30 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: The module will entail a practical writing workshop/seminar where students will read, discuss, analyse and critique their own and other students' writing, as well as learn the fundamentals of close and critical reading, technical analysis and critical judgment of contemporary writers from a practitioner's point of view. The workshopping will be structured according to a programme of topics, exercises and commissions which will encourage and train students in the techniques in the main genres, sub-genres and cross-genres, as well as aid them in the development of their own creative writing to an acceptable and potentially publishable standard. Students will study poetry, prose and hybrid texts through appropriate and writer-centred theoretical frameworks - such as form and convention, issues of class, race, language, gender in poetry, narrative, lyric, prose poetry, poetic prose, etc - whilst also being encouraged to critique each others' work, to workshop writing creatively and constructively, and to work with tutors to help prepare work in progress for the main dissertation project later in the year. Students will produce a portfolio of poems, poetic prose, and hybrid writing based on the workshop commissions, as well as a critical essay reflecting on various aspects of contemporary writing.

Staff Contact: PIETTE ADAM C
Teaching Methods: Seminars, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK