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


2019/0, 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: Laura Lam
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module will use the masterclass approach where the writer enters a discussion with the lecturer(s) about their work, with the rest of the class actively listening. This, rather than the workshop method, more accurately echoes the publishing process. Masterclass will enable you to reflect on form and structure, understanding genre, style, purpose, and will help you develop your own critical self-reflection skills, which are essential for a working writer.

You will be encouraged to ask questions about who your intended audience is, taking into account notions of class, gender, race, and market 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.

It will be an opportunity 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. You will be given examples of short stories to discuss, gain inspiration and ideas from and utilise in your own writing.

Teaching will involve weekly lectures, cementing learning with group work and discussion (LOs 2, 3, 5, 6). Tutorials will involve applying techniques to writing, as well as masterclass sessions mid-trimester (LOs 1, 2, 3, 6).

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. To reflect this, 10% of the overall module mark will be participation.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessments will take the form of a research plan in week 6 (750 words). Masterclass feedback will be given by lecturer(s) on a snapshot of draft prose (500 words) in weeks 8-10. All students will receive either oral or written feedback on this snapshot to feed forward to the summative assessment at the end of the trimester.

Summative Assessment:
The summative assessment is a longer one (2,500 words of story and 1000 words critical self-reflection) to illustrate narrative techniques and understanding of their application, which will be 90% of the module grade (45% story & 45% CSR). Both the formative research plan and the summative assessment require evidence of research and wide reading of the genre you chose to write.

10% of the module grade will be participation. This is to foster interaction and ensure students attend and engage with the group work, in-class discussion, and masterclass.

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 90 1,2,3, & 5 13 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 3500
Discussion/Participation 10 4 & 6 13 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 90
Component 2 subtotal: 10
Module subtotal: 100

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. Further, you 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:

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