LT245-5-FY-CO:
Creative Non-Fiction

The details
2019/20
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Current
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
30
20 August 2019

 

Requisites for this module
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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)

Module description

The study and practice of creative non-fiction will give BA Creative Writing students the opportunity to explore aspects of creativity in writing which go beyond the boundaries of the work done in LT209 Creative Writing: Theory and Practice, into areas like the essay, psycho-geography, documentary, (auto)biography and the interview. The creative aspects of other kinds of writing can widen the writer's scope and sense of possibility, making writing a more connected activity, both to the self and to the public world. Creative Non-Fiction is a subject gaining in popularity, both here and in the US, because of its sense of engagement and experiment.

Much non-fiction in poetry, creative prose writing of all kinds, documentary and features for broadcast media are at least equal in significance, in publishing terms, to fictional writing. The course will also explore the boundaries between fiction and non-fiction, which has always been a fertile area of creativity, from Defoe's Journal of the Plague Year to today's 'misery memoir'. Engaging with creative non-fiction will also help students understand the use of research and attention to factual and sensory detail, all of which are transferable skills, which can enhance creative work more generally. The voices, formal opportunities and approaches explored will increase all creative writers' repertoire, resources and skill level.

Module Supervisor's Research into Subject Area

James Canton has written widely in creative non-fiction forms and taught on the MA in Wild Writing at the University of Essex since its inception in 2009, exploring the fascinating ties between the literature and landscape of East Anglia. He has worked on Radio 4 exploring the writing and landscapes of Essex such as for 'Something Understood' on John Clare and Epping Forest (August 2014) and 'Open Country' on Tollesbury Wick and literary Essex (November 2015). His book Out of Essex: Re-Imagining a Literary Landscape (2013) is inspired by rural wanderings in the county. His latest work Ancient Wonderings: Journeys into Prehistoric Britain was published by Collins in 2017.

Module aims

The aim of the module is to provide students the opportunity to explore aspects of creativity in writing in areas like the essay, psycho-geography, nature writing, travel writing, documentary, (auto)biography and the interview. Creative Non-Fiction is a subject gaining in popularity, both here and in the US, because of its sense of engagement and experiment. Much non-fiction in poetry, creative prose writing of all kinds, documentary and features for broadcast media are at least equal in significance, in publishing terms, to fictional writing.

Module learning outcomes

The module outcomes centre on enabling students to write in various forms of non-fiction. Our teaching is accompanied by writing exercises, conducted both inside and outside class to enable students to practically experiment with creative non-fiction forms of writing. Workshops allow students to present their work to the class, while formal assignments allow more in-depth exploration of their chosen genres.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Weekly 2-hour seminar

Bibliography

  • Deakin, Roger; Hastie, Alison; Blacker, Terence. (c2008) Notes from Walnut Tree Farm, London: Hamish Hamilton.
  • Defoe, Daniel; Richetti, John J. (2003) Robinson Crusoe, London: Penguin. vol. Penguin classics
  • Dee, Tim. (©2009) The running sky: a bird-watching life, London: Vintage.
  • Chatwin, Bruce. (1998) In Patagonia, London: Vintage.
  • Charlie Brooker. (2012) Charlie Brooker's Screen Burn: Faber & Faber.
  • Joe Sacco. (2018) Journalism: Jonathan Cape.
  • Coverley, Merlin. (©2001, 2010, 2018) Psychogeography, Harpenden: Oldcastle Books.
  • Herr, Michael. (1989) Dispatches, London: Hodder and Stoughton.
  • Krakauer, Jon. (1998) Into the wild, London: Macmillan.
  • Amy Liptrot. (2016) The Outrun, Edinburgh: Canongate Books.
  • Waugh, Evelyn. (2003) Scoop: a novel about journalists, London: Penguin.
  • Jan Morris. (2002) Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere: Faber & Faber.
  • Peter Bradshaw. (2015-12-04) 'The Revenant review – gut-churningly brutal, beautiful storytelling', in Guardian.
  • Charlie Brooker. (2010-10-15) 'Charlie Brooker: Why I'm calling time on Screen Burn', in Guardian.
  • Self, Will; Macfarlane, Robert. (June 25, 2012) 'The Road Less Travelled', in The Big Issue. (1006) , pp.18-23

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 Assignment 1 (3,000 words) 06/01/2020 45%
Coursework Group project (up to 5000 words per student) - Submissions both on FASER and to the General Office 24/04/2020 50%
Practical Participation 5%

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr James Canton
LiFTS General Office - email liftstt@essex.ac.uk. Telephone 01206 872626

 

Availability
No
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External examiner

Dr James Michael Miller
Kingston University
Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 40 hours, 40 (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).

 

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