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.

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Syllabus for students spring 2021, autumn 2020

Course Code:
EN212A revision 4.1
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
No main fields
Date of ratification:
11 August 2020
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
31 August 2020
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
16 September 2019

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 involves weekly assignments, and the submission of a portfolio of revised work.
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 course features:

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

  • Janet Burroway – Imaginative writing, The elements of craft. ISBN: 9780134053240
  • Daniel Halpern (ed.) – The art of the story. ISBN: 0140296387
  • Billy Collins – Poetry 180. ISBN: 0812968875

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.


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

Further information

Studentservice, K3 - Malmö universitet,


18 January 2021 - 06 June 2021 50% Distance (Malmö) Application code: mau-12105

National application round

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 20000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 20000 SEK

Open for late application


31 August 2020 - 17 January 2021 Day-time 50% Distance (Malmö)

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 20000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 20000 SEK