Academic Year 2023/2024

This module will provide students with an understanding of how a novel might be approached. The module aims to improve students' critical and creative understanding through close reading from established literary texts, as well as from their own and their fellow students' work. They will also start to plan and write a novel, while reflecting on their practice throughout.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:
• display a critically informed analytical awareness of the benefits of close critical reading for writers
• engage in intellectually sophisticated debates concerning ideas of literary canonicity and value
• exhibit a developed awareness of established and innovative literary techniques
• work constructively to develop their writing independently and through engagement with workshop groups

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
PDFs of great novel openings will be posted in Brightspace for discussion in the workshop. The students' own creative texts will be submitted each week to the workshop for practical feedback from the tutor and peers. Each student typically submits twice in the term. The student learns through the practice and refinement of their craft. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Reading & Writing the Novel (ENG41120)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: the student will submit a piece of work (5,000 words) that has been rewritten after discussion in a workshop setting. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded Yes


Continuous Assessment: Workshop contribution. The student will be assessed on the integrity of their writing process, their response to the work of fellow students, and their engagement with set texts. Unspecified n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
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
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback given during the workshop will be complemented by individual discussion, during office hours, with Professor Enright.

Name Role
Professor Paul Perry Tutor