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GE2405 Creative Writing

評核項目
  • 不設考試
  • 不設小測
  • 設有個人報告
  • 不設小組研習
開辦學期
2017/18 Sem B 2017/18 Sem A 2016/17 Sem B 2015/16 Sem B 2015/16 Sem A 2014/15 Summer 2014/15 Sem B 2014/15 Sem A 2013/14 Sem B 2013/14 Sem A 2012/13 Summer 2012/13 Sem B 2012/13 Sem A 2011/12 Summer 2011/12 Sem B 2011/12 Sem A
平均工作量
A+ (0)
A (1)
A- (3)
B+ (3)
B (1)
B- (1)
C+ (3)
C (1)
C- (0)
D (0)
Fail (0)
Dropped (1)

14 則留言 撰寫留言

2016/17 Sem B

B

有個frd之前讀過話好輕鬆,睇下文、寫少少野就靚grade,睇埋GE guide先reg,點知轉左人教,workload勁多:

一大堆Readings + Fiction (Draft) + Fiction (Revised) + 兩份Essay + Poem (Draft) + Poems x 3 (Revised) + Play (Group ; ~10 - 15mins)

交左draft下堂就要圍圈互評,即係你除左readings要睇埋其他人(起碼3、4個人)既fiction。
明明係GE course 但係我用既時間仲多過喺自己既core,佢知道有人冇睇Readings 就會鞋口鞋面,仲要每堂都take attendance,比佢label左你既話就爛硬grade

我自己唔太介意比人評,因為我知自己寫得麻麻,不過我個班唔少人都好抗拒,周不時氣氛都幾尷尬。Fiction佢比分除左捉grammar,仲會睇埋setting同內容有冇矛盾,同埋好抗拒cliche;Poem就相對鬆手少少。

我平時用中文寫野多,仲要交漏左一首詩,拎到B已經要還神。如果見到係marco 教,諗清楚先好reg 。

2016/17 Sem B

A-

Marco Yan is very subjective. The whole experience was terrible: extremely stressful.

For anyone who loves writing, it's going to be a disheartening experience. Yes, he did ask students to offer positive responses, but negative comments prevail in the discussion.

I wrote whatever he likes. But I hate the experience.

Marco Yan does not like teaching 'stupid' students... If you would like to have a kind teacher who offers you the guidance that you well deserve as a student, find another one who appreciates your effort in trial and error.

EN's Simon Berry is a much better teacher. He cares for everyone's feelings even if he has to say something negative about your writing.

If you love creative writing, find a teacher who cares. Not Marco Yan, he cares his but not your self-esteem.

2016/17 Sem B

B+

I know a lot of my classmates have never liked him at all. But hey, just because he may not be a right teacher for you, it doesn't mean he cannot be a right teacher (at least for someone else.) Liking him or not is a personal choice, but I want to say something to anyone who is considering to take this course in the future. Don't let the comments full of attacks below guide you, know what you want first. In case he will happen to be the creative writing teacher here again, dealing with him can be tough. Especially if you are only aiming to clean your credits, this course will NEVER be one of those you are looking for. The workload honestly could be the heaviest you would ever be put on. Also you would be encouraged to aim for perfection. Last but not least, you would have to get used to giving comments to others and be commented by others on your work. IN PERSON. Don't say I didn't remind you, if you are not comfortable of giving and being given comments, you will really have to reconsider whether you want to take this course or not. Not just Marco's, but any other creative writing workshops led by someone else. Good luck to anyone who has the passion for creative writing.

Final pro tip: if Marco doesn't like your work and give you a bad grade, forget them. Please know that Marco is only one of your many readers.

2016/17 Sem B

B+

The class is interactive and the readings are interesting.

The comments from the tutor were helpful, my story improved a lot in the final draft.

The peer review is useful because I learn from reading and making comments on my classmates works. The tutor told us to say positive things about each other's work. Before criticisms.

