LITT07022 2019 Writing and Practice 4

General Details

Full Title
Writing and Practice 4
Transcript Title
Writing and Practice 4
80 %
Subject Area
LITT - Literature
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
07 - NFQ Level 7
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Mr. John Kelleher, Tom Weir, Rhona Trench, Una Mannion
Programme Membership
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 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;


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


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


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


Critique works in progress and revise and edit


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

End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
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