The Writer's Toolkit

The details
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
27 March 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W800 Creative Writing,
BA W801 Creative Writing (Including Year Abroad),
BA W803 Creative Writing (Including Placement Year),
BA W808 Creative Writing (Including Foundation Year),
BA Q300 English Literature,
BA Q303 English Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA Q320 English Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA Q321 English Literature (Including Year Abroad),
BA PW38 Film and Creative Writing,
BA PW39 Film and Creative Writing (Including Placement Year),
BA PW88 Film and Creative Writing (Including Foundation Year),
BA PWH8 Film and Creative Writing (Including Year Abroad),
BA QW30 Literature and Creative Writing,
BA QW31 Literature and Creative Writing (Including Year Abroad),
BA QW33 Literature and Creative Writing (Including Placement Year),
BA QW38 Literature and Creative Writing (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

How do you get started as a writer? How do you practise your writing? And how can you make improvements? Using exercises and texts, focus on your basic skills and essay writing, while covering topics like characterisation, dialogue, point of view, plotting, suspense, metaphor and imagery.

This module aims to get students started as writers, giving you the opportunity to practise your writing and make improvements. Getting into the habit of writing will prepare you for subsequent, theoretical-based aspects of writing courses as well as for discussion on writing and the completion of workshop exercises. Writing is also a good way of reading and responding to texts and this aspect of the course will have benefits for all your study.

Creative Writing skills will be explored through exercises and texts. The module is participatory: this will involve writing and reading in class, as well as contributing to written exercises and discussion.

Module aims

To get students used to the practice of writing regularly
To enable students to share writing orally and on the page

Module learning outcomes

To develop craft skills for creative writing
To learn to give and receive feedback on their own and others' writing
To lay the foundations for a degree in Creative Writing
To create an interface between the creative and the critical

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Interactive seminars (two hours each week over one term). Be prepared to read and complete writing exercises in class as well as to discuss your work with your colleagues.


  • Anderson, Linda; Neale, Derek. (2009) Writing fiction, New York: Routledge.
  • Lodge, David. (1992) The art of fiction: illustrated from classic and modern texts, London: Penguin Books.
  • Burroway, Janet. (2015) Imaginative writing: the elements of craft, Boston: Pearson.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Formative: On-line quiz or short written exercise    0% 
Coursework   Final written assignment: short story or stories and/or poems on a subject of your choice (maximum 2000 words) together with a commentary (c.1000-1500 words) and should not exceed 3,500 words in total (excluding footnotes and bibliography)    95% 
Practical   Participation     5% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Christopher McCully, email:
Dr Christopher McCully, Jon Crane
LiFTS General Office - email Telephone 01206 872626



External examiner

Dr James Michael Miller
Kingston University
Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing
Available via Moodle
Of 80 hours, 80 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

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