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To produce successful fiction, a writer needs not only to have great ideas but also to have the skill to bring those ideas alive on the page. In this unit, students are encouraged to work on their capacity for imagination and originality, and on developing their proficiency in the craft of writing. The reading program for the unit requires students to engage with a range of genres, and a craft analysis assessment enables students to focus on the aspects of writing that are most relevant to their own creative practice. Workshops provide a space in which students give and receive constructive criticism.

Summary 2021

Unit name Creative Writing: Concept and Craft
Unit code HEN204
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline English

Dr. Danielle Wood

Teaching staff

Dr. Danielle Wood

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

  1. Follow the sequential steps involved in producing a short work of fiction that is carefully crafted, improved through accepting and reflecting on feedback, polished through proofreading and attention to detail, and submitted on time.
  2. Reflect critically on your experience of taking risks in your writing practice.
  3. Reflect critically on creative writing produced by your peers.
  4. Analyse the features of published writing, and show understanding of how your findings can be applied in your own writing practice.
  5. Demonstrate skill in writing in English, to a standard expected in intermediate level study. Demonstrate attention to the details of editorial polish (spelling, punctuation, layout, spacing, etc.).



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Teaching Pattern

1 x 1hr introductory class. 4 x 2hr lectures, 7 x 2hr workshops, plus self-directed learning.


Task 1: Craft analysis, 1000 words (25%)

Task 2: Critique, 750 words (25%)

Task 3: Creative Writing Portfolio, 3000 words (50%)

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