Core Module Information
Module title: Narrative Position

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

Module code: CLP11703
Module leader: Pete Freestone
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Humanities


Description of module content:

In this module you’ll 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'll explore the foundational principles of various narrative positions, including condition of narration, device and register. You’ll 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’ll 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’ll need to make the most of your Creative Development and Editorial Development modules, succeed in your Major Project, and advance the rest of your writing career.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
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 2, ONLINE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: ONLINE
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). In most weeks, classes will focus on a specific narrative technique, introduced in the pre-recorded lecture material and supported by examples, analytical reading and discussion (LOs 1 & 3). This is the technique you’ll use in the next weekly homework challenge for critical self-reflection and masterclass feedback in the following week’s session (LOs 2, 4 and 5). When it’s your turn for masterclass feedback, your story will be distributed to the group and you’ll be invited to read aloud, before discussing your critical self-reflection with the tutor(s). Masterclass feedback is an editorial, problem-solving dialogue, designed to enable you to develop your work-in-progress to publication standard. The success of this method is evident in the number of student homework assignments which have gone on to achieve publication and prizes.

Formative Assessment:
The formative assessment will take the form of a 1500-word portfolio (L0s 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 (L0s 1-5) comprising a short story and a Critical Self Reflection (CSR), due in Week 12 of the trimester.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Lecture 6
Online Seminar 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 13 , WORDS= 4000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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