Core Module Information
Module title: Creating Narrative

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

Module code: CLP11175
Module leader: David Bishop
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Humanities


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, or screenplay or other narrative project. The first few sessions interrogate the initial stages of your creative process, such as defining the purpose of your work, and examining ways to develop ideas into stories. 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 sessions give 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:

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

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 002
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:

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 40 1-5 12 , WORDS= 1800
Portfolio 60 1-5 27 , WORDS= 3200
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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