Independent Creative Writing Project

The details
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
31 March 2022


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),
MLITQ392 Creative Writing,
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,
MLITQ394 Drama and Scriptwriting,
BA WW80 Drama and Creative Writing,
BA WW81 Drama and Creative Writing (Including Foundation Year),
BA WW82 Drama and Creative Writing (including Placement Year),
BA WW83 Drama and Creative Writing (including Year Abroad)

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

Anticipated teaching delivery: Combination of 1-hour lectures, tutorials and specialist skills sessions


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Formative presentation     0% 
Coursework   Creative Project (5,000 words) & Commentary (2,500 words)    100% 
Coursework   Field of Interest (100-300 words)     
Coursework   Proposal     
Coursework   Outline and bibliography     

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

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 Eleanor Perry
University of Kent
Lecturer in Creative Writing (Poetry)
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

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