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Research for Writing


Research for Writing (convened by Dr Rochelle Sibley)

This module for MA in Writing students focuses on how research and creative writing stand side by side, whether you’re writing fiction, poetry or non-fiction. It gives practical guidance on:
• academic literature searches
• checking your sources
• identifying electronic sources for writers
• research facilities available after leaving the university

The module uses collaborative workshops to create open discussions about the role of research in creative writing and will give opportunities to experience it first-hand. These sessions will also offer practical support for the MAW programme, such as how to write the reflective pieces for MA assessment. The Writing Centre aims to encourage students to locate, incorporate and respond to different forms of sources, both textual and otherwise, in their writing, and to explore different methods of communicating that research.

The module teaching takes place on Wednesdays 13:00-15:00 in Weeks 7-9 in Term 1 and Weeks 3 and 6 in Term 2. These sessions will be led by Rochelle Sibley and by the English subject librarian, Kate Courage, with additional support from Warwick Writing Programme colleagues.

Session 1 (Week 7, Term 1): Research in creative writing (1.5 hours) Room TBC
This session covers the uses and function of research in creative writing, as well as outlining the first formative assignment, and will be co-taught with members of the Creative Writing team.

Session 2 (Week 8, Term 1): Identifying research sources for writers (1.5 hours) Room TBC
This Library-based session will explore electronic research sources available to students during and after their degree, which will help you research topics for your writing. This session will be led by the English subject librarian, Kate Courage.

Session 3 (Week 9, Term 1): Researching for your writing (1.5 hours) Room TBC
This Library-based session will allow you to share and gain support with your approach to research so far. This session will be led by the English subject librarian, Kate Courage.

Session 4 (Week 10, Term 1): Writing reflective assignments (1.5 hours) Room TBC

This session focuses on the reflective elements of many of the MA in Writing modules, and will be co-taught with a member of the Creative Writing team.

Session 5 (Week 3, Term 2): Communicating research (2 hours) [Room TBC]

This session discusses the different ways in which research can be communicated creatively, thinking about different media and the aims of the piece of writing itself.

Formative assignment for Research for Writing

The Research for Writing provision requires students to complete one short assignment.

This is a 1,000 word formative referencing assignment whose bibliography is annotated. This assignment can be EITHER a 1000-word reflective assignment on the texts that have most influenced the student OR a 1000-word report on the student's area of research with references to the sources that have been used. NB: the annotated bibliography is not included within the word count.

Both versions of this assignment will be assessed according to the accurate use of MLA or MHRA referencing (marked by Rochelle Sibley). The annotated bibliography (marked by Kate Courage), will be assessed according to your selection of sources and demonstration of appropriate search methods.

  • You need to use a variety of relevant catalogues, databases and/or reference works. You should include at least 2 sources found through the Library’s resources. You may include some freely available sources, provided they are reliable enough for your purposes.
  • For each entry, you should give a brief statement (2-3 sentences) of why you have chosen to include that resource.
  • You should add a separate list of the catalogues / databases / search engines you used to compile the bibliography and of the search terms you used to search them.

This assignment must be submitted on Tabula by 12 noon on Monday Week 1, Term 2

This assignment is marked as Pass/Fail. If you receive a Fail, you will receive appropriate feedback and will be required to resubmit. The award of an MA is contingent upon successful completion of the assessments for this module.