LITT08014 2019 Writing and Practice 5

General Details

Full Title
Writing and Practice 5
Transcript Title
Writing and Practice 5
80 %
Subject Area
LITT - Literature
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
08 - NFQ Level 8
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
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 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;


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


Conduct primary research for nonfiction writing


Self-edit and critique the work of others


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


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


 Conducting Interviews

 Immersion journalism vs. recreation of scenes

 Social critique/activism


 Travel writing

 Environmental writing


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
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


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.