Module UXS-3078:
Writing Genre Fiction

Module Facts

Run by School of Music and Media

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Dr Lyle Skains

Overall aims and purpose

This module engages students in the practice of writing genre fiction for various media, as well as critical considerations surrounding genre fiction, through specific case study of a particular genre (e.g., speculative fiction). Topics examined may include questions about the cultural and commercial value of genre fiction, cult fiction, cultural cycles of genre fiction, writing based in mythology/legend, transmedia narratives, and narratology. Texts will include genre fiction, as well as readings presenting critical theory in terms of cultural studies, narratology, and genre.

Course content

Students will approach genre fiction from a creative & critical perspective, examining a particular genre across the semester as a series of case studies (e.g., speculative fiction). They will engage in reading and analyzing relevant texts, applying theory and understanding gained to their own creative project.

Assessment Criteria

threshold

Threshold: D-range

Submitted work is adequate and shows an acceptable level of competence as follows:

  1. Generally accurate but with omissions and errors.
  2. Assertions are made without clear supporting evidence or reasoning.
  3. Has structure but is lacking in clarity and therefore relies on the reader to make links and assumptions.
  4. Draws on a relatively narrow range of material.

C- to C+

Good: C-range

Submitted work is generally competent, though not distinguished by superior style, approach or choice of supporting materials. It:

  1. Demonstrates good structure and logically developed arguments.
  2. Draws at least in parts on material that has been sourced and assessed as a result of independent study, or in a way unique to the student.
  3. Assertions are generally backed by evidence and sound reasoning.
  4. Accuracy and presentation usually in an appropriate academic style.

good

Very Good: B-range

Submitted work is competent throughout and distinguished by superior style, approach and choice of supporting materials. It:

  1. Demonstrates very good structure and logically developed arguments.
  2. Draws on material that has been sourced and assessed as a result of independent study, or in a way unique to the student.
  3. Assertions are backed by evidence and sound reasoning.
  4. Accuracy and presentation in an appropriate academic style.

excellent

Excellent: A-range

Submitted work is of an outstanding quality and excellent in one or more of the following ways:

  1. Has originality of exposition with the student’s own thinking being readily apparent.
  2. Provides clear evidence of extensive and relevant independent study.
  3. Arguments are laid down with clarity and provide the reader with successive stages of consideration to reach conclusions.

Learning outcomes

  1. Apply advanced analysis to the processes and features of writing genre fiction, and apply that to a self-directed, practical project.

  2. Write a piece of genre fiction in a chosen medium, demonstrating an advanced understanding of genre, audience expectations, cultural relevance, and awareness of the medium’s affordances and limitations.

  3. Interrogate the relationship of genre fiction to other textual systems of cultural communication.

  4. Analyse genre fiction from a foundation of critical theory in the field as well as from a creative and/or practice-as-research perspective.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
GROUP PRESENTATION Group Session Leading

A group presentation in the form of leading a session in topics relevant to the module. Tasks related to group presentations, including peer review of other group sessions, will be included in this assessment.

10
ESSAY Critical Essay

The Critical Essay will consist of a series of tasks completed during the semester, which build to a final argumentative essay of 2000 words presenting an argument based in the practice of creating the Creative Portfolio, in addition to research based in critical readings. Tasks include in-class activities, workshop feedback, and at-home exercises.

45
LOGBOOK OR PORTFOLIO Creative Portfolio

The Creative Portfolio will consist of a series of tasks completed during the semester, which build to a final creative piece of 2000 words (or equivalent) engaging in the various aspects of genre writing discussed on the module. Tasks include in-class activities, workshop feedback, and at-home exercises.

45

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Private study 167
Study group

Study Group Tutorial (joint with UXS-2078): 1 hour per week for 11 weeks.

11
Seminar

Seminars (NOT joint with UXS-2078): 1 hour per week for 11 weeks.

11
Lecture

Lectures (joint with UXS-2078 Genre Fiction; ALL students): 1 hour per week for 11 weeks.

11

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Subject specific skills

  • An understanding of creative and critical processes, and of the wide range of skills inherent in creative writing. (NAWE Creative Writing Benchmark Statement 3.1).
  • Knowledge of a wide range of canonical English texts, providing a confident understanding of literary traditions as well as the confidence to experiment and challenge conventions when writing creatively. (English Benchmark Statement 3.1).
  • An awareness of writing and publishing contexts, opportunities and audiences in the wider world (NAWE Creative Writing Benchmark Statement 3.1).
  • Artistic engagement and ability to articulate complex ideas in oral and written forms. (NAWE Creative Writing Benchmark Statement 3.2).
  • Ability to connect creative and critical ideas between and among forms, techniques and types of creative and critical praxis. (NAWE Creative Writing Benchmark Statement 3.2; English Benchmark Statement 3.2).
  • Awareness of how different social and cultural contexts affect the nature of language and meaning (English Benchmark Statement 3.2).
  • Reflective practitioner skills, including awareness of the practice of others in collaborative learning (NAWE Creative Writing Benchmark Statement 3.2; English Benchmark Statement 3.2).
  • The ability to synthesize information from various sources, choosing and applying appropriate concepts and methods (English Benchmark Statement 3.3).
  • Ability to formulate and solve problems, anticipate and accommodate change, and work within contexts of ambiguity, uncertainty and unfamiliarity (NAWE Creative Writing Benchmark Statement 3.2; English Benchmark Statement 3.3).
  • Ability to engage in processes of drafting and redrafting texts to achieve clarity of expression and an appropriate style. (English Benchmark Statement 3.3; NAWE Creative Writing Benchmark Statement 3.2).
  • Ability to gather information, analyse, interpret and discuss different viewpoints (NAWE Creative Writing Benchmark Statement 3.2; English Benchmark Statement 3.3).
  • Information technology (IT) skills broadly understood and the ability to access, work with and evaluate electronic resources (NAWE Creative Writing Benchmark Statement 3.2; English Benchmark Statement 3.3).

Resources

Talis Reading list

http://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/uxs-3078.html

Reading list

Full reading list available on the module's Blackboard site.

Pre- and Co-requisite Modules

Courses including this module

Optional in courses: