Module title: Creative Writing: Finding Your Voice

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CLP08120
Module leader: Laura Lam
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Humanities and Culture


2018/9, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Bashabi Fraser
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Teaching will involve weekly workshops (Los 2,3), small tutorial group meetings and regular seminars (LOs 1,4,5,6). The workshops will begin with talks which will introduce the ideas, methods and sample texts from
established authors and describe the framework for you to develop interactive activities and your own individual style and form. Your different learning styles will be taken into account by providing a range of learning formats. Activities will start with listening, individual oral contributions and regular attendance and
participation in class/online will help you to progress to independent research, reading and writing assignments (LO6), reflecting the ability for independent thought and analysis.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment will take the form of feedback by tutor and peers on a range of activities in the classroom. The workshop method will enable you to discuss, listen, debate on voice, genre and style and discover ways in which you can find your own voice, identify your own genre and refine your style. You will be given examples of published genres in class to discuss, gain inspiration and ideas from and utilise in own writing. You will work in small groups with your tutor in class for your ideas and written work to be shared and peer reviewed and receive comments from your tutor, providing scope for revision and refinement. This module has an online blog called Writing from the Margins, which is your space to post, comment on and share writing in progress and compile a portfolio of creative writing in different genres. Writing from the Margins is a tool for ongoing feedback on your work from your peers and your tutor.

Summative Assessment:
This module has two written assignments, both of which will be marked. The first is a creative piece with an accompanying reflective section (1,500 words) in which you will provide a self-assessment of your choices, methods and style. This assignment provides a test in editing skills crucial for short pieces of writing. The second assignment is a longer one (2,000 words) with more scope to develop your style, establish your voice and critically engage with your own writing process. Both assignments require evidence of research and wide reading of the genre you chose to write.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 20
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Face To Face Guided independent study 170
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 40 1,2,3 & 5 6 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Essay 60 1,2,4,5 & 6 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module will use the workshop approach where you will be an active participant working with support, both individually and in groups. It is an opportunity to discover and develop your writing skills and share your work with your peers, benefiting from constructive criticism within the group. The shared activities of reading, commenting and offering suggestions on your fellow students’ work, will enable you to reflect on form and structure, understand genre, style, voice, and gauge the intention of the author to develop your own critical acumen which is essential for a successful writer. You will be encouraged to ask questions about who your intended audience is, taking into account notions of class, gender and age group for effective writing. The module will introduce you to literary stylistics, and you will be considering plot, character, perspective, narration, the significance of time and place, the role of metaphor and the use of imagery and sound patterns, in order to engage with the magic of words and composition. It will be an opportunity to study realism, modernism and the post-modern, to understand how literary works reflect their time and the role writers play in being the ‘voice’ of their society. Such an awareness will help you to establish your own ‘voice’ in the genre of your choice.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: critically discuss and estimate a wide range of work developed and encountered during the course of the module.
LO2: illustrate an understanding of the diversity of techniques and practices used in the creative process.
LO3: develop your own voice and style in the genre of your choice and illustrate an ability to review your own work.
LO4: explore the relationship of creative literature to the period it is written in, the target audience and reception, for a fuller understanding of the author’s intention and what ‘works’.
LO5: locate and discuss literary theory and criticism.
LO6: illustrate an ability to participate in class discussions and in-class writing sessions.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
CLP08120 Creative writing