Building upon Impossible Worlds (ACP2086), Writing from the Edge (ACP2081) and Script and Screen (ACP2082), this unit focuses on the uneasy parallels and sometimes arbitrary boundaries between fiction and non-fiction in a variety of forms. Students are asked to interrogate the interconnectedness of these apparently distinct genres from a theoretical and creative perspective in either narrative (fiction and non-fiction) or scriptwriting formats (documentary or feature film). Crossing Borders asks students to specialise in a particular form of creative writing, and to familiarise themselves with the generic conventions and contemporary and critical debates surrounding this form. By interrogating key texts in this field, students will critically reflect on the implications of writing in a global environment, and on how digital environments have usurped traditional modes of authorship and authenticity. Students will also be asked to commentate and critically review how writers of marginal ethnicities, class, gender and sexual identities have interrogated canonical ideas about creative writing through both form and through the changes wrought by the digitalisation of the publishing industry. This unit will encourage students to position their writing within a wider discourse, and to commentate on their own and others' creative writing through a theoretical lens.

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Students enrolled in course code ABAB or LBLA must have completed two of the following units: ACP1055 Story: Transforming the Blank Page, ACP2081 Writing from the Edge: Narrative Non-fiction, ACP2082 Script and Screen, ACP2086 Impossible Worlds: Fiction and Genre, ACP2087 News and Social Media.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse and critique contemporary theoretical and cultural ideas related to creative writing;  
  2. Exemplify critical and theoretical ideas through their own writing;  
  3. Evaluate and reflect on professional and creative writing texts through a theoretical lens;  
  4. Appraise and debate the application of a major area of theory to writing practice; and  
  5. Identify and review potential target markets for publication.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Essay Write an analytical or theoretical essay based on one of the key concepts and/or theories explored in the unit (1250 words) 30%
Creative Works A creative work in a genre of the student’s own choice in response to key themes and concepts presented in the unit. (2000 words) 30%
Other In this assessment students are asked to resubmit their Creative Work having taken into consideration their tutor’s feedback. (500 words) 40%

Required reading

Essentials of the Theory of Fiction
Hoffman, M and Murphy (ed) 2005
Duke University Press, Durham

How Fiction works
Wood, James 2008
Strauss and Giroux, New York

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