Experiment and develop your understanding of creative writing Experiment and develop your understanding of creative writing

Academic Lead - Miss Kate Moorhead

Want to explore your creativity or unlock your underlying passion for prose and poetry? This module is a fantastic opportunity for students with little previous experience of creative writing to learn the craft elements in Norwich, England’s first UNESCO City of Literature. Students will undertake a number of in-class exercise based on objects, handouts, discussion and visualisation, on occasion studying the work of established authors. Very often students will be asked to write about ‘what you know’, drawing on notebooks, memory, family stories, and sensory impressions.

In both prose and poetry students will concentrate initially on generating material. In prose, students will go on to look at character, dialogue, point-of-view, ‘showing’ vs. ‘telling’, plotting, etc. In poetry, students will begin to explore the possibilities of pattern and form, sound, voice, imagery, and ‘making strange’.

Students should equip themselves with a notebook for everyday use and a file or folder in which to keep handouts and all of their written work. They will be required to complete exercises in their own time and should be prepared to read their work in class.

By the end of this module students will have learnt:

  • How to write prose fiction and poetry, learning to experiment and test their writing and realising that not everything will come off.
  • The disciplines necessary to being a writer – observation, keeping notebooks, writing in drafts, reading as a writer, and submitting to deadlines.
  • How to be analytical – why do you like or dislike something in somebody’s writing? What is the problem with the writing? How might it be fixed? Why does it work if you like it?

Field Trips

Details of field trips will be confirmed shortly.

Prerequisites

There are no specific entry requirements for this module but an expectation to participate.

School Profile

The School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing (LDC) at the University of East Anglia has a long-established international reputation in literary studies. World famous for its pioneering courses in creative writing, it is also home to prize-winning scholars and translators of literature and drama from all periods. In 2011 UEA’s Creative Writing programme was awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, the UK’s most prestigious higher education award, in recognition of its continuing excellence in delivering innovative courses at a world-class level. For more information please visit the Creative Writing webpages.

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