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Creative Writing 020413

Creative Writing 020413

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Creative Writing courses
Guidelines or submission or ormal assessment 
Look at OCA's Student Support Guide
 Assessments and how to get qualifed,
availableto download rom, OCA's student website:oca-student.com. This will tell you about the assessment process. Also look out or videos and other tips on assessment that areposted onweareoca.com. Look out or updates on these guidelines onoca-student. comDigital Submissions
Please note that all written work (tutor reports, learning logs and blogs do not have to be printed out, i they are submitted digitally) submitted or assessment MUST be submitted digitally as well as printed out andsubmitted on paper along with the rest o your submission. Digital work should be submitted toassessment@oca-uk.com,clearly stating your name, student number, the course name and what the digital work attachedis (eg critical review, essay etc) This is a requirement and is to enable OCA to carry out plagiarism checks onwork, and a requirement o our validation with the University or the Creative Arts.I you are submitting an entirely digital portolio on CD or a USB stick, or entirely via a blog, only a sustainedpiece o writing (such as an essay or creative reading commentary) needs to be sent toassessment@oca-uk.comas well as printed out and submitted or assessment in hard copy.
If you are submitting work on a USB stick or a CD please ensure you check it thoroughly for viruses beforeyou send it in.
What to submit 
Level one (HE level 4)
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 Three out o the our redrated course assignments o your choice. (ie not assignment 1) For each one,also submit your original tutor annotated assignment. (See the course book or an indication o therequired word length or each assignment.)
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 Your nal refective commentary o the entire course (between 1,000 and 1,500 words), not the shorterrefective commentaries written with the earlier assignments.
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 All tutor report orms.
 
Level two (HE level 5)
 
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 Your three best redrated course assignments. These should be a minimum o 2,500 words and up to amaximum o 3,000 words each. For poetry these word counts are not applicable. (Please reer to yourcourse assignments or details). For each one, also submit your original tutor annotated assignment.
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 A 2,000 word creative reading commentary. This should be submitted as a sixth assignment, but youshould be working on this along side your other work (send both physical and digital copies).
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 Your refective commentary (between 1,500 and 2,000 words).
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 All tutor report orms.
Level three (HE level 6)
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 Your three best redrated course assignments. (2,500 -4,000 words each) For poetry these word countsare not applicable. (Please reer to your course assignments or details).
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For each one, also submit your original tutor annotated assignment.
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 A 2,500 -3,500 word creative reading commentary (send both physical and digital copies).
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 Your refective commentary (between 1,500 and 2,000 words).
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 All tutor report orms
Please note that i your tutor has annotated your written work, then you must submit the annotated version o the written work as well as the nal version.
 All Creative Writing submissions should be submitted in hard copy, with a digital copy back up emailedtoassessment@oca-uk.com. The email should be clearly titled with your name and student number.
Presentation
Work or all Creative Writing courses submitted or Assessment should be presented in a older that holds thework together. You must include a contents list. This could be a ring-plan older, a older containing integralplastic page holders, or any similar older. Work presented without a older (or instance in an envelope, paper-clipped into sections), is likely to get out o order or even lost in a busy oce. You must also number eachpage and include the heading on the top o each and every page you submit. Label your work clearly ensuringthat you make it clear which are the original submissions and which are the revised versions, in which youhave responded to tutor eedback.Present your le o work in three separate parts – the three best assignments you are presenting as yoursubmission – each o these parts beginning with your tutor annotated original work, ollowed by the relevant tutor report and nally the best redrat you can make o this original work. Use your judgement to submit thebest three assignments, you will gain marks or picking the best three. Making a good selection o your workis really important, since it shows judgement. Don’t submit everything, you will lose marks i you do. Separateeach item by a le divider or similar, stating what is coming next.I you have been asked to write a creative reading commentary at levels 2 and 3 (also known as a criticalreview), enclose this, placing it either rst or last, and separating it with some orm o divider or rontispiece.
 
Refective Commentary 
Finally enclose your refective commentary, placing it rst or last, so long as you make it clear this is thecommentary. Do not split it into three and enclose with each assignment presentation; it should be a singlepiece o work. Remember that you should have used your writing diary (also known as a learning log) torecord your thoughts on the writing process, and your progressions in the work you do but you do not submit this. You use your refective commentary to show extracts or a précis o your writing diary. The refectivecommentary creates a context or the presentation o your creative work and shows that you have brought together your thinking on the creative process. Your refective commentary should articulate your writing journey on each piece o work, showing how and why you have made changes to each drat. The refectivecommentary is an essential element o the assessment portolio.
Word Length
 Although it is very important to stay within the word – count limits or the redrated work you send (doing socan aect your mark), this does not apply to your original tutor-marked work, which should in any case allroughly within the limits.
Formatting
Work should be presented on one side only o A4 white paper, double-spaced with wide margins. The ont should be big enough to read without diculty; 12 point size, or instance. Do not use any orm o elaborateont. Number your pages wherever possible and include your name and student number on every page. It isbest i you can present your work as i submitting to a publisher; that is, in Manuscript Format, with indentedparagraphs, a header or ooter to enclose page numbers and centralized headings. Full stops should sit squarely next to the nal word in the sentence. Either style o speech mark is acceptable. Footnotes rarely haveany place in creative writing, but i you need them (or instance in your creative reading commentary), placethem on the relevant pages, rather than the end. Hand-written manuscripts are acceptable in exceptionalcircumstances and must be agreed with OCA prior to submission.
What not to Enclose
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Do not enclose your writing diary (or learning log or learning blog). Conusion oten arises here, becauseonly Creative Writing submissions should omit this rom their submission. Your Refective Commentary replaces the Log -and what you submit or assessment is a summary or synthesis o it, and should includea refective account o how you believe you developed as a writer during your course.
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Do not present your work as a scrapbook, or within individual plastic page holders without some sort o retainer – they slide about ar too easily.
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Do not enclose more than three assignments' work.
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Do not send more than one copy o each nal version you have selected to submit and one (the rst i there were several) tutor annotated drats o it.
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Do not enclose any urther communication or the assessor such as a covering letter or an explanation o texts, illustrations, or photographs. These will not be assessed.

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