Core Module Information
Module title: Writing Genre Fiction

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

Module code: CLP11701
Module leader: Pete Freestone
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Humanities

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

This module introduces you to and enhances your understanding of writing for the genres and sub-genres of science fiction, fantasy, romance, crime and horror. 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 forefront 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 functions, limitations and possibilities of various genres
LO4: engage in critical self-reflection to appraise the professional potential of your narratives
LO5: develop the skills to produce artistically ambitious and marketable short pieces of genre fiction.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, ONLINE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: ONLINE
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Pete Freestone
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 on-demand via the VLE. There will also be twelve 90-minute live taught sessions, including 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 Assessment:
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 the summative assessment at the end of the trimester. Formative feedback delivered in a masterclass style will be given on a range of writing challenges during the trimester. The formative assessment (due Week 7) offers an opportunity to receive feed forward on a shorter mock version of this module’s summative assessment task. The Formative Assessment takes the form of a portfolio comprised of 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 then 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 (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 short story (approximately 3000 words) in one of the genres or sub-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)
Online Lecture 6
Online Tutorial 18
Independent Learning Guided independent study 176
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 12 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 4000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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