Independent Creative Writing Project

The details
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 02 July 2021
05 June 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

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),
MLITQ393 Literature and Creative Writing

Module description

The project is an opportunity to work on a substantial piece of creative writing, whether a single developed piece or a collection of shorter works, together with a critical and reflective commentary on the work, exploring writing influences, process and composition. The creative work could take the form of an anthology of poems or stories or creative non-fiction on a particular theme – nature poems, bird poems, stories set on the planet Zorn, crime stories, writings accruing from an engagement with architecture, history and landscape.

Alternatively this could involve archival or editorial work, such as putting together an edited anthology from an archive eg. The Douglas Oliver or J.A. Baker archives in the Albert Sloman Library.

The Independent Creative Writing Project (ICWP) is designed by the student, supervised by a member of teaching staff, and examined by a 7,500 word project and a presentation.

The 7,500 word project will be divided between a creative work and a reflective critical commentary including bibliography. The creative work will constitute approx. 5,000 words. The length of the commentary will be approx. 2,500 words. 70% of the mark for this project will be awarded to the creative work, 30% to the commentary. This constitutes 80% of the mark for the module.

The presentation makes up the remaining 20% of the mark for the module. Students will both supply a presentation file for the purposes of assessment and perform the presentation to an audience of the marker and other students.

Module aims

The aims of the module are:

1. to enable students to design their own programme of study, exploring a topic of particular interest to them
2. to empower students to design, execute and deliver an independent creative project
3. to encourage the development of transferable research skills
4. to prepare students for postgraduate study
5. to develop students' self-motivation, team building, self-discipline and independence in their studies

Module learning outcomes

On completing this module students will be able to:

1. Plan and execute an independent creative project.
2. Articulate ideas and produce a convincing and clearly presented creative project.
3. Analyse and present research materials and/or practical outcomes.
4. Demonstrate knowledge and expertise in their chosen field(s).
5. Independently research and work with a wide variety of materials.
6. Self-motivate and organise their own time.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

For 2020-21, we will offer a mixture of tailored online, digital, and campus-based teaching where it may be possible and as appropriate, along with personalised one-to-one consultation with academic staff. Your supervisor will help you shape and guide you through your project.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Creative Piece (5,500 words)    60% 
Coursework   Field of interest' 100-word document    0% 
Coursework   Proposal    0% 
Coursework   Outline and Bibliography (formative)    0% 
Coursework   Slides for Presentation (presentations to take place on week 18)    20% 
Coursework   Commentary (normally 2,000 words)    20% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Philip Terry, email:
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 40 hours, 13 (32.5%) hours available to students:
27 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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