Core Module Information
Module title: Writing for Graphic Fiction

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

Module code: CLP11109
Module leader: David Bishop
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Humanities


Description of module content:

This module introduces you to and enhances your understanding of writing for the medium of graphic fiction. You will begin by developing core skills and techniques for creating graphic fiction narratives. Frequent writing challenges will help hone your critical self-reflexivity, aided by formative masterclass feedback. Visiting speakers will discuss their processes and career paths, illustrating the range of opportunities and individual approaches that flourish in this medium. You will be encouraged to forge creative partnerships enhancing your collaborative skills. Writing graphic fiction for particular markets and building challenging audience expectations is the focus during the final weeks of this module.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: generate ideas for a variety of approaches to graphic fiction narrative
LO2: exercise appropriate judgement in identifying the most effective techniques for a particular graphic fiction narrative
LO3: analyse the function, limitations and possibilities of graphic fiction narratives
LO4: engage in critical self-reflection and dialogue to appraise the professional potential of your work
LO5: produce artistically ambitious and marketable short scripts for graphic fiction narratives

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, BLENDED, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: David Bishop
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Teaching will comprise sets of mini-lectures, which will total 30 minutes each week. This material will be pre-recorded and made available via the VLE. There will also be twelve live taught sessions, each of two hours in duration, which will include editorial masterclasses, critical self-reflection tasks and formative feedback on in-class exercises and homework (LOs 1-5). These live teught sessions coupled with the pre-recorded mini-lectures will provide you with the necessary information, analytical framework and creative guidance for further activities, to be undertaken independently or as part of group work (LOs 1-5).

Formative Assessment:
Formative feedback will be given on a range of writing challenges during the trimester. It will be delivered by a variety of methods, such as professional editorial feedback in a masterclass setting and/or written feedback uploaded to the VLE. A mid-trimester formative assessment offers an opportunity to receive feed forward on a shorter mock version of this module’s summative assessment task. The Formative Assessment asks you to write the script for a short graphic fiction narrative (approximately 1500 words), accompanied by a critical self-reflection (approximately 500 words). You will receive written feedback uploaded to the VLE to help you prepare for the end of trimester summative assessment. (LOs 1-5).

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will take the form of a creative portfolio (LOs 1-5), due in Week 13. For this, you will write a script (approximately 3000 words in total) for a graphic fiction narrative, accompanied by a critical self-reflection (approximately 1000 words).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Lecture 6
Face To Face Tutorial 24
Independent Learning 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 1-5 13 , WORDS= 4000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
CLP11109 Writing for Graphic Fiction