From inspiration to execution: how do you write fiction that engages a reader?
- Offered to 2nd Years
- Mondays 16.00-18.00
- Planned delivery: On campus (South Kensington)
- 2-term module worth 5 ECTS
- Available to eligible students as part of I-Explore
- Extra Credit, or Degree Credit where your department allows
This module in creative writing will teach you to develop and refine your skills as a creative writer. The module allows you to explore your expressive potential as a writer and to boost confidence in your own imaginative powers.
You will explore the creative process in workshops using short stories, other fiction and essays. You will be encouraged to make creative use of your own scientific knowledge. You will be encouraged to draw upon your imagination within a structured and supportive framework, to produce writing that is both technically accomplished and capable of engaging readers.
On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate skills as a creative writer, including how to create convincing characters, settings and storyworlds, how to handle point-of-view, time and plot and how to discover and hone your individual voice as a writer.
- Develop and engage your critical faculties through discussion and analysis of short stories and other writing, and use these critical faculties to produce constructive feedback.
- Reflect critically on EITHER the link between STEMM, creativity and empathy, OR the personal past and future creative journey.
Indicative core content
- Term 1 will consist of interactive lectures, discussions, and in-class exercises. Each weekly seminar will focus on a particular aspect of the craft of creative writing centred around the required reading.
- Term 2 seminars will take the form of a workshop as our focus moves from technical concepts, writing exercises and the published work of other writers towards analysing and improving your own creative writing.
Learning and teaching approach
- Exploratory piece of fiction - 1,500–2,000 words (30%)
- Complete short story - 2,500-3000 words (50%)
- Short critical essay - 700 words (10%)
- Class participation (10%)
- Contribution to class discussion
- Active engagement in class exercises
- Timely submission for workshop
- Evidence of attentive reading of workshop material
- Peer review: provision of constructive feedback on colleagues’ workshop submissions
- Requirements: You are expected to attend all classes and undertake approximately 85 hours of independent study in total during the module. Independent study includes reading and preparation for classes, researching and writing coursework assignments and preparing for other assessments.
- This module is designed as an undergraduate Level 5 module. For an explanation of levels, view the Imperial Horizons Level Descriptors page.
"The content is perfect for all levels and backgrounds of creative writing. The pace and variety of exercises is excellent. I particularly like the opportunity for open discussion. The homework is manageable and the feedback excellent."
"The class is very interesting, a really good change from science all week…. I look forward to Monday afternoon Horizons."