PERF07033 2019 Semester 6 - Creative Writing Practice

General Details

Full Title
Semester 6 - Creative Writing Practice
Transcript Title
Semester 6 - Creative Writing
80 %
Subject Area
PERF - Performing Arts
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Una Mannion, Declan Drohan, Niall Colleary, Kate Duke, Rhona Trench, Niall Rea
Programme Membership
SG_APERA_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Acting) SG_APERF_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Performing Arts SG_APERT_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Theatre Design) SG_DINAD_H08 202300 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Interior Architecture and Design SG_DINAD_H08 202400 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Interior Architecture and Design

Creative Writing Practice will introduce writers to a range of writing, reading, and editing, including playwriting, short story writing and poetry. Learners will gain confidence in the craft and technique of writing as well as establishing their own voice. Learners will be challenged to play, experiment and take risks in their work. 



Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


write a bite-size play


write a piece of flash fiction


Write a poem - a haiku/a sonnet/a poem in free verse


Examine the craft and technique of various forms of writing 


Produce samples of writing which mimic well established writing styles


Read a diverse amount of writing across a range of genre

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Students will learn by writing. The will learn in a workshop environment where they share their own writing and receive week-to-week critique of their work. Students will use writing triggers to further their development of character, dialogue, plot, and atmosphere. Through peer learning, students will gain invaluable skills in re-drafting, editing with a view to their readership and publishing. 



Module Assessment Strategies

Learners will write a short play

Learners will write a short story

Learners will write a poem

Learners will reflect on their writing process

Repeat Assessments

Learners must repeat attend.

Indicative Syllabus

Learners will write a portfolio of work across a range of writing genre, which reflects their learning about the craft and technique of writing and which will aim to establish their own voice. Learners will reflect on their own practice which will be embedded in the re-drafting and editing process. Learners will create a body of writing which demonstrates their own voice. 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Short play Coursework Assessment Assignment 30 % End of Semester 1,4,6
2 Short story Coursework Assessment Assessment 30 % End of Semester 2,4,5,6
3 Poem Project Assignment 20 % End of Semester 3,4,5,6
4 Reflective learning Coursework Assessment Open Book Exam 20 % End of Semester 4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Workshop / Seminar Flat Classroom Workshop 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2014-04-03 Into the Woods
ISBN 0141978104 ISBN-13 9780141978109

We all love stories. But why do we tell them? And why do all stories function in an eerily similar way? John Yorke, creator of the BBC Writers' Academy, has brought a vast array of drama to British screens. Here he takes us on a journey to the heart of storytelling, revealing that there truly is a unifying shape to narrative forms - one that echoes the fairytale journey into the woods and, like any great art, comes from deep within. From ancient myths to big-budget blockbusters, he gets to the root of the stories that are all around us, every day. 'Fresh, enlightening, gripping.' Sunday Times 'The best book on the subject I've read. Quite brilliant.' Tony Jordan, creator/writer, Life on Mars, Hustle 'Brilliant.' Ken Follett 'Marvellous' Julian Fellowes 'Terrifyingly clever . . . Packed with intelligent argument.' Evening Standard 'Oh, how I wanted to hate it! I didn't. I loved it.' Jimmy McGovern, creator/writer Cracker, The Street 'The most important book about scriptwriting since William Goldman's Adventures in the Screen Trade.' Peter Bowker, writer, Blackpool, Occupation, Eric and Ernie

Required Reading
2016-05-30 How to Be an Author Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN 1533528780 ISBN-13 9781533528780

36 real authors give us an in depth look at their successes, their mistakes, and their careers as writers. There is nothing in the world as incredible as creating something, and getting to hear about other people enjoying it. You know that you've made a change in someone's life, even if it's only in a small way. It's one of the best feelings in the world. Everyone who becomes a professional author does so for different reasons. They each face different obstacles, have different goals, and choose different paths. The more authors that a new writer gets the opportunity to learn from, the greater the chance that they'll find someone they resonate with, and that they'll discover something that can help them in their own career. Some of the authors in this book are self-published; others are traditionally published. Some have worked with agents, and others have chosen to represent themselves. Some authors in this book generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalties, while others have just finished their very first novel. Some exclusively write fiction, some non-fiction, and some write a bit of both. Some of them write just for the joy of writing, others for the money, and still others because they have a story that NEEDS to be told.

