Writing in English: Creative Writing Workshop

Course content

This workshop is open to all students with an interest in learning the art of writing narrative, whether you are a student within Engerom or another institute; whether you have been putting pen to paper for a long time, or are simply curious about what it means to have a practice of writing. The course will allow you to explore your creative side: it will not only make you a better writer – and a better writer in the English language – but it will change the way you look at literature.

The lectures will be held either by Grøn or Lupton, both published writers, or by a visiting writer who will share their practiced perspective on narratological concepts such as point of view, characterisation, conflict and writing feeling. Visitors in the past have included Sarah Moss, Maria Adelman, and Jonas Eika – in 2023, we expect to host Moss again as well as Keiran Goddard.  Reading for the class will involve studying contemporary British and American writers with a specific eye to their craft and technique in the art of writing, and students will discuss these and put their critical insights in English to work in response to these published authors, as well as in drafting and editing their own creative work. In the workshops, we will use writing prompts to explore specific techniques, look at how the writers we read use them, and share work with each other.

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 will be given support in exploring these 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.

Classes will emphasize student involvement, writing, and discussion.

We will read short stories from many authors as well as instructive chapters from Alice LaPlante, The Making of a Story: A Norton Guide to Creative Writing.  Novels this coming year will include Goddard’s Hourglass and Moss’s Summerwater.

Kurset udbydes som en del af studiemønstret Writing in English, samt som KA-tilvalg.
Studerende indskrevet på Kandidatuddannelsen i engelsk kan desuden bruge kurset til Frit Emne 1, 2 og 3.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Type of assessment
Portfolio, A joint portfolio uploaded in digital exam: Deadline January 6th 2025
Type of assessment details
The 15 ECTS class will be examined by a portfolio exam of 21-25 standard pages consisting of two piece of creative writing (or academic prose), one 5-6 pages to be handed in at the end of Autumn break (22nd October 2023 at midnight) and one 8-10 pages to be handed in at the portfolio deadline, as well as 4 x 1-2 page pieces to be handed in over the course of the semester and included in the portfolio with feedback.
Criteria for exam assessment

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 56
  • Preparation
  • 353,5
  • English
  • 409,5


Course number
Programme level
Full Degree Master
Full Degree Master choice

1 semester

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Study board of English, Germanic and Romance Studies
Contracting department
  • Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator
  • Helene Grøn   (12-6c6970697269326b76736972446c7971326f7932686f)
Saved on the 04-04-2024

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