Critical Friends: The Real and Virtual Support of Writers
- 13 week study period
- 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
Last self enrolment:
Last withdraw without fail:
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
Unit information in detail
- Teaching methods, assessment and content.
Hours per week
Number of Weeks
Directed Online Learning and Independent Learning
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULOs)
|Written Assignment||Individual||60-70%||1, 2, 3|
|Online Discussion Threads||Individual/Group||30-40%||1, 2, 3|
- What is a critical friend
- Practical strategies for overcoming the blank page
- The essential elements of writing, including plot, character, setting etc.
- Models of genres and forms of writing and how these work with the idea of critical friendship
- Critical and cultural theories and using these to enrich writing
- Developing peer feedback and self-editing skills
- Reading materials.
A list of reading materials and/or required texts will be made available in the Unit Outline.