Required Reading
1996-03-15 The Art and Craft of Playwriting Story Press
ISBN 1884910068 ISBN-13 9781884910067

Offers advice for creating characters, advancing the plot, building suspense, and incorporating stage directions for theatrical productions

Required Reading
23/08/2008 Wadsworth Anthology of Drama Heinle and Heinle

Required Reading
23/04/2015 Writing Short Stores: A Writers' and Artists' Companion Bloomsbury Academic

Required Reading
2018-08-28 On Editing Teach Yourself
ISBN 1473666686 ISBN-13 9781473666689

"Nothing is unreal as long as you can imagine like a crow." --Munia Khan Conventional wisdom says that a crow can not be tamed. These intelligent creatures are often understood as harbingers of doubt and uncertainty, whose high nesting grant them an unusually elevated perspective. For the writer, the crows of doubt circle over every project. This book shows they can be tamed. Writing is a magical hobby and form of expression but getting words on the page is not the same as finalizing material which you are happy to send out and share. This book is a complete toolkit which will help you to tame doubts and insecurities and engage with your internal critic in order to assert control over your manuscript and elevate your writing. Written by the team behind one of the world's most successful literary consultancies, Taming the Crows will show you how to master the art of self-editing--perhaps the least understood but most vital skill in the writer's toolkit. You will learn to compose, draft, and edit while sharpening your writing and ensuring that your novel is structurally sound, authentic, well-written and ready for submission. About the Series:The Teach Yourself Creative Writing series helps aspiring authors tell their stories. Covering a range of genres from science fiction and romantic novels to illustrated children's books and comedy, this series is packed with advice, exercises, and tips for unlocking creativity and improving your writing. And because we know how daunting the blank page can be, we set up the Just Write online community, as, for budding authors and successful writers to connect and share.

Required Reading
24/01/2010 The Writers' and Artists' Guide to Getting Published A and C Black Publishers

Required Reading
1994 A Poetry Handbook Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN 0156724006 ISBN-13 9780156724005

Offers advice on reading and writing poetry, and discusses imitation, sound, the line, poem forms, free verse, diction, imagery, revision, and workshops

Required Reading
2008 Poetry in the Making
ISBN 0571233805 ISBN-13 9780571233809

"In a series of chapters built round poems by a number of writers including himself . . . [Ted Hughes] explores, colourfully and intensively, themes such as 'Capturing Animals', 'Wind and Weather' and 'Writing about People'. The purpose throughout is to lead on, via a discussion of the poems (which he does with riveting skill) to some direct encouragement to the children to think and write for themselves. He makes the whole venture seem enjoyable, and somehow urgent . . . ' Times Literary Supplement

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Students might read from the following selection of texts:


Lauren Goff - Florida

Kevin Barry - There Are Little Kingdoms

Roald Dahl - Kiss Kiss

Edna O'Brien - The Love Object

Ian McEwan - First Love Last Rites

Alice Munro - The Moons Of Jupiter



Fishamble's Tiny Plays 1 and 2

Reid Plays: 1: Tea in a China Cup, Did You Hear the One About the Irishman...?, Joyriders, The Belle of the Belfast City, My Name, Shall I Tell You My ... City, Clowns Vol 1 (Contemporary Dramatists) Paperback 12 May 1997 by Christina Reid 
The Complete Dramatic Works of Samuel Beckett (Faber Drama) 5 Jan 2006 
Marina Carr: Plays 2: On Raftery's Hill; Ariel; Woman and Scarecrow; The Cordelia Dream; Marble (Ff Contemporary Classics)15 Oct 2009
Marina Carr Plays 1: " Low in the Dark", "The Mai", "Portia Coughlan", "By the Bog of Cats" v . 1 (Contemporary Classics)1 Jan 1900
Walsh Plays: One ( Bedbound, Chatroom, Disco Pigs, Misterman )10 Feb 2011
Deirdre Kinahan, Halcyon Days . (Nick Hern Books 2012)
Hickson, Ella. Eight (monologues) (NHB Modern Plays) Paperback 2 Jul 2009
Ravenhill, Mark. Plays 2 . (Methuen 2008)
Penelope Skinner, Meek . (Oberon Books, 2018)
Christian O'Reilly. The Good Father (Dramatists Services Inc. 2014)


Derek Mahon’s Against the Clock
Katherine Jamie Selected Poems
Aidan Matthews Strictly No Poetry
Michelle O'Sullivan This One High Field

Ciaran Carson, From There to Here
Patrick Crotty, Modern Irish Poetry: An Anthology
Adam L. Kern, The Penguin Book of Haiku 



Journal Resources

Creative fiction/poetry/drama journals online and listed below.

URL Resources

The Atlantic -

The New Yorker -

Playwrights podcast
Playwriting podcast   Player FM playwriting podcast/id1253240179
Irish playwright talk about their process and work writers/featured playwrights/ 

Other Resources - for Audio books

JSTOR - IT Sligo Library

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