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Postgraduate Course: Elements of Fiction Two: Building Up, Cutting Away (Distance Learning) (ENLI11163)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits40
Home subject areaEnglish Literature Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course consists of monthly, synchronous online seminars (webinars), online workshops (writing forums) and individual student/tutor consultations. Webinars will focus on theoretical and reflective exploration of key topics and tailored writing assignments will be set. Asynchronous, tutor- hosted writing forums will take place three times per year. Each will last for twelve days. Students will present and critique work in progress by their peers. Students will also consult five times per annum with a writing tutor and at the end of the year, submit 10,000 words of prose fiction for assessment.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Essential Course Texts
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Full Year, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 370 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By its conclusion, all participants should have a clear idea of what to expect, what is expected of them and to be comfortable using the relevant technology.In synchronous webinars, students will be encouraged to consider through reading, discussion and tailored writing assignments, specific elements of fiction and how these might effectively play a part in the integrated whole, whether this be flash fiction, a short story, a novella or novel. Though all the component parts of a fictional text are co-dependent, for practical purposes webinars will focus on different aspects of fiction in order to learn how best they might be developed and employed.
Assessment Information
10,000 words of prose fiction
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Wk 11. Focus versus Scope: The Novella
12. Linked Stories/Novels in Stories
13. Structures (s) Building up/Cutting Away
14. Pacing, Placing and Time Management
15. Mood, Tone and Atmosphere
16. Two Heads: Collaboration and Co-Authorship
17. An Old, Old Story: Retellings
18. What You Don't Know, Find Out: Research for fiction
19. Reeling in: Endings
20. Reinstating the Comma: Editing and Proofreading
Transferable skills Students will learn to identify and summarise key structural, thematic and linguistic components of a literary text, to synthesise a range of responses to the work, and to compose and structure a coherent and relevant argument. These skills are applicable, in part, to a wide range of written material.
Reading list Note : an additional list of relevant durable urls is currently in development. A range of online materials will be available from September 2012.

Bell, James Scott, Revision and Self-Editing
Bell, Madison Smartt, Narrative Design: A Writer┐s Guide to Structure
Blake, Carole, From Pitch to Publication
Booker, Christopher, Seven Basic Plots
Braine, John, How to Write a Novel Write
Browne & King, Self-Editing for Fiction Writers
de Groot, Jerome, The Historical Novel
Carter, Angela, The Bloody Chamber
Forster, E.M., Aspects of the Novel
Hoffman, Ann, Research for Writers
Kaplan, David, Revising: A Creative Approach to Writing Fiction
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Keywordscreative writing, online learning, fiction
Course organiserMs Dilys Rose
Course secretaryMiss Sophie Bryan
Tel: 01316503030
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