GELH2000 / ENGB212 – Creativity and Writing: English for a Global Readership
|Suggested Year of Study:||2 to 4|
Department of English
In this course students learn to express themselves creatively in their own words. While the main emphasis is on story making, students experience a range of creative texts (including stories, poems, songs and films), as models for their own imaginative work. Students will learn to write simple texts in key creative genres: for instance the poem, the story and life writing (biography and autobiography).
Learning to tell and write stories, individually and in groups, students gain confidence in expressing themselves and in constructing a narrative basis for points of view. Working from lecture to discussion mode, class time is largely devoted to understanding how simple stories work and to practising basic techniques of storytelling. Group work, in-class performance and publication are important aspects of this practical, text-making course. Reading and homework assignments set from week to week challenge the student to create engaging work in the form of a story, from memory and experience. Assessment is by individual portfolio including an agreed combination of individual and group work in different genres.
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
- Understand key features of and differences between genres of Creative Writing;
- Understand how a story works and how to make one. Be able to hold a story in one’s head, tell it and put it down on paper;
- Know how to work with others to make simple texts together (especially stories and short poems, like haiku);
- Understand what does not work in a text under construction as a problem (or set of problems) to be solved by asking the right questions;
- Understand the difference between the work of making a creative text and the work of interpreting one;
- Be able to adapt ideas from existing works in order to create an original one (thus understanding how not to plagiarise);
- Be able, as a maker and appreciator of creative texts, to understand their ethical investments (for instance in the truth or ‘conviction’ a story presents);
- Be able to identify the cultural (and cross-cultural) specificity of creative texts (and how these may for instance embody, or challenge, the proverbial wisdom of particular cultures).