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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Creative Writing Fundamentals Craft&Technique
Module Code EL2070
School 67
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Darran McCann
Semester 2: Darran McCann
Autumn: Darran McCann
Module TeachersKit Fryatt
Darran McCann
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This course will introduce students to creative writing through a selection of texts both contemporary and from key periods in the history of Literature. We will look at all genres; Poetry, Drama and Fiction. The aim of this course is to encourage students to pursue their own creative writing and for this reason there will be a lot of time and emphasis spent on critiquing the student’s work throughout the semester. We will also look at creative writing practice; drafting, layout, time span, final draft, with an eye to great writer’s work practices and methods and what constitutes great writing as opposed to good writing and bad writing. The ambition would be for the student to have a finished piece of creative writing in a genre of their choosing to an accomplished standard at the end of the module.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the rigour of the creative writing process.
2. Discernment between the excellent and the ordinary in critiquing assigned text.
3. Comprehend the difference between a first draft and a fourth draft.
4. Improve and enhance critical faculty in reading text as creative documents as opposed to academic ones.
5. Explore and understand the paramount position of the imagination in all creative endeavours.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Independent Study101Independent Learning
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Seminars in which the work of a canonical writer is reviewed from the point of view of informing the student’s own cre

Workshops in which members of the writing group present their work

Sessions moving towards the evolution of a finished work

Discussion of how to present and disseminate a piece of creative writing

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
EssayCritical response/ essay on a writer of their choice from assigned texts.20%n/a
Written ExamOne finished piece of creative writing.80%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

    Other Resources

    0, 0, Selections from writers such as: Samuel Beckett, William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Ted Hughes, W.B. Yeats, Ernest Hemingway, Harold Pinter, Virginia Woolf, Leo Tolstoy,
    Programme or List of Programmes
    BAJHBachelor of Arts (BAJH)
    BAJMBachelor of Arts (BAJM)

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