Creative Writing Fiction ENGLIT4119

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course examines creative prose from a writer's perspective, emphasising form, structure and narrative techniques. Immersion in a process of peer-critique and critical analysis of sample texts gives participants the opportunity to develop the skills required to write sophisticated and focused creative fiction.


1 x 2hr session per week over ten weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.  This will be split into 5 x 1hr seminars and fifteen hours of workshops.


This is one of the Honours options in English Literature and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Available to Junior Honours students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into English Literature, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes who qualify under the University's 25% regulation.

Excluded Courses

ENGLIT4079 Creative Writing Fiction

ENGLIT4080 and ENGLIT4120 Creative Writing Hybrid Forms

ENGLIT4081 and ENGLIT4121 Creative Writing Poetry


Portfolio of creative writing (4000 words): 90%

Workshop and seminar contributions: 10%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

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:

■ understand the methodologies of writing fiction

■ study narrative techniques at an introductory level

■ gain the ability to employ narrative perspective and voice

■ develop an assured understanding of narrative structure and form

■ acquire the analytical and linguistic tools for assessment and criticism.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ articulate a sophisticated knowledge of narrative technique and apply this in their own writing

■ evaluate the roles of perspective, voice, and character in contemporary fiction

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

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

■ reflect constructively on the work of self and others in a workshop context.

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.