Creative Projects is to enable Creative Writing students to spend their final undergraduate year specializing in their preferred genre (of poetry, prose, or play/screen writing). Students undertake an extended period of independent research (guided by lecturers) in a subject area / style that interests them. They are then asked to produce output of a significant length of publishable quality in their chosen genre.

The course investigates a range of writing practices for the 21st Century through practical writing workshops and self-directed academic study. It examines current discourses around literary form, e.g. the interface between narrative and non-narrative, and other contemporary experimental practices in both writing and theory. The course pays particular attention to the feedback loop between literature and selfhood, and how these are informed by political and philosophic issues such as gender, race and society.
The course is designed to familiarize students with a range of contemporary writing practices and to encourage students to investigate new approaches in their own practice, and to be able to contextualize their writing within contemporary theoretical and literary discourses.

Learning outcomes

Students will develop a secure knowledge of a wide range of forms and genres, as well as an in-depth understanding of contemporary writing practices and aesthetic strategies and their reciprocity. They will produce a distinctive portfolio of original written work to a publishable standard, contextualised by academic learning throughout the course. Students will improve their strengths as writers through peer-critique, and critique by lecturers specializing in their chosen genres. Students will also sharpen their critical and editorial skills.

On successful completion of this course a student will:

1 produce creative output of a professional length (e.g. a complete poetry collection or screen play) that is of publishable quality;
2 be able to conduct independent research in the production of creative texts and to look for stimuli to produce ideas;

3 have a secure knowledge of a wide range of contemporary texts, styles and forms in their chosen genre / subject area;

4 have considered the theoretical, political and philosophical backdrop to a range of contemporary writing; e.g. feminism, writing by people of other races, sexualities and political persuasions;


5 be able to contextualise their own writing within contemporary theoretical and literary discourses;

6 recognize the importance of analyzing the creative process and have demonstrated the ability to explore and develop their work through the 2000 word evaluation;


Indicative content

Through fortnightly seminars, one-to-one tutorials and self-directed reading and writing, students explore a subject area in a genre of their choosing. Lecturers provide reading lists of related, contemporary texts, as well as appropriate theoretical background.
The second part of the course focuses more specifically on editing students’ portfolios and producing a supporting evaluation of the process through lecturer-led peer-feedback in workshops and one-to-one tutorials with lecturers.
Students are required to produce a folder of supporting work that shows research, for example key texts read, earlier drafts of their work and any other related material, to hand in at the same time as their final coursework.

Teaching and learning activity

Learning will be through a combination of directed reading and independent research, supported by fortnightly workshops and a number of one-to-one tutorials throughout the year. Workshops will be structured around the close reading of students’ own work, plus discussions about related theoretical and philosophical discourses.
Lecturers will provide ongoing advice and guidance on research methods, themes and the development and structuring of ideas.
Students will be asked to write a 500 word proposal of intent outlining their chosen genre and subject area by half way through term 1. They will also have a number of informal assessment deadlines throughout the year. Students will submit their Creative Projects plus a 2000 word evaluation of the process at the end of the year.

Assessment

Portfolio of poems (250 lines) OR Original screen / stage play (60-90 pages) OR Portfolio of prose (8000 words) - 80%

Evaluation of process and a bibliography - 20%
2000 words.

Students are not required to pass all components in order to pass the course.