LIT3015 : Writing Fiction

Convener(s): Dr Agnes Lehoczky

 

Please note: This module may or may not run in any given semester. Please check with the tutor.

General Information

The aim of this unit is to help you develop your expressive and technical skills in writing prose fiction and to improve your abilities as an editor and critic of your own and other people's writing. You will be be guided in the production of new work and encouraged to develop an analytical awareness of both the craft elements and the wider cultural and theoretical contexts of writing. The emphasis throughout will be on reading as a writer and writing as a reader.

The first half of 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 such issues as character, voice, genre, structure, temporality, dialogue, setting, point of view, etc. You should expect the programme to be flexible, adapted by your tutor as required.

Most class exercises will be based on a study of the work of established authors. You will analyse the ways in which exemplary texts work and ask what you can learn from them. On occasion you will be asked to write about ‘what you know’ and for this purpose you should be keeping an observational journal. You should also keep a writer’s journal in which to record your reading, your responses to class exercises, and your analysis of the progress of your own writing.

In the second half of the semester 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 - a writerly appraisal of a story or novel you’ve been reading.

Teaching

Two seminar groups per week in Spring term, one seminar is 1h30 mins. The module will be taught by one weekly seminar / workshop of two hours. Time will be divided between analysing published texts and discussion / feedback on students’ own creative work. This is primarily a creative writing class, so students will be expected to produce a short text, or a draft to work on each week. 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.

Assessment

You will be required to submit two pieces of short fiction, the second to be accompanied by a critical self-commentary. The work you submit in Week 7 will account for 30% of your final mark and the work you submit in Week 13 will account for 70%. You will be issued with separate guidance on this, and on the composition of the critical self-commentary element of the Week 13 assignment. You will also be issued with Creative Writing marking scales and criteria.

Week 7:  LIT3015-1 Short Story and Critical Review/Close Reading 30% Week 7

  1. a short story arising from class exercises (1,500 words) 
  2. a critical review of a contemporary prose fiction published recently (1000)

Week 13, LIT3015-2 Short Story and Critical Self-Commentary 70% Week 13 

  1. a short story arising from class exercises and workshops (2,000 words)
  2. a critical self-commentary (1500 words)




Contact Details

0114 22 28467

a.lehoczky@sheffield.ac.uk


Information last changed: Tuesday 21st of March 2017 :: 09:20:16 AM (GMT)

Please note: This module may or may not run in any individual session. Please check with the course convener.

 

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