LITT08010 2017 Writing and Practice 5

General Details

Full Title
Writing and Practice 5
Transcript Title
Writing & Practice 5
Code
LITT08010
Attendance
80 %
Subject Area
LITT - Literature
Department
COMP - Computing & Creative Practices
Level
08 - NFQ Level 8
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 creative nonfiction. Students will read and write across a broad range of prose works including personal essays, profiles, travel writing, nature and environmental writing, journalism, narrative essays, observational or descriptive essays, general-interest technical writing, argumentative or idea-based essays, social criticism, general-interest criticism, as well as cultural and literary journalism. Students consider accuracy and fact versus fiction as they utilise creative means to express factual content.

 

Learning Outcomes

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

1.

Demonstrate understanding of the processes and methods involved in the creation of nonfictional writing

2.

Conduct primary research for nonfiction writing

3.

Self-edit and critique the work of others

4.

Produce appropriately structured and formulated pieces of nonfictional writing in at least three different forms or genres

5.

Develop and demonstrate ethical and reflective practice in the production of nonfiction texts

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The teachng and learning strategy in this module is varied and includes mini-lectures, seminar discussion, presentaiton of work and critique.

Module Assessment Strategies

The assessment strategy in this module is to give learners opportunities to start writing across multiple disciplines.

Early Drafts of Brief Essays: 30%

Workshop Participation and response to reading (work of peers and assigned reading): 30%

Final Portfolio: 40%

 

Repeat Assessments

repeat project assigned

Indicative Syllabus

Introduction to creative non-fiction

What is narrative or creative nonfiction?

 The New Journalism

 Fnding a subject 

The essay

 Reporting

 Conducting Interviews

 Immersion journalism vs. recreation of scenes

 Social critique/activism

 Memoir

 Travel writing

 Environmental writing

 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Brief essasys/articles Continuous Assessment Assignment 30 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
2 Workshop participation/response Continuous Assessment Performance Evaluation 30 % OnGoing 1,3,5
3 Portfolio of three genres Continuous Assessment Assignment 40 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Workshop 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

The Dublin Review

The Irish Times

The Paris Review

Harpers

Baldwin, James. Notes of a Native Son (collection of essays by noted African-American writer)

Capote, Truman. In Cold Blood

Didion, Joan. The Year of Magical Thinking

DuBois, W.E. B. The Souls of Black Folk. A classic meditation on race in America.

Ehrenreich, Barbara. Nickeled and Dimed

Fadiman, Anne. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down.

Fuller, Alexandra. Don’t Let’s Go To The Dogs Tonight

Hampl, Patricia. I Could Tell You Stories.

Hersey, John. Hiroshima.

Karr, Mary. The Liar’s Club.

Kincaid, Jamaica. A Small Place.

Kingsolver, Barbara. High Tide in Tucson

Kingston, Maxine Hong. China Men and The Woman Warrior.

Maathai, Wangari. Unbowed.

McPhee, John. Coming Into the Country.

Nabokov, Vladimir. Speak, Memory.

Skloot, Rebecca. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

Sullivan, John Jeremiah. Pulphead: Essays. Farrar, Strays & Giroux, 2011

Wallace, David Foster. Consider the Lobsters.

Wolff, Tobias. This Boy’s Life. Remembrances of a boyhood, abusive stepfather.

Wright, Richard. Black Boy. African-American boyhood and politics.