Creative Writing Prose Fiction

Level 6 (15 credits)

This module is an introduction to writing prose fiction. Through practice-based workshops and seminars, the module explores the methodologies of writing fiction from a writer's perspective, and focuses on form, structure and narrative technique. The module is delivered through weekly creative writing exercises and immersion in a process of peer critique, as well as the critical analysis of sample texts. This module cannot be selected by students enrolled on a BA "with Creative Writing" Programme.

Preparing for this Module and Approximate Costs

In advance of Week 1, students should have at least begun, and preferably completed, reading the following two novels:

Raven Leilani, Luster  (Picador, 2020)

Kazuo ishiguro, Never Let Me Go (Faber, 2005)

We will also be reading several short stories:

Annie E Proulx, 'Brokeback Mountain', 

Kristen Roupenian, 'Cat Person',

Carmen Maria Machado, various stories from Her Body and Other Parties (Serpent's Tail, 2018)

Andrew Sean Greer, 'Darkness'

We will look at additional short fiction, for which we will provide PDFs. 


Primary texts costing approximately £45.

Note that these costs can be often be reduced by purchasing items second-hand or borrowing them from the Library.

Why take
Creative Writing Prose Fiction

  • In this module you'll immerse yourself in some key principles of fiction writing, through detailed readings and discussions of contemporary works.
  • You'll also develop your own writing practice, by keeping up a daily practice (no matter how small!) and by discussing your writing with peers in workshops.
  • This blending of focus on other writers' work as well as your own is the best way to develop as a writer, and it is an engaging, collaborative process.
Learning Context Long Seminar
Semester One or Two
  1. Seminar Participation, 10%
  2. Portfolio (4000 words), 90%
Mode of reassessment Standard
Katherine Angel