Deadline: 26th march , at 9am
Choose from one of the tittles below. (Use guidance notes to help you)
What scope do you have for being creative in your writing at university?
‘Creativity’ is a highly contested term: people do not agree on what it is. Here I do not expect you to be conversant with the vast literature on creativity; I’m more interested in you thinking about what it might mean for yourself. Specifically, I’m interested in whether or not it’s possible for you to be creative (whatever that means; it’s for you to work out) in your academic work. Refer to specific examples here. Refer the reader to specific pieces of work; you might like to quote from your own work (assignments you have written). You might also like to compare academic with non-academic work. You will have to write in the first person (‘I’).
How does the writing you do at university compare with the writing you do outside university?
In what ways, basically, are writing at home and at university similar and different? You can refer to texting, blogging, letter or diary writing, fiction writing, poetry – whatever forms of non-academic writing you wish. But you need to be specific in your examples: no generalizations. Refer to your own academic and non-academic writing (quote, summarize). There is room in this essay for you to consider the question of whether or not creativity can extend to academic work. To consider this, you’d need a working definition of creativity. (Don’t just get this from the dictionary: that won’t help you much.) Think too about how writing inside and outside the university influence each other. Are the two words really complete strangers to one another? You will have to write in the first person (‘I’).
What would you say about writing to someone about to start university?
Here you need to think about not only what you say but also how you say it. Your ethos is crucial. You will need to establish your credibility to speak – speaking about your own experience of writing will help. Don’t just present yourself as a goodie-goodie. Show your reader that you have practical experience of what you’re writing about. Jung was once asked why he didn’t give good advice to his patients. ‘Because they wouldn’t take it,’ he replied. People don’t like just being told how they should think or what they should do, so don’t just tell the soon-to-be student, ‘You should do this… you should not do that.’ You’ll need to give the impression that you are on his side. You will have to write in the first person (‘I’).
Assignment must include the followings
showing evidence of subtlety and sophistication
writes in a cogent, assured, and lucid manner
demonstrates an impressive grasp of the language including absence of unintentional mechanical errors in grammar, punctuation, sentence construction, tense (excluding technical experimentation that is motivated)
displays a width of reading and depth of knowledge
presents conceptually focussed ideas
takes calculated, conscious risks that work
demonstrates a high degree of critical and self-critical awareness
carefully edited, clearly a complete literary work, with few changes or additions suggested
shares a number of features with work awarded the higher grade, but although very good, it is not, finally, sufficiently original or sophisticated to justify the A
makes an intelligent, but perhaps not entirely successful, attempt to approach a topic
demonstrates considerable, if not always successful, use of secondary reading
demonstrates evidence of critical and self-critical awareness