EL4014 - Story

What will I learn on this module?

This module introduces students to the core skills and ideas of narration. Semester 1 mainly focuses on the structure and techniques of prose fiction. In Semester 2 this is broadened to a wider range of narrative forms, including script. Students will be introduced to a variety of basic key skills related to storytelling, will learn to appreciate the demands of different narrative genres, and will develop an understanding of the nature of story and narrative. This will provide students with a basic framework to underpin the development of their writing practice.

How will I learn on this module?

The module is taught via a combination of lectures and workshops:

1 x 1.5 hour fortnightly lecture
1 x 1.5 fortnightly workshop

Lectures provide an overview of a variety of narrative forms, topics and techniques, with straightforward explanations of complex issues.

Workshops allow you to discuss challenging material with other students under the guidance of the module tutor and to develop your skills in writing and feedback. These sessions encourage you to engage with the material presented in the lectures and to explore your own responses critically and creatively. Workshop discussions develop intellectual, practical and transferable skills.
The aim of this introductory module is to create a supportive environment in which your knowledge, confidence, creative and critical skills can develop.
The module makes appropriate use of technology enhanced learning through use of the Blackboard electronic learning platform and the online support offered by Northumbria’s SkillsPlus programme.

In addition to the scheduled lectures and seminars, you are expected to undertake both directed and independent learning. Directed learning includes preparation for lectures and workshops (including both reading and written work) individually or in small groups. Independent learning includes further reading and investigation, the consolidation of seminar materials, and revision/preparation for the module assignments.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Your learning will be academically supported by peer and tutor feedback on your work within writing workshops as well as tutor-led debates around narrative theory and the key techniques of prose fiction writing; your tutor will facilitate set writing exercises and help trigger new work and provide tutorial support.

The module handbook provides details of lectures, seminars, reading lists and assessment criteria; lecture PowerPoint slides are made available on the e-learning platform, together with links to relevant skills materials in the library.
The module tutor is available in lectures and seminars, as well as during office hours, to discuss any queries or concerns you have.
Feedback in workshops and on the first summative assessment serves as ‘feed forward’, giving guidance on how to improve during the module. The second piece of assessment encourages you to reflect on feedback from the first.
You are advised to see your Guidance Tutor at least twice each semester to review your academic progress. The Guidance Booklet, which you receive at the start of your first year, includes structured materials designed to help you develop your self-reflection skills. These materials underpin the academic side of the regular Guidance meetings, helping you to learn how to best use the feedback you receive on your assignments, how to build on your strengths, and improve in the areas where you could perform better.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

• Develop an understanding of the nature of story and narrative.
• Gain an appreciation of the demands of different narrative genres.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

• Achieve a variety of basic key skills related to storytelling, e.g. character portrayal, plotting.

• Develop critical judgment and editing skills.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

• Sensitivity and effectiveness when giving and receiving critical feedback in a group context.

How will I be assessed?

Formative: Group workshops for producing, sharing and critiquing creative writing. MLO5
Portfolio 1 (50% summative): A creative piece and reflective essay together totalling 1500 words or equivalent. MLO 1-4.
Portfolio 2 (50% summative): A creative piece and reflective essay together totalling 1500 words or equivalent. MLO 1-4.
Feedback will be provided using the Departmental template and comments on the script.





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Course info

UCAS Code QW38

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Humanities

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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