Writing the City (Online Distance Learning) CRWRT1005

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 12
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

A practical, one-week creative writing course that enables students to develop their own original literary work in response to the urban environment including its virtual manifestations. We contextualise the writer in the city by examining such concepts as the literary flâneuse as urban explorer and the poetics of place, as well as exploring some of the narratives of the built environment and the ways in which the wild takes root in the city. Students learn about the wider context of urban and experimental writing through seminars, workshops and the production of literary non-fiction, fiction, poetry or hybrid work.


Over one teaching week:

5 x 1 hr online live seminar

5 x 2 hr online live workshop

1 x 0.5 hr online live tutorial

1 x 1hr lecture

Live sessions are delivered by Zoom and supported by a Moodle directing students to asynchronous support elements such as discussion forums and padlets.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses

CRWRT1022 Writing the City campus iteration




The portfolio assessment consists of one of more pieces of creative work (3000 words or equivalent for poetry or hybrid forms) plus critical commentary of 300 words: 100%

Main Assessment In: August

Course Aims

This course aims to:

Identify the concept of urban literature through reference to specific texts, authors and theories

Examine genres employed in urban writing e.g. memoir, experimental writing, poetry, hybrid forms

Develop the practical skills of close reading and workshop critique of creative works in progress

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

Describe and analyse the role of place in informing literature relating to the urban environment

Evidence skills in the composition of original creative work

Critique samples of creative work through close reading and discussion

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.