Paris: The Residency - EN899

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
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‘Paris: The Residency’ contributes to the poetry and prose strands of the MA in Creative Writing and the Literature strand of the Paris Programmes. The objective of ‘Paris: The Residency’ is to give students as close an experience as possible of what it might be like to be a writer in residence or retreat, and to produce work inspired by a specific location for a specific period of time. The emphasis will be on producing a body of creative work for the main assessment. This module aims to enable students to develop their practice of writing through both the study of a range of contemporary examples and practices, and constructive feedback on their own work. Throughout their stay, students will be exposed to a wide range of instances of exemplary, contemporary work relating to Paris, or which was written by writers whilst staying, or living in Paris (as suggested by the indicative reading list). They will be encouraged to read as independent writers, to apply appropriate writing techniques to their own practice and to experiment with voice, form and content. The approach to the exemplary texts will be technical as well as historical. At every point in the module, priority will be given to students’ own development as writers. It is an assumption of the module that students will already have a basic competence in the writing of poetry or prose, including a grasp of essential craft and techniques. The purpose of this module will be to stimulate students towards further development of, and to hone their already emerging voices and styles through engaging with various literary texts, raising an awareness of place as the starting point for new writing, and how their work can develop with large chunks of time for independent study, reflection and exploration of a city like Paris.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20
Private Study Hours: 280
Total Study Hours: 300


This module is only available to students studying in Paris in the spring term

Method of assessment

Original prose or 10 poems/150 lines of Poetry (7,000 words) – 100%

Indicative reading

Indicative list, current at time of publication. Reading lists will be published annually

Breton, André. (1999). Nadja. Translated by R. Howard. London: Penguin
Calvino, Italo. (1997). Invisible Cities. Translated by W. Weaver. London: Vintage
Koolhaas, Rem. (1994). Delirious New York. New York: Monacelli
Moore, Alan. From Hell (any edition will suffice).
Moskovich, Yelena. (2016). The Natashas. London: Serpent's Tail

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

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 creative writing practice;

2 Identify, critically evaluate and interrogate particular literary techniques found in modern and contemporary poetry or prose to develop their creative writing practice;

3 Reflect on the wide range of stylistic practices open to the contemporary writer and demonstrate an understanding of how these relate to their own creative writing practice;

4 Confidently applied advanced poetry or fiction techniques within their work;

5 Understand through drafting, editing and other creative writing practice the value of these skills in realising their best work;

6 Plan and undertake a portfolio of poems or prose which demonstrates a developed sense of their relationship between their work and its audience;

7 Demonstrate understanding of how working in a specific location (Paris) can inform and shape their writing;

8 Demonstrate confidence and the ability to discipline their own writing and work habits, and gain a mature level of independent learning.

9 Demonstrate a critical language;

10 Apply that language to their own work, through collective and self-criticism;

11 Demonstrate sympathy with new and various writing practices;

12 Demonstrate confidence and ability to work in group situations and as an individual, independent writer;

13 Demonstrate sophisticated communicative and collaborative skills;

14 Gather and evaluate a range of materials from diverse contexts.

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