Poetry and Prose Writing

English, School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies

College of Arts and Law


Code 20337

Level of study Second Year

Credit value 20

Semester 1

Pre-requisite modules You must have completed at least 40 credits, or equivalent, of appropriate study in this discipline, e.g. as part of at least one year of study on a l

Module description

The aim of this module is to inspire you to experiment with content, form and technique in prose and poetry, so as to produce a novel extract and a sequence of poems – and to reflect in a focussed way on your writing process. In the prose section you will gain practical and theoretical insight into the similarities and differences between literary and genre fiction, and into the distinctive characteristics of novel openings. You will explore a range of different narrative strategies. In the poetry section you will be encouraged to view poetry writing both as an opportunity to write within a tradition, and to subvert poetic conventions. You will study up-to-date writing models in the form of 20th and 21st Century texts, and become acquainted with market requirements.

Teaching and learning methods

Mixed-activity Lectures, and Seminars/Workshops