Creative Writing II

Course - first cycle - 15 credits

Syllabus for students autumn 2019, autumn 2018

Course Code:
EN213A revision 5
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:
14 June 2013

Entry requirements

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

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

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


The course aims to produce a writing student who can balance practice and theory, creative and critical thinking, as well as the academic and the vocational.


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 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.

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


The student is assessed based on:

  • 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

For Fiction Writers
1) Burroway, Janet. Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft, 9th ed. ISBN-10: 0134015312 • ISBN-13: 9780134015316 OR Burroway, Janet. Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft, 8th ed. ISBN-10: 020579230-8. ISBN 13: 978-020579230-6. In other words, either edition will do for this course.

2) Gioia, Dana & Gwynn, R.S. The Art of the Short Story, 1st ed. ISBN-13: 978-0321363633 ISBN-10: 0321363639 (If not available, you may substitute Lawn, Beverly. 40 Short Stories: A Portable Anthology, 4th ed. ISBN-13: 978-1457604751 ISBN-10: 1457604752.)

For Creative Nonfiction Writers
1) Miller & Paola. Tell It Slant: Writing and Shaping Creative Nonfiction. 2nd ed. ISBN-10: 0071781773 | ISBN-13: 978-0071781770

2) One of the following anthologies:
A) Williford, Lex & Martone, Michael. Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: Work from 1970 to the Present. ISBN-13: 978-1416531746 ISBN-10: 1416531742.
B) Gutkind, Lee. The Best Creative Nonfiction, Volume 3 (or Volume 2). ISBN 9780393330243.

For Poetry Writers
1) Boisseau & Wallace. Writing Poems, 8th ed. ISBN 13: 9780205176052, ISBN 10: 9780205176054. (Please note that any edition of this book will do, and might save you some money.)

2) Either of the following poetry anthologies:
A) Gwynn, R.S. & Lindner, April. Contemporary American Poetry ISBN-13: 978-0321182821 ISBN-10: 0321182820. (May only be available at
B) Paterson & Simic. New British Poetry. ISBN: 978-1-55597-394-0. (Available at and

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.