BMAYX202B – Creative Writing Workshop

Module code
Module title
Creative Writing Workshop
This course encourages students to develop confidence with creative writing, by writing in a variety of styles using notebooks, classroom exercises, activities and group work. It is conducted in an open, workshop environment with editing time in a computer laboratory. Students are encouraged to read widely and critique their own work and that of others in the course.
  • BM1801
  • BM1802
  • BM1901
  • BM1902
  • BM9601
  • CO0005
NZQA Level
Level 6
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Enhanced
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
2.1 Be aware of the non fiction/fiction debate and the role of autobiography in writing, develop awareness of memory as resource
-develop vocabulary for description of memory
-develop a piece of writing from a memory
-develop an awareness of point of view and use of narrative voice
-explore form and tone by presenting the memory in several ways
-examine autobiographical elements in writing

2.2 Understand the value of research in writing and identify elements of setting and context in short stories, excerpts of novels, (eg by Katherine Mansfield, A.S. Byatt, Margaret Atwood
-discuss the use of time in writing - especially in tense, narrative and structure or form
-develop a piece of writing with a strong sense of place and time
-develop a repertoire of interview and questioning skills

2.3 Develop an awareness of characterisation and voice or tone in writing
-identify characterisation techniques in poetry and short stories
-discuss alternative characterisations and the implications of these alternatives
-develop consistency and coherency in characterisation
-write a monologue, dialogue or script

2.4 Understand grammatical conventions
-identify varieties of formal and informal language
-use a variety of punctuation techniques for a variety of effects
-explore the wealth of lexical potential in the English language
-discuss the importance of audience in writing

2.5 Develop an awareness of a variety of writing styles
-identify genres of writing
-discuss textual examples
-explore writing poetry, short story and short scripts

2.6 Understand relevant aspects of the discourses and practices in contemporary writing
-produce written and oral analyses of selected texts, identifying relevant issues
-review and write descriptions and analyses of selected texts
-reflect critically upon relationships between representative texts, examples of work and self practice
-produce oral and written interpretations of and comparisons between selected works
-develop and test rationales for self practice
-conduct conventional presentations of outcomes

2.7 Comprehend a process of graded assessment
-employ a vocabulary for describing work
-demonstrate the ability to write objectives and assessment criteria
-actively participate in group and class critiques
-consider and reflect upon self and peer processes and decisions
-participate in ongoing formative assessment
-consider, discuss and document self and peer performances for graded assessment
3.1 Writing from what you know
Memory/personal photographs as a resource
Interviewing/interrogating a personal memory for sensory detail
Reading autobiographical excerpts from published writers
Writing a poem or prose piece in the first person

3.2 Developing fictional structures
Playing with memory
Exploring narrative voices
Exploring forms and structures
Narrative techniques
Reading a variety of styles of published writers

3.3 Planning and research skills
Researching details of context - time and place
Interview techniques
Journal and notebook maintenance
Analysis of texts by established authors

3.4 Developing stylistic confidence
Playing with words - meaning, sound, shape
Playing with layout - especially in poetry
Listening to and reading a variety of published writers

3.5 Presentation of character
Writing from photographs

3.6 Communicating with a range of cultures:
Content of interest to a Maori audience
NewZealand cultural identities
Content from at least one other culture
Modes of address appropriate to the audience.
Learning and Teaching Resource
Tutorial/workshops, guest speakers - including discussion of original material by students
Assessment Criteria
This course is internally assessed.
Class exercises 30 percent
Special Topic 30 percent
Portfolio 40 percent

To pass this course, students must complete all assignments and accumulate
an overall course mark of no less than 50 percent

1) Attendance requirements of the School of Media Arts must be observed.
2) If you wish to be assessed in Maori, please inform staff at the beginning of the module so that processes can be put in place to manage this in a timely fashion