This first week is concerned with orientating ourselves in the subject and direction of the module and becoming clear about how this module will be assessed. Key aims are: To become familiar with the module schedule, aims and assessment; To set some ground rules for the seminar; To define creative writing and critically consider its problematic nature in both practice and reflective analysis; Introduction to close reading. Questions we’ll consider are:
- What types of creative writing are there? What is creative writing?
- What types of creative writing do you like to read?
- What informs you choices of reading? Reviews, word of mouth, other?
- Where does creative writing come from?
- What is the role of theory in relation to practice.
In the seminar we will provide a close reading of Chapter 1 of Francine Prose’s, Reading Like Writer.
Useful brief guide on close reading here: what is close reading?
FOR NEXT WEEK:
Please read: Debord, Guy. Perspectives For Alterations in Everyday Life  reprinted in The Everyday Life Reader p 238-240
Highmore, Ben. Introduction to The Everyday Life Reader 2002 London: Routledge [Available on Google books]
And the Introduction to Highmore’s Everyday Life and Cultural Theory: An Introduction [Available on Google books]
Acquire a hardback notebook and a magazine and bring both to week 2 seminar with a ruler and scissors or pencil to experiment with the CUT UP technique.