Module title: Creating Narrative - Writer's Toolkit

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

Module code: CLP11119
Module leader: David Bishop
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Humanities and Culture


2019/0, 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: Linda Leyden
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to Learning Outcomes
Teaching will comprise a weekly three-hour session including tutorials, in-class group work and formative feedback (Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5). The 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 recorded verbal feedback and/or written feedback uploaded to the VLE - to help embed learning and prepare you for the summative assessment challenge at the end of the trimester.

Formative Assessment:
Formative in-class feedback will be offered on a range of activities during the trimester, while one formative assessment give you the opportunity to receive feedback on specific development tasks as you build and/or enhance your pre-writing process. This Formative Assessment (due in Week 8) asks you to define your purpose as a writer and the purpose of your putative project, and asks you to submit from a range of developmental options such as an Act Structure Diagram with explanatory notes; plot beats for a full-length narrative project as bullets points with explanatory notes; or sample synopsis prose with explanatory notes (Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).You will be receive brief individual feed forward via the VLE for the Formative Assessment.

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 be asked to write a plot synopsis or treatment of the full-length narrative project you have been developing during this module, accompanied by a statement of purpose for your project, a linguistic register phrasebook for your major characters, and a contextualising essay reflecting on how teaching and learning from this module has informed and influenced your project’s continuing development.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 18
Face To Face Seminar 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 1-5 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 4000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module focuses on concepts, skills and techniques for the pre-writing development of a full-length narrative project. Each session examines a particular element of pre-writing, building into a complete process you can use to hone and shape a potential novel, graphic novel, screenplay or interactive project. The first few weeks interrogate the initial stages of your creative process, such as defining the purpose of your work, examining ways to develop ideas into stories, and using contextual reading and research to enhance the authenticity and originality of your project. Next you will explore thematic architecture and linguistic development to enrich your world-building and create a purposeful network of themes and ideas underpinning your narrative. The following weeks are devoted to characterisation and structure, helping you build unique characters and define the most appropriate choice of tone and narrative position(s) for your project. Plot and synopsis writing bring your learning journey to its conclusion, giving you the tools to shape a compelling journey for your project and its characters while embracing the challenges of perfect pacing and elegant exposition.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: critically engage with the principal skills, techniques and practices used to develop an initial idea into a marketable commercial project
LO2: examine your purpose as a writer and the purpose of your narrative project
LO3: critically explore skills, techniques and practices for creating memorable, compelling and believable characters
LO4: appraise, conceptualise and evaluate problems and issues in story structure and plot
LO5: undertake relevant, professional level research for your narrative project

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