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ENGL6137 Creative Project

Module Overview

This is the culmination of your MA programme. It gives you the opportunity to carry out a sustained piece of writing independently, and bring to bear the ideas, skills, and insights that have been learned on the programme. You will do this under the guidance of a supervisor who will meet with you at three times during the project, and read a draft of the final work in time for a period of revision. The final submission will include extended discussion of a technique, critical issue, literary genre, or piece of research explored in the creative submission.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • how to manage a sustained writing project
  • the process of development and revision involved in a creative project
  • achieve originality, linguistic versatility, and structural control in your writing
  • how to work independently
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • plan and complete a substantial piece of writing
  • revise and edit creative writing to a professional standard
  • manage deadlines and make effective use of your time
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • plan the extended development of a piece of writing towards a successful conclusion
  • revise and edit your work effectively
  • manage your time and creative processes in an effective way
Cognitive Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • deal with complex creative issues in a systematic and analytic manner
  • independently evaluate and apply compositional methods
  • demonstrate originality through your writing


You show drafts of their work to the supervisor and in the light of the detailed responses, you are encouraged to revise and develop the project, especially in the early stages. This is primarily a period of independent study and for the latter half of the project over the summer you will work mostly on your own until you submit a draft about four weeks before the final deadline. The supervisor will read and discuss this draft with you, and you will then go ahead and produce the final draft for assessment.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This module will train you in how to discuss creative work in progress and to reflect on your own creative practice.

Completion of assessment task592
Project supervision3
Total study time600



MethodPercentage contribution
Creative writing  (15000 words) 75%
Critical commentary  (4000 words) 25%


MethodPercentage contribution
Resubmit assessments  (19000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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