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Unit information: MACW Workshop 2 in 2020/21

Unit name MACW Workshop 2
Unit code ENGLM0073
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Mimi Thebo
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of English
Faculty Faculty of Arts


Students will work collaboratively to examine and edit their own work, and that of peers, with a high level of rigour and scrutiny, at the various levels of clause, line, sentence, stanza, paragraph but also at the structural level of overall scene, chapter, collection and book. Supported by an experienced tutor, in groups of no more than nine, they will extend and advance their close-reading skills and articulate (and question) their own literary aesthetic. In response to workshop, students will further their understanding of how readers co-create imaginative experiences, and advance their recognition and ability to articulate their own aesthetic sensibilities as well as use an increasingly sophisticated variety of editorial approaches and processes.

Intended learning outcomes

By the successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Recognise and articulate critically the technical requirements of form, tone, register, structure and genre in relation to creative writing.
  2. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, demonstrating an awareness of voice, idiom, idiolect, simile, metaphor, analogy, rhythm and media-specific restraints.
  3. Use a variety of editorial approaches and processes.
  4. Engage with written and oral feedback.
  5. Evaluate the role of readers and audiences in realising texts and the ways that performance can impact an audience’s imaginative experience.
  6. Edit their own work, and that of peers, at the various levels of clause, line, sentence, stanza, paragraph but also at the structural level of overall scene, chapter, collection and book.
  7. Formulate independent and critical judgements of creative works, and be able to respond to the critical judgements of others with practical and creative solutions and reasoned arguments.
  8. Interact effectively with others, in team or group-work, and appreciate the benefit of giving and receiving feedback

Teaching details

Teaching will take place in a collaborative 3 hour seminar environment, led by an experienced writing workshop tutor. Activities will be centred on discussion of previous close-reading of participants’ original creative writing, with occasional other reading assigned by the tutor.

Assessment Details

A portfolio of writing to include:

1 x 3500 word summative original creative writing assessment (or equivalent, in the case of poetry/script). [ILOs 1, 2, 3, 6] (70%)

1 x 1500 word summative critical commentary which describes how elements of study (normally to include notes on workshop engagement, workshop comments, reading, research and/or critical/theoretical concepts) were used in the craft decisions of the writer’s original creative writing. [ILOs 4, 5, 7, 8] (30%)

Reading and References

Individual tutors may provide reading material, often in response to issues arising from student work. In addition, students may also suggest additional reading or even bring in extracts for discussion from their own independent study.