Core Module Information
Module title: Creating Narrative

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

Module code: CLP11704
Module leader: David Bishop
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 focuses on concepts, skills and techniques for the pre-writing development of a professional quality, full-length narrative project. Each session examines a particular element of the pre-writing process, building into a complete process you can use to hone and shape a potential novel or novella. The first 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, sessions on characterisation will help you to build a unique, believable protagonist and supporting cast. In the following weeks, you will critically examine the roles of plot and structure, then explore thematic architecture and world-building to create a purposeful network of themes and ideas underpinning your narrative. The final weeks will be dedicated to troubleshooting techniques and synopsis writing sessions to give you the tools to shape a compelling journey for your project and its characters while embracing the challenges of effective 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: Evaluate 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: Plan and undertake relevant, professional level research for your narrative project.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 2, Blended, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: ONLINE
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)
Independent Learning Lecture 6
Independent Learning Seminar 18
Online 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 , WORDS= 4000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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