Longer Fiction: Skills and Techniques for Approaching a Novel

This module will explore the process of writing an extended piece of fiction. The primary focus is the development of the student’s own creative work; this is facilitated through the study of a selection of contemporary novels and secondary texts, and the workshop critique of the student’s ongoing project. Over the course of ten weeks, students are required to read each key text for discussion, and to submit extracts of their creative work for critique on a regular basis. Further reading, tailored to the students’ individual needs, will be suggested by the tutor as the course progresses. The course should be considered to have a cumulative effect, in that books discussed early on may be drawn upon in later weeks to illustrate different aspects of writing. During the course you are also expected to keep a journal, which will form the basis of the reflective element of your final portfolio. Towards the end of the half unit, you are expected to submit a short piece of reflective writing based on this journal, in which you consider your progress and detail plans for your final portfolio submission. This will be discussed in an end-of-term personal tutorial with your tutor.