The Book Project - EN663

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Spring
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6 30 (15) DR S Smith




Not available as wild



Ever wanted to write and publish a work of fiction or poetry? ‘The Book Project’ is your chance to have as close an experience as possible of what it might be like to publish a small book of creative writing in a genre of your choice. The main emphasis will be on producing a body of creative work through workshop and background readings, where we will look at all sorts of topics current in publishing, from vanity publishing to the web. We will then publish your work using professional print-on-demand technology to create your own book with full-colour cover, for the launch of these publications at an end of term launch event.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 30
Private study hours: 270
Total study hours: 300


There are some costs involved in the publication of your book, and an example of costs will be made available on the module's Moodle page.
NB There is no reading list for this module, so costs may be offset by the fact that students will not be required to buy any texts.

Method of assessment

100% Coursework:

Portfolio of 12-15 poems (totalling no fewer than 140 lines) or prose pieces of work totalling at least 6000 words (70%)
Print-on-demand publication, to be presented at the end of term in the class book launch (20%)
Seminar/workshop performance (10%)

Indicative reading

BLAKE, WILLIAM - 'The Complete Illuminated Books'
PRICE, RICHARD 'Greenfields'
JOHNSON, B.S. 'The Unfortunates'
ELIOT, T.S. - 'The Waste Land' Facsimile Edition


See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. demonstrate their capacity for close reading and critical analysis and applied these skills to their practice
2. identify, critically evaluate and interrogate particular literary techniques and publishing practices found in modern and contemporary poetry and prose and made use of them in their book publishing project
3. reflect on the wide range of stylistic practices open to the contemporary writer and develop an understanding of how these relate to their own practice
4. confidently apply advanced poetry and fiction techniques within their work
5. understand through practice the value of drafting, editing and publishing
6. plan and undertake a portfolio of poems or prose which demonstrates a developed sense of their relationship between their work and its audience

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. demonstrate enhanced creative writing skills and a critical language through problem solving
2. apply that language to their own work, through collective and self-criticism, and develop individual critical acumen
3. develop sympathy with traditions other than those in which they themselves are working
4. demonstrate communication as a key skill, with a capacity to argue a point of view, orally and in written form, with clarity, organisation and cogency
5. demonstrate increased confidence and ability to work in group situations, by working with others
6. demonstrate advanced communicative and collaborative skills, which include intellectual work and finely tuned listening skills
7. demonstrate substantial capacity for independent imaginative and practice-based projects and research, and improving their own learning and performance
8. gather and evaluate a range of materials from diverse contexts, using information and communication technology

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