Please note: This module may or may not run in any individual session. Please check with the course Convenor.
Teaching takes the form of two weekly 1 and a half hour workshops, over eleven weeks. The workshops will be discussion led, will provide structure and direction for students' own reading and creative writing preparation, and will introduce the aims and promote the outcomes of the course in detail (aims1-5). The remaining 178 hours of study for this module are to be divided between workshop preparation (directed reading + creative writing tasks) and individual research (aim 3). The course will be exploratory and practical, using structured exercises, published texts, handouts, discussion and homework to stimulate the production of new work and an understanding of basic issues as voice and tone, persona, sound, diction, imagery, simile and metaphor (trope in general), rhythm and metre, structure, formal and patterned verse, theme, etc. (aims 1, 4 + outcomes 1-3). Most class exercises will be based on a study of the work of modern and contemporary poets and prose writers (aims 2 + 5; outcomes 2, 3, 4). Students will analyse the ways in which exemplary texts work and ask what they can learn from them. On occasion students will be asked to write about 'what they know' and for this purpose they should be keeping an observational journal (aim 4, outcome 6). They should also keep a writer's journal in which to record their reading, responses to class exercises, and their analysis of the progress of their own writing (aim 5 + outcome 5). The second half of the seminars the emphasis will shift to constructive group discussion of students’ own self-generated work with a view to guiding the editing and redrafting process. You may also be required to give a class presentation on a poem or a prose piece, collection of poems you’ve been reading. It is very important that students attend regularly so that the group becomes cohesive and students learn to trust each other’s ideas and critical judgements.
One portfolio at the end of the course consisting of:
1. 2,500 words of prose or equivalent if poetry; 6-12 poems. 75% of overall mark
2. Detailed commentary on the writing of one or more of the finished pieces. 1,500 words. Equal to 25% of overall mark.
Information last changed: Thursday 07th of April 2016 :: 01:16:38 PM (BST)course convener.
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