LITT06002 2017 Writing and Practice 1

General Details

Full Title
Writing and Practice 1
Transcript Title
Writing and Practice 1
80 %
Subject Area
LITT - Literature
COMP - Computing & Creative Practices
06 - NFQ Level 6
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2017 - Full Academic Year 2017-18
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Una Mannion
Programme Membership
SG_HWRIT_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Writing and Literature SG_HWRIT_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Writing and Literature SG_HWLIT_H08 202000 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Writing and Literature

This module is an introduction to writing practice. Learners will be exposed to and practice writing in multiple forms:  life writing, article writing, and fiction. The module will focus on the elements of style, avoiding cliché and finding a strong narrative voice regardless of genre. Consideration will be given to how elements of fictional storytelling (character, plot, dialogue, language) are integral to other writing practices. Activities include in-class writing, workshop, technique-specific practices, reading, group discussion, and more.





Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


understand and apply the conventions of writing craft


apply varied techniques of writing non-fiction and fiction


critique writing and receive critique constructively


revise writing in terms of both language and concepts


prepare a portfolio of original texts that represent a range of writing formats (approx. 3000 words total)

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This is a workshop environment both teacher and learner led. The visiting writer will provide guidance and techniques and learners will be encouraged to share feedback and critique. Through reading, writing, discussion and writer led presentations, learners will participate in a varied and vibrant learning environment.


Module Assessment Strategies

Assessment strategy is 100% continuous assessment and designed to help learners maximise writing opportunities and to give and receive feedback to work towards revision. Learners will submit multiple forms of written work over the term and submit a final portfolio representative of their writing process over the semester.

Repeat Assessments


Learners who fail the module will be provided with the opportunity to repeat the assessment



Indicative Syllabus

Introduction to Writing Practice

Elements of Style - Students introduced to technical aspects of writing with emphasis on clarity, avoiding cliché and other techniques of good writing. Use of detail and building authority of voice in writing.

Narratives - Students will look at how narrative and storytelling are integral to all writing forms. Emphasis will be on use of storytelling and narrative in non-fiction and other forms of writing

Story and plot- Use of story arc, examination of plot elements in different writing formats

Point of View – exploration of point of view in narrative including first, second and third person point of views. The relationship between point of view and the world created. Use of unreliable narrators.

Characters – how to build character through gesture and action

Dialogue – use of dialogue in building characters and world. Use of dialogue in non-fiction. When to use dialogue to reveal character

Memoir – life writing and fictional strategies in writing memoir

Fact and Fiction – discussion of accuracy in non-fiction and the line between fiction and non-fiction

Being Edited and Editing – macro and micro editing. Self-editing and revision of work.


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Writing Submission 1 Continuous Assessment Assignment 10 % Week 3 1,2,3,4
2 Writing Submission 2 Continuous Assessment Assessment 15 % Week 6 1,2,3,4
3 Writing Submission 3 Continuous Assessment Assignment 15 % Week 9 1,2,3,4
4 Portfolio Continuous Assessment Assessment 60 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Workshop Flat Classroom Writing Practice Workshop 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources


Burroway, Janet. Imaginative Writing: The Elements of Craft: Pearson, 2014.

Gutkind, Lee. The Art of Creative Nonfiction: Writing and Selling the Literature of Reality. Wiley, 1997

Kidder, Tracy and Richard Todd. Good prose: The Art of Non-Fiction. Random House, 2013

King, Stephen. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (10th edition)

Lamott, Anne. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. Anchor, 1995.

Laopte, Phillip. To Show and To Tell, Free Press, 2013.

Lapote, Phillip. The Art of the Personal Essay. Doubleday Anchor, 1994.

Miller, Brenda and Suzanne Paola. Tell it Slant: Creating, Refining and Publishing Creative Non-Fiction, 2nd edition, 2012.