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Programme Details 2014-2015

CREATIVE WRITING
BA Single Honours, BA/BSc Combined Honours
Department of English and Creative Writing

PROGRAMME CONVENER(S): Dr Louise Tondeur, 020 8392 4427, l.tondeur@roehampton.ac.uk

YEAR 1 (HE1) TUTOR: Leone Ross, 020 8392 3257, l.ross@roehampton.ac.uk
YEAR 2 (HE2) TUTOR: Jeff Hilson, 020 8392 3637, j.hilson@roehampton.ac.uk
YEAR 3 (HE3) TUTOR: Elizabeth Clegg, 020 8392 3451, e.clegg@roehampton.ac.uk

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT: Dr Laura Peters, 020 8392 3577, l.peters@roehampton.ac.uk

For further information, please contact the Department Administrator, Patricia Tomlinson, 020 8392 3380, patricia.tomlinson@roehampton.ac.uk.

LOCATION: The modules for this programme are taught at the Roehampton Lane campus.

PROGRAMME OUTLINE: The programme introduces a wide range of writing practices in four main genres – fiction, nonfiction, poetry and screenwriting - allowing for specialisation as the student progresses. This combined approach prepares the student for the world of work as professional writers.

The degree is distinctive for several reasons: it offers students the opportunity to study abroad and undertake writing fieldwork; it offers one of the few courses in the UK for the study and practice of contemporary, formally innovative poetics and poetry; and it includes nonfiction as an integrated part of writing practice.

The programme also offers extremely popular modules in fiction writing as well as modules in niche areas such as stand-up comedy, graphic novels and writing song lyrics. Our curriculum is taught by working poets, novelists, nonfiction writers, journalists and screenwriters.
A series of compulsory modules provide a critical context to writing, from a practitioner’s point of view.

In the third year, students have opportunities to produce an extended piece of work in their area of special interest, including a web publication.

Successful completion of the BA in Creative Writing provides the basis for entry into an MA in Creative and Professional Writing.

AIMS: The main aims of the programme are to:

  • admit and retain suitably qualified and motivated students from as wide a range of backgrounds as possible;
  • develop students’ creative, critical and professional writing skills;
  • introduce and explore some of the key critical perspectives and debates surrounding writing;
  • develop the students' own creative practice;
  • study and practise various genres;
  • provide a basis for guided and independent study and practice in the area of Creative Writing, including the study of language, genre and criticism;
  • provide a basis for extended research in Creative Writing;
  • develop collaborative skills;
  • empower students to develop their creative potential, to become confident, versatile communicators, and to become independent, self-motivated learners and researchers;
  • provide students with a basic understanding of professional publishing and other writing environments;
  • provide opportunities for specialising in writing for new media, journalism, and screenwriting, and help prepare students more generally for the world of work.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: These are grouped into four areas:

Knowledge and Understanding

On successfully completing the programme, students will have:

  • substantial experiential knowledge of the techniques required for different genres and modes of writing;
  • substantial knowledge of a wide range of texts, both canonical and non-canonical;
  • understanding of the principal genres, including some popular and genre fiction;
  • experiential knowledge of forms and techniques;
  • knowledge and understanding of critical, analytical and theoretical frameworks in relation to texts and practices;
  • experience in collaborative work;
  • experiential knowledge of the research and presentational skills required for project proposals and for further study.
Cognitive Skills

On successfully completing the programme, students should be able to:
  • analyse their own writing and situate it contextually;
  • understand the influence of social, cultural and aesthetic contexts on their writing process;
  • articulate the knowledge and understanding set out above;
  • think coherently and argue persuasively about issues of form and technique in relation to more general aesthetic, cultural and interdisciplinary issues;
  • evaluate claims of rival technical strategies;
  • apply historical, critical, and theoretical readings to a range of literary texts and recognise the interdependence of texts, writing and theory.
Practical Skills

On successfully completing the programme, students should have the ability to:
  • use the resources of the library;
  • deliver oral and other presentations to a good standard;
  • write for a variety of audiences and media;
  • produce essays to a good standard displaying knowledge of appropriate format, referencing and bibliographical conventions, and understanding criteria for plagiarism;
  • work to deadlines and to required conventions;
  • research texts and topics;
  • become effective, skilled, and reflective writers;
  • work in a group and negotiate collaborative projects;
  • work independently.
Key Skills

