Substances: Advanced Creative Writing Workshop II

Module code: EN7043

This module follows on from the module Styles in the first semester, and gives you the opportunity, space and time to develop your own writing, and reflect on that writing, in conjunction with tutors and other students. You will develop your creative practice in a sustained way, by writing and receiving feedback from peers and staff.

Teaching methods may include workshops, seminars, individual tutorials and a guest masterclass. There will be writing exercises, as well as opportunities for sharing work, and giving and receiving feedback.

The module is structured around two interwoven strands, one of which is a "theme," one of which is a "form": that is, "Place and Writing" and "Fiction." This structure gives you the opportunity to learn about a key form in depth at the same time as allowing you to work and experiment more broadly across forms and genres within a key theme. Whether or not you decide to pursue fiction, there are techniques, skills and disciplines which you learn from experimenting in the form which are useful, and often of fundamental importance to all writing; and clearly the theme of place is one which runs through many forms of writing, including non-fiction, fiction, poetry and script-writing.

For the final assessment, you can choose to write in any form (poetry, fiction, non-fiction, script, new media), but normally the work submitted will engage in some way with one of the two strands of the module. The final assignment will consist of Creative Writing (70%), plus a Reflective Commentary (30%).


  • 18 hours of seminars
  • 2 hours of tutorials
  • 280 hours of guided independent study


  • Summative Portfolio of Creative Writing, 3,500 words of prose, or 9-11 pages of poetry/scripts (70%)
  • Reflective commentary, 1,500 words (30%)