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Writing Without Limits

Duration 10 weekly meetings
Tutor Rachel Smith
Course code CRW21A5461A
Fee £175
Concessionary fee £140 (find out about eligibility and funding options)
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Designed for anyone who has completed one of our introductory writing courses, such as Starting to Write and Continuing to Write, or if you simply want to improve your writing skills further, this course provides you with the opportunity to learn more about the craft and gain more confidence in writing skills.

You will be taught in a predominantly workshop environment, along with some lectures and discussion.

The course is intended to enable you to continue writing and gain confidence in sharing your writing with others. Advanced level input will be provided in order for you to further progress. Fiction writing, script writing and poetry will all be explored during the sessions

Learning and teaching

The module will be delivered through ten two-hour sessions, made up of lectures, class discussions, small group work and debates. Class sessions will be supplemented by resources available to students via Learning Central.

The syllabus will comprise of a variety of

  • advanced exercises
  • reading and analysis of texts
  • tutor-led discussion
  • the sharing of student work.

You will be able to explore genres such as

  • micro-fiction
  • the short story
  • the novel
  • poetry
  • screenwriting, playwriting and audio-drama.

Sessions will also be informed by students’ interests, with the intention of encouraging students to push their writing abilities to the next level.

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 most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods 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.

You will complete a creative writing portfolio and write reflectively about your own process. The portfolio will be around 1500 words in length.

Reading suggestions

Students may find the following texts useful as introductions:

  • The Idea – The Seven Elements of A Viable Story For Screen, Stage Or Fiction by Erik Bork
  • Into The Woods, by John Yorke
  • The Art of Dramatic Writing by Lajos Egri
  • How To Be A Writer by Barbara Baig

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.

Accessibility

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.

Location

21-23 Senghennydd Road
Cathays
Cardiff
CF24 4AG