Ksa 2207: creative writing in kiswahili course Description

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Course Description

This course examines the qualities of a good piece of literary art as manifested in the different genres: poetry, the short story, drama and the novel. A critique of selected texts will be used in identifying and describing underlying aspects in the above genres. Students are expected to compose their own works, as part of course assessment.

Course Objectives

  1. To enable students understand and appreciate the artistic elements of a good piece of creative work

  2. To equip students with skills for composing their own literary works

  3. To stimulate and develop students’ competency as independent literary critics

Course Outline

  1. The art of writing: The short story

  1. Short story theories

  2. Observation, Portrait and scenery

  3. Focal point and theme

  4. Motivation

  5. Tone, atmosphere and mood

  6. Organic wholeness, integration, rhythm

  7. How to end a short story

  1. The art of writing: the novel

  1. The concept of fiction

  2. Point of view

  3. Plot

  4. Characterization

  5. Description

  6. Conversation

  7. Scene and background

  1. The art of writing: The Play

  1. Types of Drama

  2. Language and situation

  3. Momentum and suspense, Rhythm

  4. Silence
  5. Techniques of Dialogue

  6. Action and Tension

  7. Character, costume and identity

  8. Plot

  9. Dramatic irony

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. define the qualities of a good piece of literary work for any given genre

  2. compose a coherent and original piece of literary work using acquired techniques

of writing as well as one’s own creative abilities

Mode of Delivery

  • Lectures

  • Group Discussion

  • Role Play

Mode of Assessment

Course work and Oral presentations will contribute 30%

Final Examination will constitute 70%


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  2. magic of writing within you, F&W Publications, Ohio (USA)

  3. Kimani, N and Chimerah, R. (1999): Ufundishaji wa Fasihi: Nadharia na Mbinu, JKF, Nairobi

  4. King’ei, K. na Amata, K. (2000): Taaluma ya Ushairi, Acacia Stantex, Nairobi

  5. Said, A.M. (1985): Kunga za Nathari ya Kiswahili: Tamthilia, Riwaya na Hadithi Fupi, EAEP, Nairobi
  6. Taylor, R. (1981): Understanding the elements of Literature, The Macmillan Press Ltd, London

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