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Honoursmodule: Creative Writing

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Dr. Jane Lewty

Entry requirements 

The course is accessible for 2nd and 3rd year honours students from all disciplines.

Recommended prior knowledge

All disciplines are welcome, since one objective of this course is to reflect on how genres can merge and perform alongside each other. Students who have a strong commitment to academic study may benefit from seeing the similarities between creative and critical writing. Complimentary topics include: media studies, cultural theory, literature[s], history, philosophy, linguistics, global identity.

Learning Objectives

After taking this course, students will be able to:

  • Engaged with the elements of poetry, fiction and non-fiction - as writers rather than critics.
  • Furthered their understanding of the diversity of each genre.
  • Expanded their knowledge of transnational and transcontinental literature.
  • Considered fundamental issues of aesthetics and ethics, and how they pertain to creative writing.
  • Contextualized their own poetry and prose by investigating how it converges with work in the wider public sphere.
  • Learned how to stimulate creativity by using methods such as freewriting, writers' journals and more innovative experiments.
  • Improved their editorial skills, in response to feedback from peers and the instructor.
  • Learned how to give balanced and sensitive evaluations of peer writing in class, along with constructive suggestions for revision.
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in the process of compiling a multi-genre portfolio and a genre-specific final project.


When engaged in scholarly research, we may forget that the act of writing can also be  imaginitive, therapeutic, illusory, entertaining and inconclusive. We often separate our creative – and playful - selves from the productivity model of success. In this course, however, we will foreground creative writing as both a discipline and an art form in order to ‘de-compartmentalize’ our thinking. Students will engage with both the theory and practice of writing creatively, through 1) formal instruction 2) generating their own original pieces, and 3) participation in group ‘workshop’ analysis.

Students will read assigned texts on creative thought and process, craft and revision; they will subsequently write their own stories, poems and essays that engage in a rewarding conversation with other literature, past or present. In a workshop setting, students will share their work, and produce cogent written and/or oral arguments to defend and explain their opinion on others’ writing. As a group, students will find a shared language to communicate feedback that is observation-based, productive and supportive. Individually, they will learn about the revision process through working on a multi-genre portfolio. They will also draft and edit a final project (fiction, non-fiction or poetry). Students will have an opportunity to direct in-class activity by devising a writing exercise for their peers; finally, they will read their own literary works in a public forum.

Class contents

  • Lecture
  • Seminar
  • Presentation / symposium
  • Selfstudy
  • Work independently on project/ thesis
  • Guidance / feedback moment


In-class participation (written and verbal), presentation, portfolio, final project.

Min/max participants



Check Datanose for the exact information.

Study material

Literature (online); syllabus.


Registration is possible for students participating in an Honours programme via an online registration form which will be made available on December 1, 10 am till December 5, 11 pm on this website. 

Placement will be at random and within two weeks students will hear whether they are placed for a course. 

There is NO guarantee for placement if you register after December 5, so make sure you register on time! 

For questions about registration please email to: Honours-iis@uva.nl

Facts & Figures
Mode Honours programme
Credits 6 ECTS,
Language of instruction English
Starts in February