Creative Writing Summer School CRWRT1001

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 15
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This short, intensive course explores the critical and creative crafts and techniques of writing through intensive writing workshops and complements this learning with Masterclass seminars given by a writer who is active in the literary scene through publication or performance, or a talk by an industry professional involved in editing, publishing or agenting.


9 x 2  hour masterclasses (mix of seminar/lecture) ; 7 x 2 hour workshop sessions; one one-to-one tutorial; plus one field trip weekly over three weeks.

Requirements of Entry

This course is only available to students taking part in the International Summer School.

Excluded Courses



Creative Writing portfolio (3,000 words) - 80%

reflective piece of writing (800 words) - 20%

(word counts are for prose; equivalences for poetry and hybrid forms to be agreed with tutor)

Main Assessment In: August

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ familiarise participants with the techniques and methodologies of creative writing;

■ develop in students the skills required to participate effectively in a peer-critique process;

■ enable students to apply this learning to their own writing through a portfolio;

■ learn from industry professionals about the mechanisms of sending work out into the world.


Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ evaluate the roles of perspective, voice, style and character in the genre of writing the student is writing;

■ appraise the structural and formal elements of writing and apply these in their own writing;

■ assess their own creative process while putting it in a larger and relevant context of creative practice.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.