CRWT30010 Exploring Creative Writing

Academic Year 2022/2023

This is an introductory course to creative writing, so students are not required to have any previous experience in the field. Students will be encouraged to try out different forms and genres such as fiction, poetry, non-fiction, script-writing. Among the topics considered are the creative writing process, how to access ideas, pre-writing and drafting, editing and fine-tuning, finding your voice, and elements of craft such as character, setting, image, voice. These topics are approached through a series of creative exercises followed by teacher-led discussions, pair and group work. In this context students get an opportunity to discuss the work they have undertaken in class as well as work they may have embarked on independently. A short assignment, usually requiring a creative response and based on classwork, is given every week.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this course a student may expect to:
-Understand some of the skills and techniques required when beginning to write creatively
-Work on one long piece of creative work or a selection of shorter pieces
-Be able to make connections between the literary texts you study on the programme and the writing you undertake
-Become familiar with some of the basic strategies for reading and talking about others’ writing
-Be able to reflect critically on your own writing practice

Indicative Module Content:

Indicative Module Content

Free writing/pre-writing

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Student-centered active learning
Group work
Pair work
Individual work
YouTube videos/Sound cloud clips
Links to online resources
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
CRWT20010 - Intro to Creative Writing, ENG20380 - Creative Writing I, ENG20390 - Creative Writing II, ENG20510 - Creative Writing K, ENG30410 - Creative Writing III, ENG30420 - Creative Writing IV

Creative Writing L (ENG30870), Creative Writing L (ENG31070)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Attendance and Contribution includes preparedness for class, engagement in class activities, participation in group discussions, presentations, feedback and completion of weekly homework assignments. Varies over the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Portfolio: A well-presented 2,500 word portfolio submitted according to guidelines, including edited work based on assignments set during the elective, and a 300-500 word reflection on the writing process. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Peer reviewing will take place most weeks. Written feedback will be offered on homework assignments. Group feedback on weekly assignments will be given orally each week. A one to one consultation session will be offered in the week after lectures have finished. Feedback comments will be available on final portfolio.

Name Role
Dr Paula McGrath Tutor
Declan Toohey Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Seminar Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 15:00 - 15:50
Seminar Offering 2 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 16:00 - 16:50