LITT07011 2017 Writing and Practice 4

General Details

Full Title
Writing and Practice 4
Transcript Title
Writing & Practice 4
Code
LITT07011
Attendance
80 %
Subject Area
LITT - Literature
Department
COMP - Computing & Creative Practices
Level
07 - NFQ Level 7
Credit
15 - 15 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2017 - Full Academic Year 2017-18
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Mr. John Kelleher, Tom Weir, Rhona Trench, Una Mannion
Programme Membership
SG_HWRIT_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Writing and Literature
Description

This module is an introduction to the writing of poetry, flash-fiction and other economical pieces of writing. We will look at the work of published authors and generate new work. Class will consist of mini-lectures, discussions, writing exercises and workshops, focusing on the elements of poetry and flash-fiction. Economy of practice and revision will be emphasised in creating concise effective texts.

 

Learning Outcomes

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

1.

Produce poems and flash-fiction applying principles of economy and efficiency

2.

Apply devices of figurative language and sound in poetry and flash-fiction

3.

Control word choices and word order to create a particular mood or tone in a work of poetry or flash fiction

4.

Critique works in progress and revise and edit

5.

Give public reading and identify publication methods for publication

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This is a workshop which develops opportunities for students to learn in student-centered environment. Teaching and learning strategies will combine, seminar, mini-lectures, discussion and student presentations.

 

Module Assessment Strategies

The assessment strategy in this module encourages different modes of production and performance. Learners will contribute micro-fiction pieces (poems, flash and other modes) through ongoing tasks and assignements (30%). Learners will organise a reading of work in a public venue and consider other avenues of having work published through journals and competitions (30%). Finally, students will submit a portfolio of work at the end of term that has been critiqued, revised and edited (40%).

 

Repeat Assessments

repeat project

Indicative Syllabus

Introduction to Poetry: What makes it poetry? Line breaks. Figurative language and imagery. Sound—rhythm, meter, rhyme. Free vs. form.

Line breaks: How line affects rhythm and sound. White space. Emotional impact.

Figurative Language & Imagery:—metaphor, simile, personification, onomatopoeia, synesthesia. Finding images. Bringing images to life.

Sound: Rhythm. Meter. Rhyme. Repetition. Alliteration. Assonance. Consonance.

Classic Forms: Sonnet. Sestina. Villanelle. Pantoum. Haiku. Haibun. Apostrophe. Narrative.

Contemporary Forms: Prose poem. Found poetry. Persona. Ekphrasis. Narrative.

Voice: Voice defined. Types of voice and vision. Finding your voice. Style. Digging deeper.

Revision: Stages of revision. Techniques for testing your work. The art of reduction. Knowing when it's done.

Publication and the Poetry Scene: Finding homes for your work. The submission process. Participating in the poetry scene.

Flash-Fiction Introduction

 

Conventional plot-based storytelling

 

Slice-of-life or ‘formless’ storytelling

 

Experimenting with different narrative voices

 

Applying principles of economy and efficiency to create a tight and effective piece of writing

 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Short assignments Continuous Assessment Assignment 30 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4
2 Reading performance Continuous Assessment Performance Evaluation 30 % Week 10 1,2,3,4,5
3 Portfoli of Micro-Fiction Continuous Assessment Assignment 40 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Seminar/Workshop 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 5.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Letters to a Young Poet
by Rainer Maria Rilke

The Poet's Companion: A Gui... The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry
by Kim Addonizio

The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop
by Diane Lockward

The Triggering Town: Lectures and Essays on Poetry and Writing
by Richard Hugo

In the Palm of Your Hand: A Poet's Portable Workshop
by Steve Kowit

The Practice of Poetry: Writing Exercises From Poets Who Teach
by Robin Behn (Editor)

A Poetry Handbook
by Mary Oliver

The Art of the Poetic Line
by James Longenbach

The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms
by Mark Strand

The Poetry Home Repair Manual: Practical Advice for Beginning Poets
by Ted Kooser

Wingbeats: Exercises and Practice in Poetry
by Scott Wiggerman (Editor)

Best Words, Best Order: Essays on Poetry
by Stephen Dobyns

The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within
by Stephen Fry


Writing Flash Fiction: How to Write Very Short Stories and Get Them Published
by Carly Berg

The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field
by Tara L. Masih (Editor)

Creating Short Fiction: The Classic Guide to Writing Short Fiction
by Damon Knight

 

URL Resources

http://www.poetryireland.ie

http://irishwriterscentre.ie/