HENK13141U Writing in English: Creative Writing Workshop

Volume 2020/2021

This workshop will serve as a practical introduction to the art of writing narrative.  Together with a visiting creative writer students will discuss and experiment practically in what it means to work with plot, voice, and character.  Reading for the class will involve studying contemporary British and American writers with an eye to their skills as practitioners of writing.  Students will put their critical insights in English to work in responses to these published authors, as well as in drafting and editing their own creative work.


Our visiting novelist for 2020-21 is Dan Vyleta (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Vyleta), who will run the Creative Writing Workshop as a systematic introduction to writing short fiction. Students will study a range of short stories; learn how to read and analyse these stories from a writer’s perspective by drawing on narratological concepts such as focalisation, narrative speed, characterisation, etc; use writing prompts to explore specific techniques; develop theur own original short stories and improve these stories through peer workshops. The course will allow you to explore your creative side; it will not only make you a better writer but will change the way you look at literature.


Students who wish to take this course without writing creatively will write critically about the techniques and structures of contemporary writers.  Students interested in publishing their work or in writing creatively for professions such as the game industry will be given support in exploring these career options.  All students will participate in workshopping each other’s writing and students should expect to produce several drafts of their work over the 14 weeks of the course.


This course is intended for all students interested in becoming better writers.

Kurset udbydes til alle kandidatstuderende på Institut for Engelsk, Germansk og Romansk, samt som KA-tilvalg for studerende fra andre institutter.
Det kan tages som en del af studiemønstret Writing in English eller som frit emnekursus.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 56
  • Preparation
  • 353,5
  • Total
  • 409,5
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
Type of assessment
Portfolio, A joint portfolio uploaded in digital exam: Deadline January 6th 2021
Assessment will be by portfolio exam in which students submit four pieces of writing (a draft of 4 pages followed by a final version of 6 pages in week 7 and a draft of 6 pages followed by a final piece of 8 pages at the end of the course – a total of approx. 25 pages).
Criteria for exam assesment