Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
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In this centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War, this course will look at the theme of ‘remembrance’ through creative writing. Over the ten weeks, you will explore various art forms that have been created in remembrance of a person or a people and you will be given the opportunity to respond with your own acts of tribute in writing. You will accumulate a portfolio of written portraits, dedications, anecdotes and memorial, in both poetry and prose, which honours people that have impacted upon your life, and which creates vivid testimony to their memory.
The syllabus will cover the following topics:
- Art in remembrance – the impulse to create in the face of loss.
- Writing as legacy – creating lasting meaningful testimony to a person or people.
- Memoir and Life Writing – memories and anecdotes attached to a particular person or group of people.
- Poetic tributes – capturing the essence of a person or people through poetry.
- Style and language in remembrance-themed writing.
- Context and form in remembrance-themed writing.
- Using research to create a written portrait of someone not personally known.
- The creative process as it relates to writing as act of remembrance.
Who is this course for?
Anyone who has not yet started to write as well as those who are more experienced. The class will involve presentation, lively discussion and feedback.
Learning and Teaching
Learning and teaching are undertaken by means of small group work. This is a 10-credit course, so there will be two-hour meetings once a week (20 contact hours in all) which will include discussions, exercises (optional), craft lectures and workshops. The aim is ensure that the classes are enjoyable and stimulating for all. You will be expected to write in your own private time, with the guidance of your tutor, and to learn about revision, while at the same time becoming familiar with the fundamental concepts of creative writing.
Coursework and Assessment
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.
The basis of assessment will be a portfolio (c.1500 words) that comprises of written portraits, dedications, anecdotes and memorials, in both poetry and prose that pays tribute to those people that have impacted upon the course of the writer’s life. These original creative works will be accompanied by a personal reflection on the process and practice of producing their remembrance-themed writing, acknowledging language, style, form, and context.
Your work will be assessed by your tutor, who will offer you written reports which we hope you will find constructive. The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are flexible and are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.
The course tutor will suggest titles, as appropriate.
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on
(029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.