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Unit information: Approaches to Fiction Writing 2 short course in 2016/17

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Unit name Approaches to Fiction Writing 2 short course
Unit code HUMS10005
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Professor. Tom Sperlinger
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Humanities
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This course aims to inspire, encourage and support students in writing fiction. Through writing exercises and practical advice, students will be offered help in such areas as: improving style, working with structure and re-reading/re-drafting work. The course aims to help both new and ongoing students.

Intended learning outcomes

Students will have had an opportunity to learn about different forms of writing through formative and class assignments and to attain some degree of specialization in their own work, including through submission of one piece of work for summative assessment. The writing, reflective and practical skills gained should be relevant for students wishing to pursue further study.

Teaching details

The unit is normally taught in 10 weekly seminars of 2 hours; occasionally other formats may be used with an equivalent number of contact hours, sometimes combining seminar work with one-to-one supervision from a tutor. Each seminar will use a range of teaching methods including informal lectures, directed seminar discussion and creative writing exercises. Where appropriate, a tutor may introduce examples from literary texts, or from their own writing, for analysis.

Assessment Details

Formative assessment is normally undertaken in the form of ongoing assessment of creative writing exercises undertaken in class and/or in private study exercises. In addition, students will expected to submit one piece of work of up to 2,500 words for summative assessment.

Reading and References

Dorothea Brande, Becoming a Writer; Bernard Malamud, Talking Horse; Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman, How Not to Write a Novel; David Morley, The Cambridge Introduction to Creative Writing.