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Semester and Year Offered: Monsoon, 2019
Course Coordinator: Belinder Dhanoa
Email of course coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-requisites: The course is open to the MA Literary Art students.
In CD&E 3, a level of competence in their craft and proficiency in reflective writing and the key writer’s disciplines, will allow students to produce portfolios of finished work, and enable them to critically reflect, develop and evaluate their own practice through a period of supervised and assessed practice learning. We will revise, edit and rewrite by examining selections from each text with regard to how the different elements and devices of writing have contributed to developing the narrative.
The course is an integral and defining part of the Creative Writing Programme as it aims to give the student a strong foundation in writing. It will also involve a study of historical perspectives within literary creative practice. Students work through the process of their own writing within this context. The course will also provide the foundation for critical analysis of writing, and examine the need to reflect on critical cultural issues in writing.
Concept Development and Experimentation which is a 12 credit course to be covered in 3 Semesters (1st, 2nd and 3rd), is concerned with exploration, research, development, and expression of ideas through writing. Students will be encouraged to explore how ideas can be developed and transformed through critical thinking and creative expression. This course will be conducted through writing workshops, as well as individual work with the tutor. The sessions will be conducted on a seminar/workshop model.
Course Outcomes: On completion of the course, it is expected that the student will have:
Developed critical reading skills to assess their own writing, and a disciplined practice in writing
Developed a use of expressive language.
Developed skills in the use of Narrative Structures in different forms of writing.
Developed their skills in the review and critique of peer writing.
Gained an understanding of developments in contemporary literary practice (including developments in writing in the digital age) and discourse.
Gained the ability to frame their own work within the larger contexts of literary and cultural production.
Learned to critique their own work and developed the editing skills required to redraft.
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
Module 1: Writing 3
Draft work will be analysed and evaluated in detail, then developed and presented in a two-part file of original work. Students’ reflection on their writing processes and contexts will be submitted with the second part of the file.
Module 2: Writing Contexts 3
Students will explore one specific writer or group/movement of writers; Social/political themes and issues; Form/Genre; Experimentation /Innovation.
Module 3: Writing Experiments 3
The Final Project is an opportunity for students to develop and finalise their self-reflective work journals. This will pull together the main threads from previous journals, critical reading, tutorial and class notes, reviews, and tutor/ peer assessment and feedback.
The list is indicative, a point of departure rather than arrival; the student will be expected to explore it selectively, and to read above and beyond and off to the side in the ways that best feed their own work. The list is supplemented by readings directed to student proposals and individual requirements.
The overall goal is to stress the link between reading and writing, and to introduce the idea of reading like a writer, by which is meant reading with an eye toward enriching the understanding of craft and deepening individual practice.