Core Module Information
Module title: Writing Narrative Positions

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

Module code: CLP11177
Module leader: El Lam
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Humanities


Description of module content:

In this module, you will focus on the practical application of a range of professional writing
techniques, and on building the vital skills of pre-writing decision making, critical self-reflection and engaging with editorial feedback. The module is a development journey,
beginning with an overview of narrative positions and key terminology. Next, you will
explore the foundational principles of various narrative positions, including condition of
narration, device and register. You will then begin to practise more complex techniques,
such as subtext and counter narrative, the unreliable narrator and positioning an active
reader. Through writing challenges and masterclass discussions, you will learn how to
make fast, purposeful decisions about a story before writing, how to craft short pieces to
briefs and deadlines, and how to critically analyse and improve upon early drafts. As well
as gaining a detailed understanding of the opportunities and demands of different
narrative positions, you will develop the core professional practices you will need to make
the most of your Creative Development and Editorial Development module, succeed in
your Major Project, and advance the rest of your writing career.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically evaluate a range of approaches to narrative position
LO2: Exercise professional judgement in identifying the most effective narrative
techniques for a particular story
LO3: Analyse the function, limitations and possibilities of first, second and third person
narrative positions
LO4: Apply the professional skills of pre-writing development, critical self-reflection and
effective engagement with editorial feedback to advance your work
LO5: Produce ambitious and well-crafted short stories

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, BLENDED,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: El Lam
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 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 (LOs 1-5). Formative feedback 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 – designed to help embed learning and prepare you for summative assessment challenge at the end of the trimester.

Formative Assessment:
The formative assessment will take the form of a 1500-word portfolio (LOs 1-5) comprising a short story and a critical self reflection (CSR), due in Week 8 of the trimester. Formative in-class feedback will also be offered on a range of activities during the trimester, including masterclass feedback on short stories, feedback in-class on short activities, or via the VLE on specific development tasks as you hone your abilities to deploy various narrative positions in your writing.

Summative Assessment:
The summative assessment will take the form of a 4000-word portfolio (LOs 1-5)
comprising a short story and a Critical Self Reflection (CSR), due in Week 12 of the

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 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 4000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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