Module Details

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Title Creative Writing II: The Social Voice
Code ENGL793
Coordinator Dr DJ O'Connor
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2022-23 Level 7 FHEQ Second Semester 15


The aims of this module are: To give students the opportunity to consider how creative performative practice engages in a critical context with a global society, social justice, political and environmental issues and human rights; to introduce how creative and critical forms can complement one another, with a particular focus on voice-based practice; to develop facilities in producing critical-inflected creative writing across poetry, prose, drama and other forms of writing with a view to understanding how students can use their own voice and the voices of others; to develop a greater theoretical understanding of matters pertaining to socially-engaged writing; to foster independence in creative and critical thinking, alongside reading of contemporary writing in a variety of genre and media.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will have the ability to engage with a variety of advanced technical and formal approaches to socially-engaged creative writing in a critical context, and to constructively evaluate their own writing.

(LO2) Students will be able to demonstrate an advanced compositional techniques and methods and a sophisticated awareness of the range of options available to them as writers.

(LO3) Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the drafting process and its importance in relation to creative writing.

(LO4) Students will be able to develop sophisticated arguments that reflect social engagement through creative writing in a critical context.

(S1) Students will gain advanced compositional skills in creative writing in a critical context.

(S2) Students will gain advanced communication, interpersonal and communication skills.

(S3) Students will develop resilience and independence in the production of their own creative writing.

(S4) Students will gain the ability to use IT and other relevant tools to present written work to a professional standard.

(S5) Students will gain the ability to handle complex information in a critical, creative and self-reflective manner.

(S6) Students will gain organisation skills in managing time and workloads, and in meeting deadlines.

(S7) Students will gain advanced critical and analytical skills in relation diverse forms of discourse.



Students will be introduced to a range of approaches to producing socially-engaged, creative writing in a critical context for voice, from engaging with uses of voice in drama, fiction and poetry, whether on the page, on stage or on media platforms such as radio and podcasts. Authors/works covered may include Lucy Prebble, Refugee Tales, debbi tucker green, Caryl Churchill, The End of the World Has Already Happened and Anna Deveare Smith. Fortnightly seminars will combine discussions of critically-inflected creative texts and theoretical approaches to social activism, alongside writing exercises and the study of practices involved in creative writing for voice.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Seminars (face to face, or online as appropriate): 12 hours. Attendance recorded.

Unscheduled directed student hours (independent study): 138.

The majority of teaching will be delivered face-to-face on campus. Online delivery will be used to complement the on-campus delivery and where technology affords a better learning experience.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours   12

Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 138


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Portfolio of creative writing and reflective essay. Re-sit opportunity available. Not an anonymous assessment.    80       
Draft(s) of creative writing         
Reflective essay. Re-sit opportunity available. Anonymous assessment available.    20       

Recommended Texts

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