Creative Writing as Spiritual Reflection: Models, Methods and Practice TRS1034E

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course will enable and support the use of creative writing as a means of theological reflection upon personal, spiritual and contemporary cultural experience. Each week participants will engage with key texts, undertake writing exercises, produce their own creative writing and share their work within small online groups. The ethos of the course will be supportive, participatory and require the engaged, respectful participation of all members.


8 x 2 hour lectures over 8 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





1 x 1250-word piece of creative writing (60%)

1 x 750-word critical reflective commentary (40%)

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Provide a supportive environment in which participants will develop their own writing practice.

■ Consider various models of theological reflection upon personal, spiritual and contemporary cultural issues through creative writing.

■ Critically engage with key texts on theological reflection through creative writing.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Produce their own examples of creative writing.

■ Employ various models of theological reflection in their creative writing.

■ Reflect on a number of key themes and issues explored in the literature on reflective theological writing.

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.