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.

Creative Writing Workshop CRWRT5042

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

During these Masters workshops, students will develop a portfolio of original creative work, building critical and creative skills that they will apply to giving feedback to their peers, and to editing and revising their own writing. The course gives students exposure to a variety of genres and creative approaches through tutor and peer group exchange, and provides students with a live readership for their own work.


20 x 2 hour seminars as scheduled on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level.

Excluded Courses





■ 2 x samples of written critical feedback given to peers (equivalent to 1000 words) - 20%

■ 3000 word reflective essay - 30%

■ 3000 word proposal describing final Creative Writing Portfolio - 30%

■ 2000 word reflective essay - 20%

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Enable students to explore a variety of genres and creative and critical approaches through peer group exchange; 

■ Enable students to engage in the critical assessment, editing and revising of their own and others' writing; 

■ Provide students with live readership for their own work; 

■ Support students creatively and critically to develop a portfolio of original work.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Create and analyse individual literary forms;

■ Apply an advanced understanding of elements of craft, diction, syntax, formatting, etc. to their own writing;

■ Apply skills of critical engagement to creative work and critically analyse the work of their fellow students;

■ Communicate feedback clearly and usefully.

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.