You will study five core modules:
Creative Writing: Research Skills I: Theories and Practice
This module offers you the chance to generate new material, experiment with form and technique and share your work in writing workshops with the supervision of your tutor.
Creative Writing Research Skills II: Theories, Models, Self
This module asks – what advantages are gained from placing your writing in a critical context? How do you see yourself as a writer? Through the study of historical and contemporary ideas of authorship and the role of the writer, socially and artistically, you will be encouraged to develop a deeper understanding of your own work and motivations for writing.
Poem as Story - Story as Poem
This module allows for a simultaneous focus on poetry and fiction, allowing you to work in both forms rather than choosing to be a “poet” or “prose writer” at this stage in your development. There will be weekly writing exercises and the opportunity to critique one anothers’ work as well as a weekly set text exploring contemporary poetry and fiction.
Intertextuality: Story, Genre, Craft
How does a story change when its form changes? Are the characters in the screen adaptation the same characters as in the source novel? Are we freer in our approach to adaptation than we used to be? There will be weekly set texts to explore the themes. You will be assessed through a critical paper focusing on two different genres (e.g. a book adapted for the stage or screen, a poetry collection adapted for radio, etc.) as well as an extended piece in the genre of your choice.
Editing as Collaborative Practice
The module uses the concept of editing as a tool to question the nature of writing as process and product. It provides a broad, market-focussed contextualisation of editing issues and practices, as well as hands-on editing. During the course of the module, you will be introduced to editing as a professional practice through Publishing Industry case studies as well as case studies aimed at building practical editing skills in prose. Relevant 'classical' examples will be included to offer a comparative perspective (e.g. Eliot, Pound, Lish, Perkins). Particular emphasis will be placed on delivering high-level reading skills in relation to new/un-validated texts, and on paying attention to cultural as well as individual difference.
From the outset, you will engage in a Collaborative Project where you will work collaboratively in part as two groups for the purpose of conducting anonymised evaluations and practical edits, and in part as a full cohort for the purpose of participating in interactive lectures and lecture demonstrations. You will act as both author and editor/peer mentor; the edited texts will be be published online, in-house, at the end of the module.
Optional first semester modules include:
- Contemporary American and European Cinema
- Aesthetics of TV
- Death and the Moving Image
- Film Theory Politics
- Last Year's Novels
- Writing Revolution 1
- Literature and Aesthetics in the 19th Century
Please note that the optional modules listed on the website for this programme are intended to be indicative, and the availability of optional modules may vary from year to year. Where a module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you to make other choices.