Buchan. Thirty-Nine Steps. Penguin
Novel Writing Workshop
This is an advanced workshop for students who have some background in fiction writing and who are either commencing work on a novel or have already commenced. The aim of this subject is to produce the opening section of a potential novella or novel, or a substantial portion of a work in progress, minimum 5000 words and maximum 10,000 words. Contemporary and experimental forms of the novel are studied and encouraged as well as more traditional narratives. Students study a range of short novels that enhance their understanding of the form and help develop their critical skills. Workshop participation and peer assessment are a vital part of this subject.
In this subject, students will:
1. produce the draft of a novel
2. acquire skills to reflect critically on their writing
3. acquire skills to revise and re-draft work in progress
4. acquire skills to reflect critically on fictional texts in English
5. study and practise formal and technical elements of novel writing.
Faulkner. As I Lay Dying. Vintage
Kafka. Metamorphosis. Norton
Assessment Item 1: Critical appraisal of a set text. 1,200 words 20%; Assessment Item 2: Critical assessment of another student's manuscript 20%; Assessment Item 3: Novel opening/section 60%