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This subject introduces the creative writing student to contemporary literary and cultural theories pertinent to reading and analysing texts produced for children, as well as stimulating a creative engagement with children’s literature. Through the study and production of picture books, novels, storytelling and poetry, the student will creatively investigate the tensions between children’s literature, society’s notion of childhood, and children themselves, as well as exploring the major themes, techniques, trends and issues of the children’s literature canon.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- apply advanced theoretical, aesthetic and analytic skills to interpreting critical and creative texts;
- tackle new problems in the production of children’s literature with confidence and openness to contemporary artistic directions;
- have a sound working knowledge of themes and conventions of contemporary children’s literature; and
- participate effectively in group discussions and collaborative learning; and demonstrate an understanding of the wider public significance of their knowledge and skills.
At the completion of this subject, students should acquire the following generic skills:
- critical thinking and analysis;
- the ability to think creatively;
- an openness to new ideas;
- written communication;
- the ability to communicate thoughts and knowledge;
- time management and planning; and
- practices and ethics in the field of creative writing.
Last updated: 6 December 2019