Module title: Writing Genre Fiction

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

Module code: CLP11111
Module leader: David Bishop
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Humanities and Culture


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: David Bishop
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Teaching will comprise a weekly three-hour session including tutorials, in-class group work and formative feedback (Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5). These sessions 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 (Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Formative feedback will be delivered by a variety of methods - such as professional editorial feedback in a masterclass setting, recorded verbal and/or written feedback uploaded to the VLE – designed to help embed learning and prepare you for summative assessment challenge at the end of the trimester.

Formative Assessment:
Formative feedback delivered in a masterclass style will be given on a range of writing challenges during the trimester. The mid-trimester formative assessment offers an opportunity to receive feed forward on a shorter mock version of this module’s summative assessment task. Formative Assessment #1 asks you to write a short story (approximately 1000 words) in one of the genres or sub-genres covered by this module, accompanied by a critical self-reflection (approximately 500 words). You will be asked to self-assess that work against a set of defined criteria, and to submit supporting statements as brief bullet points. You will receive formative feedback on these elements in a 15-minute individual tutorial which you are encouraged to record for later reference. (Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will take the form of a creative portfolio (Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5), due in Week 13. For this, you will write a short story (approximately 3000 words) in one of the four genres covered by this module, accompanied by a critical self-reflection (approximately 1000 words).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Seminar 18
Face To Face Tutorial 18
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
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 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 4000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module introduces you to and enhances your understanding of writing for the genres and sub-genres of fantasy, crime, horror and science fiction. It begins by investigating the core techniques and current trends in these areas. You will augment writing practice skills developed in the first trimester by undertaking frequent writing challenges and honing your critical self-reflexivity, aided by formative masterclass feedback. Addressing, challenging and subverting audience expectations is the focus for the final weeks, alongside writing for particular markets. This module has an all fiction reading list from the cutting edge of current genre writing.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: generate ideas for a variety of approaches to genre fiction narrative
LO2: exercise appropriate judgement in identifying the most effective techniques for a particular genre fiction narrative
LO3: analyse the function, limitations and possibilities of genre fiction narratives
LO4: engage in critical self-reflection to appraise the professional potential of your narratives
LO5: produce artistically ambitious and marketable short pieces of genre fiction

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