The novel: getting started ADED11341

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This is a course for those contemplating writing a novel, or those who have started work on a longer piece of fiction. We will discuss approaches to writing a novel and look at key techniques such as narration and voice. Students' writing will be discussed in class.


Block 4

Thursdays 10.00-12.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses






Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ introduce students to creative writing

■ build students' knowledge of approaches to writing prose fiction in the novel form

■ develop work through critiquing material in group setting

■ embark upon and/or develop writing fiction in the novel form.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ analyse elements of structural composition in prose fiction.

■ confidently discuss work within a group setting.

■ write new prose fiction within the novel form.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits