In this module you will learn further techniques of writing fiction, including how to plot a full-length novel, work on deep characterisation and the construction of an intellectual framework within your fiction. You may be continuing to work on a project begun in Fiction 1, or starting something new. Rather than expecting you to try new techniques, voices and styles, your tutor will work with you to identify your strongest mode of writing and will encourage you to develop this.
This module appears in the following module collections.
Total Contact Hours: 20
Private Study Hours: 280
Total Study Hours: 300
This module is the core module for the MA in Creative Writing and will be made available to other students subject to places.
Spring term only.
Method of assessment
Original Fiction (7,000 words) – 100%
Indicative list, current at time of publication. Reading lists will be published annually
Any edition of the following:
Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Don DeLillo's, White Noise
Nicholson Baker, A Box of Matches
Penelope Lively, Moon Tiger
Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Demonstrate their understanding of how a text is brought into existence by a writer, how everything is a decisive, creative choice;
2 Read on a sentence-by-sentence level, from a writer's point of view;
3 Concentrate their own efforts on achieving more, linguistically and aesthetically, in their own writing;
4 Produce work of a publishable quality.
5 Demonstrate comprehensive editorial skills;
6 Identify, evaluate, and interrogate literary techniques displayed in the primary text, and learn to apply these techniques to their own work;
7 Demonstrate confidence, both in discussing and in generating fiction;
8 Experiment in independent thought, when writing and in seminar debates.
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Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
- ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
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