David Lodge. The Art of Fiction. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1992
Advanced Narrative Writing
This subject emphasises narrative development, with close attention to the relationship between structure and content in traditional and experimental fiction. Craft skills appropriate to narrative writing are developed through exercises and sustained work on pieces of fiction, along with consideration of principles of editing and revision. The focus of the class is the students' own work. A range of narrative writing is read and discussed, integrating practical work with critical reflection on the processes of narrative writing. This is a core subject for postgraduate writing students and is suitable for students in other areas wishing to develop their writing through exercises and sustained work.
At the completion of this subject, students are expected to:
a. Be able to produce an extended piece of narrative fiction
b. Bring focused critical skills to bear on their own and other's fiction narratives
c. Develop original ideas in narrative form
d. Understand how to revise and edit their own work
e. Have developed some level of reading knowledge in relation to a variety of narrative forms
R. Brown and D. King:
Assessment item 1: Minor Assignments: 600-700 word exercises
Objective(s): a, b, c
Task: To write several short narrative pieces and workshop them in class.
* Capacity to realise set task
* Inventiveness and originality of writing.
Assessment item 2: Research seminar: 10 minute seminar on a narrative text, either a short story or novel
Objective(s): b, e
Task: To present an analysis of one page from a chosen fictional text.
* Insight and originality in discussion of chosen material
* Capacity to extrapolate in relation to writing practice.
Assessment item 3: 3000 word narrative
Objective(s): a, c, d
Task: To write an extended narrative piece worked through the necessary re-writes, class discussions and editorial changes.
* Inventiveness and accomplishment of writing style
* Originality of idea
* Dramatic and suspenseful structuring of work.
Students are expected to read the subject outline to ensure they are familiar with the subject requirements. Since class discussion and participation in activities form an integral part of this subject, you are expected to attend, arrive punctually and actively participate in classes. If you experience difficulties meeting this requirement, please contact your lecturer. Students who have a reason for extended absence (e.g., illness) may be required to complete additional work to ensure they achieve the subject objectives.