WRITE203-19T (HAM)

Special Topic: Inspiring Work

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Paper Description

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This intensive, workshop-based paper, taught by award-winning novelist Catherine Chidgey, examines the concept of inspiration as it applies to creative writing. Students will consider historical theories of artistic inspiration as well as the methods of practising writers. Thematic lectures around the central topic will address ritual and routine; memory and the muse; dreams and desire.
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Paper Structure

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Students will be guided through a variety of writing exercises designed to inspire their best original poetry and prose, and the work generated will be presented for constructive feedback during the twice-weekly workshop sessions. In addition, students will engage with a range of stimulating texts, including Emily Perkins’ novel The Forrests and Michael Chabon’s Wonder Boys.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • display an understanding of historical and modern concepts of creative inspiration.
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  • offer constructive and considered criticism of the creative writing of their peers.
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  • display familiarity with central concepts/components of creative writing, such as “show don’t tell”, dialogue, form, sound, rhythm, consistency of voice, abstract/general vs concrete/specific; and display an ability to explore these in their work.
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  • identify personal sources of inspiration through engagement with the writing exercises, the course reader and the set texts.
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  • develop, edit and proofread their work, demonstrating appropriate responses to constructive feedback.
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Please read the following assessment information very carefully. This is an intensive paper and there are strict requirements that must be met in order to pass.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Attendance/participation/submission
2. Seminar presentation
3. Poetry portfolio
29 Nov 2019
4:00 PM
4. Prose portfolio
20 Dec 2019
4:00 PM
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Two full-length novels will be addressed during the course:

Chabon, Michael, Wonder Boys (Fourth Estate)
ISBN 978-1-85702-405-0

Perkins, Emily, The Forrests (Bloomsbury)
ISBN 978-1-60819-677-7

The course reading list for Inspiring Work, which contains the poetry and prose extracts to be studied during the paper, is available online. No hard copy is required this year. You are expected to read all pieces, which appear in two sections - poetry and prose - in the order in which we address them in class.
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Online Support

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Twice-weekly writing exercises will be submitted via Moodle. There will be a submission point for each exercise, clearly marked.
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The expected workload for this paper is 18 hours per week (6 hours of teaching and 12 hours of self-directed study) throughout the 6-week semester.
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Restricted papers: WRIT260

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