On successfully completing the programme, students should have:
  • the ability to evaluate creativity and originality in writing and argument;
  • the ability to evaluate and to work from their own individual response;
  • the ability to conceive, develop and present a proposal for consideration by a publisher, newspaper, magazine, television or film company;
  • the ability to analyse their own work;
  • the ability to write to a prescribed format;
  • the ability to work collaboratively and to articulate their own point of view, and evaluate the work of others;
  • the ability to situate their own work in dialogue with contemporary writing practices.



LEVEL HE1



Please note that while the programme endeavours to offer all the modules listed below, it reserves the right to withdraw or change any module.

Year 1 (Single Honours)

At level HE1, single-honours students are required to take 120 credits in total, of which 60 are compulsory (denoted by +) and 60 are required (denoted by ~) modules:

Compulsory modules
+CRW020C102A - Introduction to Creative Writing 1
+CRW020C103S - Introduction to Creative Writing 2

Required modules
~CRW020C116A - Writing Contexts 1: Thinking Like a Writer
~CRW020C119S - The Art of Persuasion: Essays and Speeches
~CRW020C120A - Writing London
~CRW020C121S - Life Writing

Optional module (non-credit bearing)
¬CRW000C155 - Creative Careers 1: Thinking Like a Writer (Summer Project)

Cross-listed modules
Single Honours students do not normally take any cross-listed modules in their first year. Occasionally, however, students who fail a required module and are not permitted a resit, may need to make up the credit shortfall in order to progress with their studies. They may choose a maximum of 20 credits from the list below. These options are not available at enrolment but only when agreed with and approved by the Programme Convener.
CUL020C113A - News Media
CUL020C135S - From Mass Media to Multimedia
ENG020C109S - Master and Slave
¬ENG020C620 - Literature and Childhood
PHT020C108A or S - Digital Photography Workshop
or any of the Languages for All modules.

Year 1 (Combined Honours)

At level HE1 combined honours students are required to take 60 CRW credits in total, of which 40 are compulsory (denoted by #) modules and 20 required (denoted by ~).

Important note: Combined honours students who successfully complete their first year of combined study with Creative Writing can apply to continue as single honours at the end of their first year (level HE1) without taking any further CRW modules. The relevant degree title would then change to Single Honours Creative Writing.

Compulsory modules
#CRW020C102A - Introduction to Creative Writing 1
#CRW020C103S - Introduction to Creative Writing 2

Required module
~CRW020C116A - Writing Contexts 1: Thinking Like a Writer

Optional module (non-credit bearing)
¬CRW000C155 - Creative Careers 1: Thinking Like a Writer (Summer Project)

Optional (CRW) and cross-listed modules
Combined honours students do not normally take any optional modules through CRW in their first year. Occasionally, however, students who fail a required module and are not permitted a resit, may need to make up the credit shortfall in order to progress with their studies. They may choose a maximum of 20 credits from the list below. These options are not available at enrolment but only when agreed with and approved by the Programme Convener.
CRW020C119S - The Art of Persuasion: Essays and Speeches
CRW020C120A - Writing London
CRW020C121S - Life Writing
CUL020C113A - News Media
CUL020C135S - From Mass Media to Multimedia
ENG020C109S - Master and Slave
PHT020C108A or S - Digital Photography Workshop
or any of the Languages for All modules.



LEVEL HE2



Please note that while the programme endeavours to offer all the modules listed below, it reserves the right to withdraw or change any module.

Year 2 students have the opportunity to spend the Spring term studying at one of our international partner institutions. Students interested in this possibility should enquire during their first year of study at the university. Details of programme requirements for those on Study Exchange Abroad are given at the end of this section.


Year 2 (Single Honours) [not on Study Exchange Abroad]

Students take a total of 120 credits, of which 60 are compulsory modules (denoted by +) and 60 are optional modules.

