Creative Writing II

Course - first cycle - 15 credits

Syllabus for students autumn 2020

Course Code:
EN213A revision 6
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
No main fields
Date of ratification:
16 September 2019
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
31 August 2020
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
29 May 2018

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 universitys 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 course features:

  • distance learning via an online learning platform
  • 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 a portfolio of texts written and revised over the course the semester.

Grading system

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

Course literature and other teaching materials

Course evaluation

The University provides students who participate in or who have completed a course with the opportunity to make known their experiences and viewpoints with regards to
the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarize the results of course evaluations as well as informing participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures initiated in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).

Interim rules

If a course ceases to be available or has undergone any major changes, the students are to be offered two opportunities to retake the examination during the year following the change for re-examination, based on the syllabus which applied at registration.