Module title: Writing Practice First Person Narrative

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CLP11117
Module leader: Samantha Boyce
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Journalism & Publishing


2016/7, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: NAPIER
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Samantha Boyce
Module Organiser:
Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning and teaching methods including their alignment to LOs:
Weekly sessions will consist of a lecture (LOs 1, 3), group discussions on current reading (LOs 1, 2, 3, 4) and creative and practical exercises, followed by feedback and discussion (LOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5). The lectures will provide you with information, examples, analysis, critical frameworks and suggestions. Group discussions of published work will build your critical skills and increase your familiarity with different approaches to narrative. In-class excercises will enable you to generate new ideas and develop technical skills by responding to a variety of creative challenges.

Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills:
This module enables you to build the personal and professional skills you will need as a practitioner in the creative writing field. You will develop your ability to read critically and analytically, to articulate and discuss creative ideas, to respond to feedback, and to work independently on developing your narrative skills. This module lays the foundation for the further development of vocational skills associated with writing first person narratives - specifically memoir and short stories. During this module, you will generate material for your creative portfolio, and develop the skill of scholarly self-reflection. In trimester 1 you will also receive a minimum of 3 hours’ one-to-one mentoring outwith specific modules, to support and encourage your individual development as a creative writer. This reflects industry practice across a range of disciplines, where writers work on a one-to-one basis with book and script editors.

Summative assessment takes the form of two pieces of portfolio work. Formative assessment takes place throughout the module, in the presentation of in-class exercises, participation in group work, sharing of feedback, and in mentoring/tutorial sessions. For the first portfolio (due in week 5, LOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5), you will be ask

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 30 1-5 5 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Portfolio 70 1-5 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

In this module you’ll focus on the practical application of a range of professional techniques, and on building the vital skills of pre-writing decision making, critical self-reflection and editorial dialogue. The module is a development journey, beginning with the foundational principles of first person writing: condition of narration, device and register. You’ll then begin to practise more complex techniques, such as subtext and counter narrative, the unreliable narrator and positioning an active reader.

Through weekly writing challenges and masterclass discussions, you’ll learn how to make fast, purposeful decisions about a story before writing, how to craft short pieces to briefs and deadlines, and how to critically analyse and improve upon early drafts. As well as gaining a detailed understanding of the demands of first person prose, you will develop the core professional practices you’ll need for the Trimester 2 Writing Practice options, Major Project, and the rest of your writing career.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Critically evaluate a range of possible approaches to first person narrative
LO2: Exercise professional judgement in identifying the most effective techniques for a particular story
LO3: Analyse the function, limitations and possibilities of the first person position in narrative
LO4: Use the professional skills of pre-writing, critical self-reflection and editorial dialogue to develop your work
LO5: Produce ambitious and well-crafted short stories in the first person

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