Undergraduate | MAQ-ENGX2036 | 2024
Writing Popular Genre Fiction
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- Study method
- 100% online
- 100% online
- Entry requirements
- Prior study needed
- 18 weeks
- 19 Feb 2024
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About this subject
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
- Analyse and evaluate different readerships and audiences for popular mass-market genre fiction.
- Identify and analyse practices and techniques of writing popular genre fiction.
- Apply practical and theoretical knowledge of different genre conventions in creative written work.
- Work collaboratively in groups to identify and analyse the features of popular genre fiction, and to build creative worlds within specific genres.
- Critique and evaluate their own research and creative writing processes.
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
This unit explores commercially popular fiction and genre fiction in the marketplace today. We begin by analysing the form and features of bestselling novels as well as mass-market genre fiction such as fantasy, science-fiction, suspense/thriller/horror, crime, and romance. We examine how generic forms crossover with each other, and how digital publishing enables the proliferation of hybrid genres and niche subgenres within the popular fiction market. Students learn how to identify different types of research fields that are relevant to their genre of interest, and to integrate this research into their creative writing in practical ways. There will be a particular focus on world-building, characterisation, and the development of character-driven plots.
- Preparation and participation (30%)
- Reviewing genre essay (30%)
- Creative Work (40%)
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