London Stories: Creative Writing

Module code: 4ELIT012W
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Credit Level: 4
Credit value: 20
Available to: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities students only, however students on some courses are unable to choose Westminster Electives  – see list of exemptions. Please note elective modules are subject to availability.

This module will introduce you to elements of creative writing and give you the opportunity to engage with London as raw material for your work, exploring issues of space, place and identity. With factual input from law, politics, sociology and history, you will be supported in experimenting in a range of written forms and styles including poetry, prose, drama, life writing and journalism.

By the time you complete the module you will be able to control your use of key technical elements of creative writing – including setting, character, plot, tone, point of view, voice, tense, description and dialogue – and develop your work through drafts, responding creatively to feedback and understanding the relationship between the writer and reader. You will undertake research in a chosen area of the politics, law, history and sociology of London; understand the concepts of space, place and identity in London and how they relate to creative practice; and be able to reflect on and analyse the impact of the urban environment on your writing practice, and the writing practice of others.

The module is delivered through a combination of workshops, seminars and field trips. Assessment will be based around your weekly journal (300-500-word entries each week), and your final creative piece.