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Postgraduate Course: Elements of Fiction One: Angles of Incidence (Distance Learning) (ENLI11165)

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 online seminars (webinars), online workshops (writing forums) and individual consultations. Webinars will focus on theoretical and reflective exploration of key topics and tailored writing assignments will be set. 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. At the end of the year, students will 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 ( Online Activities 105, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 25, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 262 )
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
Webinars(monthly, October-June); submission of a folio of creative work at the end of the year
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus 1. The Hook and the Line: Openings
2. Sudden Illumination: Flash Fiction
3 Thinking Beyond the Frame: Aspects of the Short Story
4. People on the Page: Character
5. The Uses and Functions of Speech
6. Spirit of Place: Locality or Location?
7. Did it Really Happen? Autobiography to Fiction
8. Angles of Incidence: Point(s) of View
9. The Webs we Weave: Narrative Threads
10. Strata and Sub-strata: Image, Metaphor and Symbol
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Note : A range of online materials will be also be available from September 2012.

Auster, Paul, The Red Notebook
Bauer, Douglas, The Stuff of Fiction
Brande, Dorothea, Becoming a Writer
Boylan, Clare,(ed) The Agony and the Ego: The Art and Strategy of Fiction Writing Explained
Carver, Raymond, Fires: Essays, Poems, Stories
Cox, Ailsa, Writing Short Stories
Earnshaw, Steven(ed) The Handbook of Creative Writing, Edinburgh University Press, 2007.
Egri, Lejos, The Art of Dramatic Writing
Gardner, John, The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers
Grenville, Kate, The Writing Book: A workbook for fiction writers
Goldberg, Natalie, Writing Down The Bones: Freeing the Writer Within
King, Stephen, On Writing:A Memoir of the Craft
Morley, David, The Cambridge Introduction to Creative Writing
Olmstead, Robert, Elements of the Writing Craft
Prince, Gerard, Dictionary of Narratology
Shapard, Robert and Thomas, James(eds) New Sudden Fiction International
Smiley Jane (intro), Writers on Writing: More Collected Essays from the New York Times: 2
Wood, James, How Fiction Works
Woolf, Virginia and Woolf, Leonard, A Writer's Diary, Being extracts from the Diary of Virginia Woolf
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Keywordscreative writing, distance learning, fiction
Course organiserMs Dilys Rose
Course secretaryMiss Sophie Bryan
Tel: 01316503030
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