This module explores how the increasing variety of communication tools in the 21st century impact on creative writing. Delivered through weekly workshops to allow platforms, writers, genres, themes and ideas to be introduced in an interactive environment, you will develop the skills and knowledge to become an effective cross-genre writer. By identifying and targeting specific markets, you'll explore different types of text outputs, individually and collaboratively, while maintaining your own professional objectives.
This module explores how stories function in both fiction and non-fiction forms with particular focus on how they involve readers and communicate compelling messages about the world. Delivered through weekly workshops and critical analysis of your writing, you will develop key storytelling skills as well as valuable skills in research and theoretical understanding of the contemporary and historical devices used in writing.
This module explores the contemporary publishing scene for both fiction and non-fiction, equipping you with valuable insights into how the industry works and the issues it faces. Delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and guided independent research, you will develop professional skills in researching markets and the needs of creative writers and how to apply this knowledge practically.
This module focuses on how to plot a sustained, multi-layered narrative while exploring how to structure a story for maximum impact in relation to both subject and your chosen medium. Delivered primarily through workshopping of your writing, you will develop a crucial understanding of the ways in which subject choice and medium affect structure, with the opportunity to focus as the module progresses on building a sustained narrative.
This module explores the differences between speech and writing in general, and between spontaneous and scripted speech with practical exercises in distinct forms of performance writing. Delivered through seminars and workshops which analyse speech acts and texts, you will develop creative skills in rhetorical, dialogic and monologic narratives while building your confidence and knowledge to communicate your writing in performative contexts.
Your final dissertation is an opportunity for you to take all the knowledge and skills you have acquired in the preceding modules and apply them to an independent research project that includes a sustained original narrative with accompanying critical commentary that targets an identified market. This project could take many forms, such as short stories, novella, novel, drama, creative non-fiction and more. Whichever medium you choose for you final dissertation, it should demonstrate a substantial benefit to your professional career and/or provide a foundation for further academic research to MPhil/PhD.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.