Critical Friends: The Real and Virtual Support of Writers
Explore the role of a support network in a writer's creative development.Wrestle with the conventions of plot, theme and character. Expose yourself for peer review. Develop feedback for others. Push your work closer to being publication-ready.
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After successfully completing this subject, students will be able to:
Identify and critically apply the conventions, methodologies, and techniques needed for professionally critiquing pieces of writing
Demonstrate practical skills in evaluating and diagnosing the strengths and weaknesses in their writing and writing practice and in the work and practice of others, and be able to hypothesise solutions to these weaknesses
Plan, research, and produce a report/document that reflects upon and evaluates the challenges and strengths of a piece of writing.
This subject focuses on the acquisition of a specific set of skills that writers need before their writing is ready for publication. It achieves this by introducing students to the essential elements of the writing craft, such as plot, setting, character etc. This subject also gives learners the opportunity to develop and apply the skills of critiquing and editing in a collaborative online environment. It explores how 'critical friends' can enrich others' writing ability and further their own insights into the processes of writing.