Core Module Information
Module title: Creative Writing: Finding Your Voice

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

Module code: CLP08120
Module leader: Elizabeth Dearnley
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Humanities


Description of module content:

If you love to write creatively but haven’t had the opportunity to hone your skills and learn the craft, this module is for you. Throughout the semester, you’ll work towards creating an original, artistically ambitious, technically skilled and professionally polished short story.

You’ll practice the techniques professional writers use to create compelling narratives and avoid common pitfalls like tropes, stereotypes, and writers block.

You’ll underpin this with analytical reading and research into genre, form, stylistics, and craft. Through this module you will discover the nuances of plot, character development, narration, structure, and feedback to help you build your professional writing practice. Furthermore, you will learn to identify reader expectations over genres, movements, and age-ranges, allowing you to target your writing to where it will make the most impact, politically and commercially.

Throughout this module you will work with fellow students to problem-solve and collaborate on original pieces of writing. You will debate the intersections of an author’s time, place, and political message to discover if the author truly has a ‘voice’. Finally, you’ll hone your skills in self-reflection and editing to take you from the first draft to submission.

Learning Outcomes for module:

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: select and discuss literary theory and criticism.
LO6: demonstrate an ability to participate in class discussions and in-class writing sessions.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Elizabeth Dearnley
Module Organiser:

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
Portfolio 100 1,2,3, 4, 5 & 6 13 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 3500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
CLP08120 Creative writing