Writing the City: Urban Places and Spaces in Creative Practice (Online Distance Learning) CRWRT5051

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

An advanced level practice-based creative writing course that enables students to develop their own original literary work in response to physical, textual and virtual urban environments. We contextualise ideas of the urban in writing through theories, practices and collaborative exploration of the possibilities of virtual space.


5 x 1hr seminars

6 x 2hr workshops

2 x 1hr lectures

2 x 30-minute tutorials


Scheduled over two weeks as an online summer course.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level


Portfolio: 4000 words of creative writing in response to virtual and urban environments studied on the course (80%)

Presentation: A 10-minute collaborative or individual presentation of practice as research work in progress exploring a specific virtual and/or urban site (20%)

Course Aims

This course aims to:


■ Identify key practice-based and theoretical frameworks of urban literature

■ Employ textual analysis of key works across genres including digital texts, memoir, experimental writing, poetry, hybrid forms, and art writing

■ Develop the practical skills of presenting and performing creative work in relation to space

■ Develop advanced editorial and peer critique skills of creative works in progress

■ Explore the possibilities of virtual environments for individual and collaborative practice as research

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


■ Analyse the role of physical and virtual places and spaces in informing literature relating to the urban environment

■ Evidence advanced skills in the composition, editing and presentation of original creative work

■ Employ advanced editorial input into creative works in progress across forms and genres

■ Design and plan an individual or collaborative practice as research project

■ Contextualise their own creative work in the wider field of creative and critical practice relating to urban and virtual environments

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.