Compulsory modules
+CRW020N217A - Writing Contexts 2: The Process of Writing
+CRW020N218A - Writing Fiction 1: Introduction to Narrative [recommended for CRW020N219S and for HE3 fiction modules]
+CRW020N221S - Writing Poetry

Optional modules
CRW020N207A - The History, Theory and Performance of Stand-Up Comedy
CRW020N219S - Writing Fiction 2: Advanced Narrative [recommended: CRW020N218A]
CRW020N220A - Telling True Stories
CRW020N222A - Writing Short Films [recommended for HE3 screenwriting modules]
CRW020N223S - Writing Television Drama [recommended for HE3 screenwriting modules]
CRW020N224H - Performance Text
¬CRW020X339 - Graphic Narratives [HE3 level module]
CRW020X349A - Writing for Children [HE3 level module; recommended: ENG020N231A or ENG020X352]

Optional module (non-credit bearing)
¬CRW000N255 - Creative Careers 2

Cross-listed optional modules
Year 2 single honours students may choose a maximum of 20 credits from this list in place of those on the optional module list. Students should speak to the relevant Department Administrator or Convener of the programme offering these modules before choosing a cross-listed module. Please note that students wishing to attempt cross-listed modules at level HE3 should have successfully completed a module in the same programme at level HE2.
¬DRA020N546 - Writing in Performance
ELA020N206A - Language and Gender
¬ELA020N212 - Stylistics
ELA020N214A or S - Language in the Media
ENG020N231A - Origins & Developments of Children’s Literature
¬ENG020N248 - Literature and Plague
¬ENG020N285 - Eco-criticism and Canadian Literature
ENG020N466S - Gothic and Fantastic Literature
¬ENG020N470 - Travel Writing
¬ENG020N472 - About Reading

Year 2 (Combined Honours) [not on Study Exchange Abroad]

Year 2 combined honours students must take 60 credits of CRW modules, 20 of which are compulsory (denoted by #) and 40 are optional. Students choose one of the two compulsory modules listed below (please note that both are also offered as optional modules).

Compulsory modules
Students take either one or both of the following:
#CRW020N218A - Writing Fiction 1: Introduction to Narrative [recommended for CRW020N219S and HE3 fiction modules]
#CRW020N221S - Writing Poetry

Students then take an additional 40 credits from the following list of optional modules:

Optional modules
CRW020N207A - The History, Theory and Performance of Stand-Up Comedy
CRW020N217A - Writing Contexts 2: The Process of Writing
CRW020N218A - Writing Fiction 1: Introduction to Narrative [recommended for CRW020N219S and HE3 fiction modules]
CRW020N219S - Writing Fiction 2: Advanced Narrative [recommended for this module is CRW020N218A]
CRW020N220A - Telling True Stories
CRW020N221S - Writing Poetry
CRW020N222A - Writing Short Films [recommended for HE3 screenwriting modules]
CRW020N224H - Performance Text
¬CRW020X339 - Graphic Narratives [HE3 level module]
CRW020X349A - Writing for Children [HE3 level module; recommended: ENG020N231A or ENG020X352]

Optional module (non-credit bearing)
¬CRW000N255 - Creative Careers 2

Cross-listed optional modules
Year 2 combined honours students may choose to take a maximum of 20 credits from this list in place of those on the optional module list. Students should speak to the relevant Department Administrator or Convener of the programme offering these modules before choosing a cross-listed module. Please note that students wishing to attempt cross-listed modules at level HE3 should have successfully completed a module in the same programme at level HE2.
¬DRA020N546 - Writing in Performance
ELA020N206A - Language and Gender
¬ELA020N212 - Stylistics
ELA020N214A or S - Language in the Media
ENG020N231A - Origins & Developments of Children’s Literature
¬ENG020N248 - Literature and Plague
¬ENG020N285 - Eco-criticism and Canadian Literature
ENG020N466S - Gothic and Fantastic Literature
¬ENG020N470 - Travel Writing
¬ENG020N472 - About Reading

STUDY EXCHANGE ABROAD

Year 2 (Single Honours) on Study Exchange Abroad

Year 2 single honours students spending the Spring term studying abroad at one of our international partner institutions must achieve 120 credits articulated as follows: 60 taken prior to going abroad (20 from one of the HE2 compulsory modules and 40 from any HE2 optional modules); a compulsory 20-credit independent study module set by the programme for completion while abroad; the remaining 40 credits are taken at the host institution. Modules and credits taken both at home and away must be agreed with the Creative Writing HE2 Tutor and the Department's Academic Adviser and approved by the International Office.

