Creative Writing: Poetry
Run by School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
30 Credits or 15 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Prof Zoë Skoulding
Overall aims and purpose
- To examine ways of thinking creatively through an awareness of the creative processes and techniques of poetry.
- To develop an understanding of poetic form and its relationship to ideas.
- To explore concepts of context, audience and authorship,
- To develop an appreciation of the literary and cultural contexts of poetry.
Through individual tutorials and workshops, participants will learn how to develop an idea, carry out the necessary research, select an appropriate poetic form and style and construct a piece of writing suitable for its intended audience. Participants will be required to critically reflect on their own work and revise and edit as required. They will also be introduced to the work of other poets carrying out similar work, and appreciate the cultural and literary context in which their work is produced and received. By the end of the module participants will have written and edited a number of pieces of poetry and will understand the literary and cultural context of their work.
0-49% A (D) candidate’s work will show many of the following features: • Some originality and engagement with ideas. • Some sense of formal conventions and structures. • Occasionally inconsistent with regard to linguistic technicalities. • Some awareness of the creative process and of decisions made in writing. Sound work, but its strengths need to be more fully sustained to reach publishable standard.
60-69% A candidate’s work reaching Merit will show many of the following qualities: • Demonstration of vitality and originality; sustained engagement with ideas. • Very good understanding of generic conventions; sound use of structures, forms and technique. • Resourceful and imaginative use of language. • Clear critical understanding of the creative process and ability to think conceptually about decisions made in writing. • Very good work, approaching publishable standard.
50-59% A Pass (C) candidate’s work will show many of the following qualities: • Original and interesting work with an attempt at serious exploration of ideas. • Clear link between themes and form. • Technically proficient and well-focused use of language. • Sound critical understanding of the creative process and of decisions made in writing. • Good work, which at times comes close to publishable standard.
70% and above Typically, the work of a candidate reaching Distinction will show many of the following qualities: • Excellent levels of originality, vision and depth; striking and thorough engagement with ideas. • Excellent understanding and control of form and technique. • Impressive linguistic control and/or innovation. • Sophisticated critical understanding of the creative process and confident ability to conceptualise approaches to writing. • Dynamic work of publishable standard.
Understand the idea of thinking creatively and be able to use creative processes and techniques.
Know how to select an appropriate poetic form in order to carry out a creative idea.
Write with an appreciation of audience.
Develop an appreciation of the literary and cultural context of their work.
|One Poetry portfolio||100|
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Eight one-hour seminars, on a weekly basis
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- Q3AJ: Diploma Creative Writing (English) year 1 (DIP/CWE)
- Q3AK: MA Creative Writing (English) year 1 (MA/CWE)
- Q2W9: MArts English Literature with Creative Writing year 4 (MARTS/ELCW)