Critical Friends: The Real and Virtual Support of Writers

PWR60001 12.5 Credit Points Online


  • 13 week study period

Contact hours

  • Online study equivalent to 12.5 hours per week

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2023 teaching periods


HOL Study Period 2

29 May 23 - 27 Aug 23

26 Sep 23

Last self enrolment:
11 Jun 23

19 Jun 23

Last withdraw without fail:
14 Jul 23



Aims and objectives

This unit focuses on the acquisition of a specific set of skills that writers need before their writing is ready for publication. It achieves this by introducing students to the essential elements of the writing craft, such as plot, setting, character etc. This unit also gives learners the opportunity to develop and apply the skills of critiquing and editing in a collaborative online environment. It explores how 'critical friends' can enrich others' writing ability and further their own insights into the processes of writing.

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

1. identify and critically apply the conventions, methodologies, and techniques needed for professionally critiquing pieces of writing
2. Demonstrate practical skills in evaluating and diagnosing the strengths and weaknesses in their writing and writing practice and in the work and practice of others, and be able to hypothesize solutions to these weaknesses
3. Plan, research, and produce a report/document that reflects upon and evaluates the challenges and strengths of a piece of writing