Compulsory modules for single honours students on Study Exchange Abroad in 2014-2015
+CRW020N218A - Writing Fiction 1: Introduction to Narrative
plus +CRW020N204S - Contextual Writing Practice [set by programme in the Autumn for completion in the Spring while abroad]

Optional modules
CRW020N207A - The History, Theory and Performance of Stand-Up Comedy
CRW020N218A - Writing Fiction 1: Introduction to Narrative [recommended for CRW020N219S and HE3 fiction modules]
CRW020N220A - Telling True Stories
CRW020N222A - Writing Short Films [recommended for HE3 screenwriting modules]
CRW020X349A - Writing for Children [HE3 level module; recommended: ENG020N231A or ENG020X352]

Year 2 (Combined Honours) on Study Exchange Abroad

Year 2 combined honours students spending the Spring term studying abroad at one of our international partner institutions must achieve 120 credits during the course of the year. 60 credits are taken between the two combined programmes prior to going abroad; of these 60 credits, either 20 or 40 must be in CRW and either 20 or 40 in the combined programme (subject to agreement between programmes). In addition, CRW requires combined honours students studying abroad to complete a 20-credit independent study module while abroad. The remaining 40 credits are taken at the host institution. Modules and credits taken at home and away must be agreed with the Creative Writing HE2 Tutor, the Convener of the other (combined) programme, the Department's Academic Adviser and approved by the International Office.

Required modules for combined honours students on Study Exchange Abroad in 2014-2015
~CRW020N218A - Writing Fiction 1: Introduction to Narrative
plus ~CRW020N204S - Contextual Writing Practice [set by programme in the Autumn for completion in the Spring while abroad]



LEVEL HE3



Please note that while the programme endeavours to offer all the modules listed below, it reserves the right to withdraw or change any module.

Year 3 (Single Honours)

Year 3 single honours students take a total of 120 credits, of which 20 are required (denoted by ~) and 100 are optional.

Required module
~CRW020X345S - Writing Contexts 3: the Business of Writing

Optional modules
CRW040X303Y - Novel Writing [recommended: CRW030N214A or S]
CRW020X321A - Poetry and Innovative Form
CRW020X322S - Fiction and Innovative Form [recommended: CRW020N218A]
¬CRW020X339 - Graphic Narratives
¬CRW040X340 - Screenwriting: Long Shorts: Films for Festivals
CRW020X341S - Screenwriting: Drama-Documentary [recommended: pass in a screenwriting module at HE2]
CRW020X342A - Screenwriting: Adaptation [recommended: pass in a screenwriting module at HE2]
CRW020X343H - Writing Songs and Lyrics
CRW020X344S - The Short Poetic Sequence
CRW020X349A - Writing for Children [recommended: ENG020N231A or ENG020X352]
CRW020X353A - Gaming and Interactive Narratives
CRW020X355A - Publishing: From Book to Internet [recommended: pass in journalism/nonfiction module at HE1 or HE2]

Additional option
The following module is only available following consultation with the Programme Convener. It is an independent study module with minimal supervision. Students submit a proposal to the tutor they wish to supervise their work, with copies to HE3 Tutor and Department Administrator; students must indicate an alternative (second choice) module on their OMS notes and by email to Department Administrator. Students are not guaranteed a place on this module.
CRW020X346A or S - Special Topic [recommended: 65% or above in chosen genre at HE2]

Cross-listed optional modules
Year 3 single honours students may choose a maximum of 20 credits from this list instead of the optional module list. Students who have not passed HE2 level modules in the cross-listed programme should not attempt to do so at level HE3. Students choosing cross-listed modules must speak to their personal tutor or Creative Writing Year Tutor and obtain clearance from the relevant Department Administrator or Convener of the cross-listed programme before choosing a cross-listed module.
¬ELA020X240 - Sexist Language
¬ENG020X284 - Literature 1960 to the Present Day
¬ENG020X290 - C20th American Literature 1
¬ENG020X292 - C20th American Literature 2
ENG020X309A - Writing Multi-Cultural Britain: From Sam Selvon to Zadie Smith
¬ENG020X317 - Writing by Women of Colour
ENG020X452A - Poetics of Surveillance
¬ENG020X353 - Postmodern Plunder: Rewriting Classic Narratives
¬ENG020X420 - Working Class Fiction
¬ENG020X435 - C20th Dystopian Fiction
ENG020X446A - Reading the American South: Race, Gender and Memory
ENG020X453S - Crime Fiction

