Research Skills (10 credits - core)
This module introduces students to the demands of postgraduate study, developing the skills, approaches and methods that students will need to complete both the critical and creative aspects of their studies.
Writing in Genre (20 credits - core)
This module offers students the chance to explore and write in their chosen subgenre within Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction or Writing for Chidlren. Students will work on an individual project, drawing on a bank of online resources and supported by an expert tutor from their chosen field.
Writers’ Workshop 1 and 2 (10 credits each – core)
In these linked modules, students will work on developing their practice through reflective journal writing and supportive peer workshops. Students will consider the practice of giving and receiving constructive criticism on work in progress and the role of reader feedback in drafting and editing. The modules are assessed through engagement with online workshop, journal pages and reflective writing.
The Craft of Writing 1 (20 credits - core)
The Craft of Writing 1 offers opportunities to enrich your craft through exercises that stretch the boundaries of your writing, and dig deep into the components of your writer’s toolkit, such as speech, metaphor and gesture. Students will be encouraged to move from this creative experimentation into developing short-form pieces of writing, and reflecting upon them.
The Craft of Writing 2 (20 credits - core)
The Craft of Writing 2 builds on the previous module to explore the structural, philosophical and rhetorical aspects of writing, challenging students to consider how to sustain themes and storylines across extended pieces of writing. Students will develop the skills to analyse aspects of their writing such as narrative and style, and to deploy these in writing long-form creative pieces.
Professional Practice (10 credits - core)
This module develops the public-facing skills of the author, including giving readings, developing online platforms, and working as a writer in a variety of contexts.
Critical Reading Group (20 credits – core)
A key part of the writer’s armoury is a dynamic understanding of the market surrounding their work, and this module aims to develop, challenge and enrich such an understanding. Students will look at critical and creative responses to text, sharpen their own critical reading skills, and learn how to adapt this understanding to critically evaluate and contextualise their own work. The core reading list for this module will be supplemented by recommended further reading for each pathway.
Creative Writing Portfolio (60 credits – core)
Students will work with an individual tutor, chosen for their specific expertise in the genre, to develop 15,000 word piece of prose, which might be the beginning of a novel, the first part of a book-length piece of non-fiction, or a collection of articles or short stories.
Writers’ Workshop (20 credits – core)
In this module, students take part in a peer-led group to receive constructive criticism from other students, and to review the work of others. At the beginning of the module, students will consider the art, ethics and practice of giving and receiving criticism, and will be encouraged to explore existing approaches to reflective practice. This will be assessed through a reflective practice journal, to be completed over the duration of the course.