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Novel Writing Workshop

Duration 10 weekly meetings
Tutor Rachel Dawson
Course code CRW23A4674A
Fee £186
Concessionary fee £148 (find out about eligibility and funding options)

50-51 Park Place
CF10 3AT

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This is a course for anyone who wants to write a book that could end up sitting in a bookshop one day.

You will be guided by a professional author who will help you understand the components that make a novel 'unputdownable' and ensure your readers are enthralled.

Looking at all genres of contemporary full-length fiction, this course will take you right through the novel-writing process, as well as offering guidance in the all-important art of attracting an agent and/or publisher.

This course is intended both for beginners and more experienced writers and takes place in a supportive and conducive environment. The course tutor is a highly successful published writer and will offer you plenty of guidance and encouragement.

If you are committed to writing that book, prepare to be challenged and inspired.

Learning and teaching

Learning and teaching are undertaken by means of small group work. This is a 10-credit course, so there will be 10, two-hour meetings, once a week (20 contact hours in total). These sessions 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. There will be no formal examinations.

You will be encouraged to write and read examples of your own work to your fellow class members and to comment on their work in turn, in the process sharpening your critical skills.

The form your writing takes is for you to decide but your tutor will offer you advice and, depending at what level you are studying, work out a scheme of study with you which is intended to bring out the best in you.

The basis of assessment will be a portfolio of creative writing consisting of your best work produced on this module.

This portfolio may consist of several separate creative pieces or one piece of extended writing, by prior agreement with the tutor.

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.

Reading suggestions

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’s library and computing facilities. Find out more about using these facilities.


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.