Creative Writing I


In this introduction to imaginative writing in English, students explore technical and formal aspects of creative writing through the practice of fiction, poetry, and literary nonfiction. The course emphasizes writerly craft while also providing opportunities for improved language proficiency, literary analysis, and self-expression. Native English speakers also welcomed.

Admission requirements

General entry requirements + English B.

For Swedish Upper Secondary Grades merit rating will be calculated according to Områdesbehörighet 6/A6


credits 32% final grades 34% national university aptitude test 34%


Syllabus for students autumn 2019, spring 2019, autumn 2018

Course Code:
EN212A revision 3
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
No main fields
Date of ratification:
29 May 2018
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
03 September 2018
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
30 November 2012

Entry requirements

General entry requirements + English B.

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

The course can normally be included as part of a general degree at undergraduate level.


This introductory course in creative writing in English develops student awareness of imaginative writing as a craft and establishes a student-centered venue for the development of that craft, the student’s own creative writing. While developing the craft of writing, the student acquires numerous transferable skills, enumerated below in Learning Outcomes.


The course consists of acquiring basic imaginative writing skills in the following genres:

  • literary nonfiction
  • fiction
  • poetry

The course concludes with the submission of a portfolio containing the student’s work for the term.

The course recognizes that good reading is at the heart of good writing. Reading broadly in the genres studied in the course is thus emphasized.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
After finishing the course, the student:

  • understands imaginative writing as both craft and self-expression;
  • understands writing as a process;
  • has an awareness of literary forms and genres;
  • can show knowledge of Malmö University’s perspectives, as they pertain to creative writing.

Skills and ability
After finishing the course, the student:
  • has developed basic imaginative writing skills;
  • can write imaginatively at a basic level in literary non-fiction, fiction, and poetry;
  • can edit his/her writing and the writing of others;
  • can analyze and critique creative work;
  • can write persuasive and expressive texts;
  • can read both critically and creatively;
  • understands style concerns of written English, such as punctuation and formatting;
  • understands applied aspects of English syntax and diction;
  • has increased his/her general English language proficiency.

Critical skills and approach
After finishing the course, the student:
  • can reflect on how creative and analytical skills interact;
  • has gained an awareness of the importance of self-learning;
  • can read literature analytically from the perspective of writerly craft.

Learning activities

This is a workshop-centered course in the "studio" model. It features:

  • distance learning via an online learning platform
  • online writing workshops
  • formal, written peer review at workshops
  • writing exercises
  • reading


The student is assessed through:

  • the submission of an end-of-term portfolio
  • the mastering of skills and concepts learned in the course, as evidenced in the submission of 3 creative workshop assignments, 60% (20% each workshop)
  • the submission of a reading journal on the breadth reading texts, exercises throughout the term, and a self-reflective essay, reflecting knowledge of writing as a process, 20%
  • the quality of their participation and peer review in online workshops, 20%.

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

1) Burroway, Janet. Imaginative Writing: The Elements of Craft, 4th Edition. ISBN 9780134053240. (Available at,,, etc.)

2) Halpern, Daniel. The Art of the Story: An International Anthology of Contemporary Short Stories. ISBN 9780140296389. (Available at,, etc.)

3) Collins, Billy. Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry. ISBN 9780812968873. (Available at,,, etc.)

The above three books are mandatory: you cannot manage this course without them.

Course evaluation

Towards the end of the term, students are required to give anonymous formal feedback in an online survey. The results are available for viewing by all students in the course. Students are also given the opportunity to offer informal feedback at various points earlier in the term.


The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the department School of Arts and Communication.

Further information

Studentservice, K3 - Malmö universitet,


02 September 2019 - 19 January 2020 50% Distance (Malmö)

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 19000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 19000 SEK