Creative Writing II

Course - first cycle - 16-30 credits

Syllabus for students spring 2013

Course Code:
EN213A revision 2
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
No main fields
Date of establishment:
09 February 2012
Date of ratification:
30 November 2012
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
21 January 2013
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
24 February 2012

Advancement in relation to the degree requirements

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

Entry requirements

Prerequisite courses for this course are: Passed courses: EN212E-Creative Writing I or EN203E-Creative Writing I.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
After finishing the course, the student:

  • understands more deeply the workings of a single literary genre;
  • has learned to balance theory and practice within his/her own writing;
  • has knowledge of the basic practices involved in getting work published;
  • can show knowledge of Malmö University’s perspectives (environment, gender, and migration and ethnicity), as they pertain to creative writing.

Skills and ability
After finishing the course, the student:
  • can write imaginatively in a chosen genre at a high beginning to intermediate level;
  • can, with greater independence, edit his/her writing and the writing of others;
  • understands style concerns of written English, such as punctuation and formatting;
  • understands intermediate applied aspects of English syntax and diction;
  • can, with increased authority, analyze and critique creative work in the student's genre of focus (among literary nonfiction, fiction, and poetry);
  • has an increased ability to read critically and rhetorically;
  • can revise and compile a meaningful portfolio of his/her own work and examine it self-critically;
  • can apply knowledge of Malmö University’s perspectives to issues pertaining to creative writing.

Critical skills and approach
After finishing the course, the student:
  • has increased his/her ability to understand the relationships between critical and creative thinking;
  • is capable of producing, not merely analyzing, literary texts;
  • has gained insights into the practice and theory of creative writing.


The student is assessed based on:

  • the submission of three creative assignments for online workshops;
  • the submission of a reading journal on the breadth reading texts;
  • the submission of writing exercises;
  • the submission of an end-of-term portfolio;
  • the quality of his/her participation and peer review in workshops.

The total grade for the course is the amalgamate grade of the Creative Portfolio: 50%, Reading Journal and Exercises: 25%, Workshop Skills: 25%).

Course content

Students select one genre (fiction, poetry, or literary non-fiction) as a primary focus.

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 genre of focus is thus emphasized.

The course also provides a brief introduction to the business of publishing. Students have the opportunity to gain both knowledge of and experience in publishing by participating in the publishing of Malmö högskola’s creative writing and literary magazine, Shipwrights. This (optional) opportunity comes in the form of working on the magazine’s student editorial board.

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
  • the opportunity to practice publishing and editorial skills on the Shipwrights student editorial board
  • reading

Grading system

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

Course literature and other teaching materials

Entire course:
Required texts vary based on the student’s genre of focus.

1) Burroway, Janet. Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft (International Edition). ISBN-13: 978-0-205-79230-6
2) Updike, John. The Best American Short Stories of the Century.
ISBN13: 9780395843673, ISBN10: 0395843677

Literary Nonfiction:
1) Miller & Paola. Tell It Slant: Writing and Shaping Creative Nonfiction. ISBN: 0-07-251278-4
2) Gutkind, Lee. The Best Creative Nonfiction, Volume 2. ISBN-10: 0393330249 (available at ad libris but not bokus)

1) Boisseau & Wallace. Writing Poems, 7th ed. ISBN-10: 0-321-47406-6.
2) Paterson & Simic. New British Poetry. ISBN: 978-1-55597-394-0

Additional material may be introduced in the course, but no more than 100 pages.

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.