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Mode: 1 group Face to Face; 1 group online
3 to 4:30
L0.11 (Library)
Seminars begin in Week One (8/10/2020)
Lucy Brydon

The module is aimed at second and third year students. The course will introduce students to contemporary screenwriting practice. There are no formal entry requirements. It introduces students to the principles of screenwriting craft and the current film climate in the UK.

New code for 2020-21: CW301

Old code: EN3C0

Advanced Screenwriting

Mode: 1 group Face to Face; 1 group online
11 to 1
Chancellor's 2
Seminars begin in Week One (8/10/2020)
Lucy Brydon

The module is aimed at final year students who must have already completed the Screenwriting module or have equivalent level of experience. The course will develop students’ existing screenwriting practice in new ways that equip them with industry-facing skills in script writing for TV and web series.

New codes for 2020-21: CW302 or CW303

Old code: EN393 or EN3H4

Game Theory: Interactive and Video Game Narratives (final year students only)


Gonzalo Garcia

This module will focus on studying the narrative traditions of video games, making connections between their basic origins in the 1970s to their contemporary presentations. We'll be looking at narrative design in games, and more specifically deal with theoretical questions of agency in digital storytelling, as well as issues like game violence (and non-violence), gender, politics and injustice.

Since this module is taught by The Writing Programme, the aim is to get started creating narrative games using principles taught in Creative Writing. Previous assignments include game prototypes using Twine, RPG Maker and Visual Novel makers, game scripts, game bibles, D&D modules, or develop critical writings about video games (essays, reviews, video reviews).

New code for 2020-21: CW311 or CW312

Old code: EN397 or EN3H7

Practice of Fiction

Mode: Face to Face
3 to 4:30 OR 5 to 6:30
G56 Millburn House
Seminars begin in Week One (6/10/2020). Groups TBC.
Convenor: Ian Sansom
Tim Leach (Term 1)
Ian Sansom (Term 2)

This is a module for third years of QP36 ‘English Literature and Creative Writing’ only. It is available only as a 100% fully assessed module. It proceeds in the form of writing workshops and seminars. Absence from these workshops will severely limit your capacity for achieving strong work.

New code for 2020-21: CW210 or CW317

Old code: EN236 or EN3B9

Personal Writing Project
Gonzalo Garcia

Supervisors will be assigned according to genre

Vocations which we wanted to pursue, but didn't, bleed, like colours, on the whole of our existence. - Honore de Balzac

Experience is never limited, and it is never complete; it is an immense sensibility, a kind of huge spider-web of the finest silken threads suspended in the chamber of consciousness, and catching every air-borne particle in its tissue. - Henry James

Here is the opportunity to pursue your vocation and explore just how right Henry James was about experience.

The Personal Writing Project is for final year students reading for the B.A. ‘English Literature and Creative Writing’. As with the optional module ‘Dissertation’, it is a fully assessed piece of independent, guided work to produce a substantial and original portfolio of either short fiction, an excerpt from a longer work of fiction, poetry, new writing for stage/screen, accompanied by a reflective and critical essay on the aims and processes involved.

The module enables creative writers to work closely with a practitioner in a specific genre for two terms, allowing the student to specialise at a crucial time of their development as a writer. Students who take a longer, independent project usually develop strong abilities in allied academic fields in a more independent and self-confident manner.

The Personal Writing Project is especially useful for students who seriously intend a career as a professional writer or are considering a post-graduate degree in creative writing.

For poets it should be viewed as preparation for submission for an Eric Gregory Award and/or the basis of your first collection.

New code for 2020-21: CW318 or CW319

Old code: EN329 or EN3E3

Poetry in English since 1945

Mode: Face to Face
10 to 12 OR 12:30 to 14:30
G56 Millburn House
Seminars begin in Week One (6/10/2020). Groups TBC.
Michael Hulse

The module provides a critical overview of some of the main currents and writers of poetry in English worldwide since the end of the Second World War. It covers a broad range of formal and linguistic approaches, a variety of poetics, and very different understandings of the relation of poetry in the period to belief, to society, to cultural dynamics, to the sense of self, and to thought. Evolving beyond the heyday of Modernism, poetry has used language from the plain to the intellectually dense, from high to demotic or dialect; it has found subject matter in religion and myth, in history and in the contemporary scene, in the nature of self and affect, in the natural and the man-made worlds, and in the paradoxes of the act of writing itself. Poetry has honoured its age-old debts to society but at the same time has insisted more radically than ever before on its autonomy. The module emphasizes that important poetry in English now originates from many places in the English-speaking world, not only in the traditional centres of the UK and the US.

New code for 2020-21: CW320 or CW321

Old code: EN331 or EN3E5

Reeling and Writhing

Mode: Face to Face (Term 1)
2.30 to 4:40 OR 5 to 7
G56 Millburn House
Seminars begin in Week One (7/10/2020). Groups TBC.
Michael Hulse

This module, which is centred upon the experience of occidental cultures, aims to encourage an understanding that both the making and the reception of literary texts (and other artworks) are inseparable from deep cultural currents and trans-national responses to religion, myth and history. It hopes to deepen and intensity students' familiarity, critically but especially through practice, with one of the key aspects of all literary work: intertextual writing. Cultural and in particular literary production will be examined in relation to human strategies of myth-making. Students will become literate in the means by which mythologies are constructed, and will find ways of deploying their analytical skills in the making of new texts. The module is a writing module and aims primarily at generating and enhancing skills in the construction of texts. Inseparably from that, it aims also to reinforce skills in close reading, deconstruction of rhetorical strategies, and awareness of cultural and historical contexts and cross-national comparative dimensions. Students will be required to create intertextually-conceived writings in poetry and to make manifest the thinking behind their work. It is in the nature of the material studied that some may potentially appear offensive to a modern sensibility.

New code for 2020-21: CW206 or CW310

Old code: EN273 or EN3D3

Representative Additional English Department Modules:

*Please see the English website for full list of available modules

The Seventeenth Century

Modern American Poetry
The English Country House
US Writing and Culture 1780-1920
Romantic and Victorian Poetry

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