Postgraduate taught 

Creative Writing MLitt

Creative Writing: Editing And Publication 1 CRWRT5038

  • Academic Session: 2018-19
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course aims to give students a broad appreciation for how literary texts are disseminated into the world and, through meeting various professionals from within the book industry, to give students very practical insights into the legal and material culture around text transmission.


10 x 2 hour weekly seminars

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level.

Excluded Courses





Portfolio of a selection of the weekly exercises posted on Moodle, (revised and edited ) of up to 5000 words.

Course Aims

The course provides the opportunity to:


■  consider the legal, material, mechanical and wider cultural (media) contexts for creative work and the issues that arise from them.

■ Understand the process of book reviewing, the literary magazine, the role of the agent, the publishing contract, models of publishing including PoD and the Web.

■ study copyright, publishing and the culture of reception and identify the transmission of texts through print, performance, recording and the new media.

■ meet, hear and interrogate professional writers/publishers/agents/translators/festival organizers and various other who work in the book industry

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ explain the mechanisms (historical and contemporary) of literary textual transmission and other forms of transmission

■ recognize various elements of literary textual transmission, including performance in terms of technological, commercial and artistic aspects.

■ Perform a variety of practical editorial tasks related to the publication and promotion of literary texts such as writing book reviews, blurbs, author bios, etc.

■ Contextualize and market their own creative work in relation to current trends in the editing and publishing industry

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.