Module title: Creative Writing: Genre Writing

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CLP09110
Module leader: Daniel Shand
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Humanities and Culture
Prerequisites

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2019/0, Trimester 2, 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: Daniel Shand
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning and teaching will take a variety of forms throughout the module. Brief lectures and tutorial discussions will explore and define genres and sub-genres, with particular reference to issues of gender, diversity and cultural representation in genre fiction (LOs 1, 2, 3). Weekly lectures will also introduce you to a series of specific pre-writing techniques for developing your genre fiction, such as world-building, structure and plotting, linguistic invention and character development, followed by in-class exercises to help you use these skills (LO4). Weekly practice-based workshops will be dedicated to small-group working, with plenty of space for open creative experimentation. Here, a series of collaborative challenges and individual experiments will enable you to activate learning from the lecture/tutorial sessions directly in your own creative practice, with ongoing feedback and guidance from tutors (LOs 4 and 5). Three of these sessions will be devoted to formal masterclasses, in which each student will read a work-in-progress aloud and present a critical self-reflection before exploring possibilities for future development in a live editorial session with the tutor (LO6).

Formative Assessment:
There are two structured formative assessments in this module, enabling you to evaluate your development, identify areas for improvement and link the learning from this module to the overall outcomes of your programme. For the first formative assessment (Week 5) you’ll submit a 750 word outline research plan and initial findings, using a template supplied by your tutor, and you’ll receive written feedback from your tutor on this in Week 7. The second formative assessment takes the form of 500 words of draft prose for your short story idea, which you’ll submit in Week 7. You’ll receive tutor feedback on this, either delivered verbally in a masterclass setting during Weeks 8, 9 and 10; or as written feedback uploaded to Moodle. Both formative assessments are designed to support your learning towards this module’s single summative assessment.

Summative Assessment:
There is one summative assessment due in Week 13, enabling you to reflect all your learning from the module. For this, you will submit two elements: a complete short story of 2500 words in your chosen genre (LOs 4 and 5), and an essay divided in two sub-sections. In the first sub-section you’ll present findings from the research you’ve undertaken into practices at the leading edge of your sub-genre (LOs 1, 2 and 3), and in the second sub-section you’ll critically reflect on your own technical and artistic decision-making (LO6).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Tutorial 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 100 1-6 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 4000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The module begins with a broad survey of the three genres (science fiction, fantasy and crime) and their sub-genres, giving you an overview of the defining features and audience expectations of each. This will enable you to choose your focus for both your research and creative practice. Each week you’ll learn and experiment with a new story development technique, such as world-building and narrative position; plotting and thematic structuring; linguistic invention and characterisation. In class discussions, you’ll debate published examples from across the genres, enabling you to further reflect on your own creative choices. In the later weeks of the module, you’ll participate in a formal masterclass, presenting your work-in-progress and critical self-reflection for live editorial discussion with your tutor, followed by one-to-one peer feedback. In the closing weeks, you’ll use all your learning to hone and polish your creative portfolio for submission.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: demonstrate a critical understanding of the scope of genre fiction and the defining features of sub-genres
LO2: identify and analyse how genre fiction can reflect diversity and motivate cultural change
LO3: draw on a range of sources to make appropriate judgements about the creative opportunities presented by commercial genres
LO4: develop ideas for genre fiction narratives through individual and collaborative creative work
LO5: use a range of professional skills and techniques to achieve a completed short piece of genre fiction
LO6: critically evaluate your own work and that of others using appropriate professional frameworks

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - JULIA BELL AND PAUL MAGRS (EDS) (2001) THE CREATIVE WRITING COURSEBOOK: MACMILLAN, 1st ed.
Core - STEPHEN EARNSHAW (2007) THE HANDBOOK OF CREATIVE WRITING: EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS, 1st ed.
Core - AGATHA CHRISTIE (2011) AND THEN THERE WERE NONE: HARPER TORCH, 1st ed.
Core - GEOFF DYER (2012) ZONA: CANONGATE, 1st ed.
Core - JAMES PATE (2013) THE FASSBINDER DIARIES: CIVIL COPING MECHANISMS, 1st ed.
Core - JEFFERSON BASS (2013) CARVED IN BONE: HARPER, 1st ed.
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