Writing fiction: intermediate ADED2042E

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course will allow students to advance their knowledge of the structures and techniques found in short stories and novels. In turn it will encourage students to apply this knowledge to their own writing. Topics that will be covered include voice, narration, perspective and the structure of the novel. Students will be introduced to theories of writing prose fiction and will gain knowledge of various approaches to editing fiction. Normally only students who have successfully completed 40 credits in Creative Writing will be eligible to take this course. Students are invited to contact the Subject Specialist in Creative Writing to make sure they are at the correct level to take this course.

Timetable

Blocks 1 and 2

3 hours per week for 20 weeks

Mondays

14.00-17.00

Requirements of Entry

Pre-requisite - normally 40 credits at Level 1 in Creative Writing. Students are invited to contact the Subject Specialist in Creative Writing to make sure they are at the correct level to take this course.

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

One short story of 2,000 words (20%)

One essay of 2,000 words (20%) that will focus on theories of writing prose fiction. 

One portfolio of 4,000 words of prose fiction, which can be part of a novel, one or more short story or any form of prose fiction (60%)

Course Aims

This course aims to:

 

■ Develop students' knowledge of complex structural elements of prose fiction in the short story and novel forms.

■ Encourage students to develop their own writing in the short story and novel forms through class exercises and assignments that will focus on key writing techniques and elements discussed in class.

■ Enable students to develop knowledge of editing techniques that can be applied to both their own writing and that of peers.

■ Build students' confidence in submitting their own writing for peer and tutor feedback.

■ Introduce students to theories of writing prose fiction.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Demonstrate knowledge of the uses and effects of structural elements of prose fiction including narrative movement, structure, and language.

■ Compare and contrast the variety and methods of editing prose fiction.

■ Display an understanding of theoretical aspects of writing prose fiction.

■ Analyse set texts from a writer's point of view.

■ Develop their own writing in the short story or novel form by incorporating techniques and employing approaches discussed in class.

■ Critically evaluate other students' work in class.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.