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Advanced Creative Writing

ULEN20062 - Advanced Creative Writing

  • Credits: 10 credits
  • Level: 2
  • Pre-requisite: IELTS 7.0 or equivalent, or a level 1 course
  • Co-requisite: None.
  • Taught during: semester 2
  • Timetables: Timetable for the course


This course unit aims to provide international students with practice in creative writing skills in a British urban environment. Students will be able to work in prose, poetry or dramatic forms as suits their requirements and experience. Students will also be encouraged to examine the place of their creativity in their own lives.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • show some appreciation for the translation of culture and ideas between languages and environments
  • use a second language in non-transactional ways
  • disengage from their own creative writing sufficiently for them to comment on it

Transferable skills

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • assess the value and place of creativity in learning another language
  • discuss the writing of others with sensitivity and appreciation
  • assess the value of redrafting as a tool in creative writing

Teaching and learning methods

Students will be given exercises of various kinds to stimulate their imaginations and their writing. Their writing will be discussed with other members of the group in workshops. Students will be encouraged to re-work their creative writing as a result of the comments make by fellow students in the writing workshop. In addition, the tutor will also give feedback on the writing; this feedback which will look at both language and content.


  • a portfolio of writing consisting of at least three pieces of creative writing in all their appropriate drafts (50%)
  • a commentary on the drafts and drafting process for each of the pieces of creative work in the portfolio (25%)
  • an overall commentary on the student's writing processes of at least 300 words (25%)

Assessment deadlines: portfolio and commentaries submitted at the end of the semester, week thirteen


Ian Pople

Taught by

Ian Pople

Maximum entry


Set texts

Provided by the tutor.

Recommended texts

Not applicable.


Any level 3 course. ULEN21011/ULEN21022 - Manchester Life and Culture.