The reading load is a bit too much, but the msterials are inspiring

2016/17 Sem B

C+

I always get As in all literature and ENglish writing classes. I worked hard during the course and I get C+.

This tutor, Marco Yan, is extremely mean and harsh. It seems that he likes teaching in the beginning, but soon I found out that I was wrong, because he kept on critising his students' works. Although the course stresses 'creativity', it does not mean that you feel free to create your story.

Example 1:
Student A wrote about loneliness. He compared the weight of loneliness to that of a heavy ceiling which seemed to be falling upon him.
Marco Yan said it is overwhelmingly exaggerating. He did not offer any help to the student except for offering a harsh comment.

Example 2:
Student B drafted a story, Marco Yan kept critising it as unreal, with many grammatical errors and gave a very bad grade: C.
It was Student's first draft.
NO leniency to the first draft.

Example 3:
Student C said Student D's work was badly written. Marco Yan did not stop the harsh criticism. Instead, he looked very happy to see other students joined in the harsh criticism.
I wondered if it was ethical as a teacher to encourage a negative, harmful discussion.
Marco Yan claimed that he would ensure the quality of discussion at the start of the semester, but then he became the person who was the happiest with disrespectful comments.

Marco Yan created so much stress for me and my friends, we could hardly feel confident of our writing anymore. Everyone sitting in the class looked tense, because you would have to either attack others or be attacked by others.

I never had any writing blocks, but it happened to me during the course of Creative Writing instructed by Marco Yan.

2016/17 Sem B

C+

Readings and assignments would kill you. Please don't. You will regret. Honestly, I swear I have paid great effort in this course but this grade is sheerly disappointing. The judging criteria is way too vague. If you think you may not be creative enough to please the tutor, then never register this course, no matter how brilliant your English is.

2016/17 Sem B

B+

Marco Yan shows favouritism towards some students in particular. His teaching? Like he dare tell students that 'lamb' only means food, haha! He also says the angels in bible and goddesses in Greek Mythology are the same. Wow! Okay, take his class if you like. Most my classmates get C from him.

The class can be extremely stressful. He encourages students to criticise each other negatively. C'mon your first language isn't English, you try to write a long story but you don't know how to write it well, you are told that you are strange you write badly you create confusion you are incapable, and then Marco Yan claps his hands, taps his feet, shows his excitement of seeing you being criticised. You won't be that miserable if you are his favourite though.

He is absolutely demanding. Too much work!

2015/16 Sem A

A-

I enjoyed this class tremendously, partly because the lecturer was just a chill guy who knew how to treat his students like they were actually adults.

He goes through different creative writing types like poetry and short writing slowly to make sure we don't just jump into something we don't know. He encourages class participation and no joke, after he read my poem.. He gave me a few short comments in person but like 5 hours later, he e-mailed me a long constructive feedback which was so useful and really touching because he actually appreciates our effort.

Since Christopher Hill is no longer teaching this course, I recommend you to sit in other lecturer's classes and see if they're at least a little bit chill because if you're going to do something like creative writing, I don't think you'd want a dictator.

Very happy with this course! :)

2013/14 Sem B

A

Total 3份assignment, 寫詩,寫故事,寫劇本(group work), 仲有participation 分
自問英文唔好, 但覺得最主要係睇下佢中唔中意你個idea, 多過你英文好唔好。
Alicia 幾好人, 雖然有d hea。

2012/13 Sem A

A-

每堂课开始有小测验,就是一个问题,一行话就答完。只是迟到就没得拿。
整堂课分三个module:诗歌、小说和剧本。每一项都有一个exercise和一个大assignment,后者在长度和分数比重上约是前者的2-3倍。
reading数量一般,其中一半真的是让人会想反复咀嚼的。我留作收藏。
写作这件事当然见仁见智了。因为我的小说assignment得了90分,其他部分都有75-85的成绩,小测验只错过半道,所以有A-拿。