Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

The novel: redrafting and editing ADED11342

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • 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

How do writers redraft their work? What can we learn from the working methods of novelists when it comes to editing their work. An examination of how first drafts are re-worked and improved as second, third and fourth drafts will allow students to learn practical and valuable editing techniques that will enhance any manuscript. Editing of students' fiction will form the core of this course.


Block 3

10 weeks

Saturdays, 13.00-15.00

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

The aims of the course are to:

■ Build students' knowledge of approaches to writing and editing prose fiction in the novel form.

■ Build students' confidence in the use of writing techniques

■ Develop students' editing skills.

■ Develop work through discussion.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course students should be able to:

■ Build upon textual analysis of texts in the relation to the development of their own creative writing skills.

■ Confidently discuss work within a group setting.

■ Edit prose fiction written by others and their own work.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits