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Unit information: MACW Workshop 1 in 2021/22

Unit name MACW Workshop 1
Unit code ENGLM0070
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Mimi Thebo
Open unit status Not open



Students will take two workshop units, one each teaching block.

School/department Department of English
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

Students will work collaboratively to examine and edit their own work, and that of peers, with a high level of rigour and scrutiny, at the various levels of clause, line, sentence, stanza, paragraph but also at the structural level of overall scene, chapter, collection and book. Supported by an experienced tutor, in groups of no more than nine, they will develop close-reading skills and become able to articulate (and question) their own literary aesthetic. In response to workshop, students will examine the relationship of the reader in creating imaginative experiences, and begin to recognise and articulate their own aesthetic sensibilities as well as use a variety of editorial approaches and processes.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Recognise and articulate critically the technical requirements of form, tone, register, structure and genre in relation to creative writing.
  2. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, demonstrating an awareness of voice, idiom, idiolect, simile, metaphor, analogy, rhythm and media-specific restraints.
  3. Use a variety of editorial approaches and processes.
  4. Engage with written and oral feedback.
  5. Evaluate the role of readers and audiences in realising texts and the ways that performance can impact an audience’s imaginative experience.
  6. Edit their own work, and that of peers, at the various levels of clause, line, sentence, stanza, paragraph but also at the structural level of overall scene, chapter, collection and book.
  7. Formulate independent and critical judgements of creative works, and be able to respond to the critical judgements of others with practical and creative solutions and reasoned arguments/
  8. Interact effectively with others, in team or group-work, and appreciate the benefit of giving and receiving feedback

Teaching Information

Teaching will take place in a collaborative 3 hour seminar environment, led by an experienced writing workshop tutor. Activities will be centred on discussion of previous close-reading of participants’ original creative writing, with occasional other reading assigned by the tutor.

Assessment Information

A portfolio of writing to include:

1 x 3500 word summative original creative writing assessment (or equivalent, in the case of poetry/script). [ILOs 1, 2, 3, 6] (70%)

1 x 1500 word summative critical commentary which describes how elements of study (normally to include notes on workshop engagement, workshop comments, reading, research and/or critical/theoretical concepts) were used in the craft decisions of the writer’s original creative writing. [ILOs 4, 5, 7, 8] (30%)


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.