Module title: Creating Narrative - Writer's Toolkit

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

Module code: CLP11119
Module leader: David Bishop
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: David Bishop
Module Organiser:
Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to Learning Outcomes
Teaching will comprise a weekly lecture (Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4,5), tutorials, interactive seminars and class group work (Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4,5). The lectures will provide you with the necessary information, analytical framework and creative guidance for further activities, either interactive or independent. Learning will occur in varying formats to allow for different student learning styles. The range of activities will include listening and note-taking, individual oral contributions and group work, plus independent research, reading and writing assignments (Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4,5).

Embedding of employability/ PDP/ scholarship skills
You will develop your ability to read and write critically and analytically, and to articulate creative ideas and viewpoints in both oral and written form. In-class activities such as workshops, ideas sessions and team-writing exercises will give you an opportunity to improve your collaborative skills, enhancing development of your personal, professional and scholarly skills as a practitioner in the creative writing field. Particular emphasis will be placed upon key skills in researching, narrative development, inter-disciplinary creativity, and collaborative methodology, which will support you in your creative career. In trimesters 1 and 2, 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.

Assessment (formative and summative)
Summative assessment will take the form of one research report and one creative portfolio. Formative assessment will take place in the form of feedback by tutor and peers on a range of activities in the classroom. Regular, active participation in classroom discussions is

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
Report 30 1,3 6 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:

This module focuses on concepts, skills and techniques for the pre-writing development of a full-length narrative project. Each session examines a particular element of pre-writing, building into a complete process you can use to hone and shape a potential novel, graphic novel, screenplay or interactive project. The first few weeks interrogate the initial stages of your creative process, such as defining the purpose of your work, examining ways to develop ideas into stories, and using contextual reading and research to enhance the authenticity and originality of your project. Next you will explore thematic architecture and linguistic development to enrich your world-building and create a purposeful network of themes and ideas underpinning your narrative. The following weeks are devoted to characterisation and structure, helping you build unique characters and define the most appropriate choice of tone and narrative position(s) for your project. Plot and synopsis writing bring your learning journey to its conclusion, giving you the tools to shape a compelling journey for your project and its characters while embracing the challenges of perfect pacing and elegant exposition.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: critically engage with the principal skills, techniques and practices used to develop an initial idea into a marketable commercial project
LO2: examine your purpose as a writer and the purpose of your narrative project
LO3: critically explore skills, techniques and practices for creating memorable, compelling and believable characters
LO4: appraise, conceptualise and evaluate problems and issues in story structure and plot
LO5: undertake relevant, professional level research for your narrative project

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