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Dissertation BA Creative Writing

Overview

  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 6

Module description

The extended creative writing project is the culmination of your studies on the BA Creative Writing. Under the supervision of a specially designated tutor, you will propose, treat, research, develop, edit and refine an extended independent original writing project in the field of fiction, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting, creative non-fiction or an interdisciplinary area agreed with your designated tutor.

The main aim of this module is for you to put into practice the skills you have gathered from your previous three years of study and produce an extended original self-developed piece of creative writing, under the supervision of a specialist tutor. This not only leads to the development of a piece of work that serves as a 'calling card' for potential publishers or producers, or for students to further their studies in Creative Writing at MA level, it also replicates, within the controlled environment of a supervised course of work, the reality of working life for a creative writer.

As such, the module equips you with experience and strategies to continue to produce work after you have completed the degree.

Learning objectives

This module will:

  • enable you to demonstrate your control of elements of the writer's craft
  • encourage you to maintain a regular writing habit and produce effective creative work independently
  • sharpen your awareness of the practices of redrafting and editing
  • encourage you to explore style and form in your chosen literary field
  • enable you to produce a viable extended writing project in consultation with a supervisor
  • strengthen your confidence and fluency in your own writing
  • encourage your intellectual independence
  • develop your skill in sustaining and developing long-term creative projects
  • help you develop your portfolio of creative work
  • strengthen your ability to manage time in the production of written work to a specific date and length
  • develop your ability to act as a reflective, self-directed learner, recognising and employing a range of strategies to support independent learning, including an awareness of strengths/weaknesses.