There will be an online, public blog maintained as part of the course. Students are expected to write for this blog, and to publish their work live. The blog and student’s writing will be publicised through twitter and other social media. Students will also be expected to make constructive comments on the blog.
Students will produce 6 different finished pieces of writing during the course. Each piece of writing will focus on a different writing skill, and provide experience of different writing formats. Formats might include: press release, executive summary, podcast script, blog editorial, project report, abstract.
Students will submit a portfolio of their best 4 pieces of work as part of their final exam.
There will be no lectures. Instead, students must attend weekly Writing Workshops. These are practice-based spaces where students will be introduced to a new writing skill, and will then be expected to produce writing, and to critique the writing of their peers. Visual and spoken techniques will also form part of these workshops. These workshops will be a creative, supportive space where students can experiment with their writing, take risks, and develop new writing skills.
Students will be expected to keep a writing journal throughout the course. This can be digital or on paper. The journal will form the basis for their personal writing practice and development of good, regular writing habits.
The exam report will constitute a portfolio of 4 selected pieces of writing completed during the course, plus a critical analysis that reflects on the techniques applied in the writing.