Writing fiction: advanced ADED3020E

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

In this course students will build upon work on Level 2 courses and consider the writing of prose fiction at a more advanced level. Students will progress their own fiction to a higher level while studying theoretical work which will help them reflect on their own writing processes and situate their work in a critical context. Advanced editing techniques will be discussed in detail as will structural elements of fiction. Practical aspects of writing such as research, planning and redrafting will be considered. Routes to publication and the changing world of publication will be discussed. Students will examine and discuss their own and other students' work. A portfolio of original work will be produced that will consist of a section of a novel or a short story cycle. Normally only students who have successfully completed 40 credits in Level 2 Creative Writing courses 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

3 hours per week for 20 weeks

Blocks 1 & 2: Saturday 2-5pm

Requirements of Entry

Normally successful completion of a level 2 Creative Writing 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.

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

One essay of 3000 words (30%) on a key theory of fiction writing.

Portfolio of 6,000 words of prose fiction, which can be part of a novel, one short story, a short story cycle (more than one story) (70%).

Course Aims

This course aims to:

 

■ Build upon students' existing knowledge of university-level study in Creative Writing in prose fiction.

■ Increase students' knowledge of historical and contemporary critical debate and theories relating to Creative Writing by engaging in study of one of the key theorists of writing prose fiction.

■ Develop students' knowledge of advanced editing of their own work through self-reflection and feedback from peers and tutor.

■ Complete a portfolio of prose fiction, which can either be a one short story, a short story cycle or part of a novel, to an advanced level.

■ Encourage students to develop their knowledge and ability to reflect and comment upon their own writing practice.

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

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Situate their own prose fiction within the context of historical and contemporary critical debate and theories of prose fiction.

■ Understand advanced methods of editing and apply these to their own writing.

■ Critically reflect on their research, writing and editing as part of their own creative processes.

■ Analyse theoretical works about the writing of prose fiction in order to enhance their own prose.

■ Critically evaluate their own work and that of other students in terms of effectiveness of structural components such as narrative movement, dialogue, characterisation in order to enhance their own prose.

■ Present arguments in relation to the editing of works of prose fiction in order to enhance their own prose. 

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.