Conclusion: Part 2 Creative Reading


Demonstration of subject based knowledge and understanding
Broad and comparative understanding of subject content, knowledge of the appropriate historical, intellectual, cultural or institutional contexts.

Even though I considered myself a competent writer I got more than I could have imagined from this part of the course. I realise that I had never really learnt to do a close reading and look for the underlying themes so this learning and practice has been invaluable. I also now have a much more thorough understanding of some of the tools that writer’s use (Hero’s journey), character archetypes, narrative viewpoint and poetic devices.

Demonstration of research skills
Information retrieval and organisation, use of IT to assist research, ability to evaluate IT sources, the ability to design and carry out a research project, locate and evaluate evidence from a wide range of primary and secondary sources (visual, oral, aural or textual)

While reading I have learnt to look out for the devices above and also for underlying themes and meaning rather than simply skim reading for the action while taking in very little. To be honest, I didn’t realise how shallow my  reading had become. This is invaluable learning. It’s no good being IT competent and knowing where to find information if you don’t have the skills to read, assimilate and understand.

Demonstration of critical and evaluation skills
Engagements with concepts, values and debates, evidence of analysis, reflection, critical thinking, synthesis, interpretation in relation to relevant issues and enquiries.

The lessons above about close reading and deeper understanding are relevant here and have undoubtedly led to improvement and greater confidence in my critical and evaluation skills. I have also found great pleasure in gaining more from the poetry, books and film that were part of this course and will take this with me through all the avenues of my life.

The ability to communicate ideas and knowledge in written and spoken form, including presentation skills.

Widening my knowledge of narrative techniques and devices and learning to read more closely can only have a positive impact on my written and communication skills. I am beginning to feel more confident about voicing my personal views because they are starting to be based upon sound reasoning that I could support if challenged.

Additional notes related to my own practice as an artist
I’m interested in the use of text in art and the skills of traditional signwriting. The idea that a poem or story may have no fixed form (i.e. shift around) or any fixed beginning or end has stuck in my mind. This is not new of course – the game of consequences that I used to enjoy as a child is an example of how stories can be written with no fixed  outcome… it doesn’t need technology to achieve this. I’m thinking about how the surrealist poetry of someone like Paul Éluard (1895-1952) which already feels quite random in its construction could be split up and rearranged, written perhaps on stones that could be moved about so it could be reconstructed and reinterpreted. I’ve also started to think about how different languages could be used together.

I am reminding myself to refer back to the notebook of written observations that I kept during this part of the course as there are some ‘found texts’ in there and this concept is one I am keep to develop.