Year 3 (Combined Honours)

Year 3 combined honours students must take 60 credits of CRW modules. There are no compulsory or required modules for combined honours students at level HE3.

CRW optional modules
CRW040X303Y - Novel Writing [recommended: CRW020N218A or S]
CRW020X321A - Poetry and Innovative Form
CRW020X322S - Fiction and Innovative Form [recommended: CRW020N218A or S]
¬CRW020X339 - Graphic Narratives
¬CRW040X340 - Screenwriting: Long Shorts: Films for Festivals
CRW020X341S - Screenwriting: Drama-Documentary [recommended: pass in a screenwriting module at HE2]
CRW020X342A - Screenwriting: Adaptation [recommended: pass in a screenwriting module at HE2]
CRW020X343H - Writing Songs and Lyrics
CRW020X344S - The Short Poetic Sequence
CRW020X345S - Writing Contexts 3: the Business of Writing
CRW020X349A - Writing for Children [recommended: ENG020N231A or ENG020X352]
CRW020X353A - Gaming and Interactive Narratives
CRW020X355A - Publishing: From Book to Internet [recommended: pass in a journalism/nonfiction module at HE1 or HE2]

Additional option
The following module is only available following consultation with the Programme Convener. It is an independent study module with minimal supervision. Students submit a proposal to the tutor they wish to supervise their work, with copies to HE3 Tutor and Department Administrator; students must indicate an alternative (second choice) module on their OMS notes and by email to Department Administrator. Students are not guaranteed a place on this module.
CRW020X346A or S - Special Topic [recommended: 65% or above in chosen genre at HE2]

Cross-listed optional modules
Year 3 combined honours students may choose a maximum of 20 credits from this list instead of the optional module list. Students who have not passed HE2 modules in the cross-listed programme should not attempt a cross-listed module at HE3. Students choosing cross-listed modules must speak to their personal tutor or Creative Writing Year Tutor and obtain clearance from the relevant Department Administrator or Convener of the cross-listed programme before choosing a cross-listed module.
¬ELA020X240 - Sexist Language
¬ENG020X284 - Literature 1960 to the Present Day
¬ENG020X290 - C20th American Literature 1
¬ENG020X292 - C20th American Literature 2
ENG020X309A - Writing Multi-Cultural Britain: From Sam Selvon to Zadie Smith
¬ENG020X317 - Writing by Women of Colour
ENG020X352S - Subversive Children’s Literature
¬ENG020X353 - Postmodern Plunder: Rewriting Classic Narratives
¬ENG020X420 - Working Class Fiction
¬ENG020X435 - C20th Dystopian Fiction
ENG020X446A - Reading the American South: Race, Gender and Memory
ENG020X453S - Crime Fiction

Module annotations:
+ - compulsory module for single honours students (must be passed)
# - compulsory module for combined honours students (must be passed)
~ - required module (must be taken)
¬ - module not available in 2014-2015.

Notes:
a) Each module code consists of a three-letter module prefix denoting the programme it belongs to (eg BSS010C110A = Biosciences), the following three digits refer to its credit value (eg BSS010C110A = 10 credits), the single letter in the middle (eg BSS010C110A) denotes the module level (eg C = HE1, N = HE2, X = HE3), the last three digits denote its unique number (eg BSS010C110A), and the final letter denotes its suffix (eg BSS010C110A). The suffixes indicate the following: A - Autumn term, S - Spring term, H – Summer term/Summer intensive mode and Y - All year.

b) Individual module details can be viewed by clicking on each module code or using the "View all modules" link below for a complete list of module assessments and descriptions. Where an assessment has more than one component all elements must be passed, unless individual module assessment details state otherwise.

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