Busy week on A363, Advanced Creative Writing

Should have been at the theatre in half an hour (remember, dick-a-dum-dum?), but since they haven’t phoned to say they’ve resold our tickets I guess there’ll be two empty seats.  Hope he doesn’t take it personally.

This has been a busy week on OU stuff.

TMA4 was returned on Monday, and not only was the EMA plan acceptable to the tutor, but it also shows up on the score record as 100%!  Such a shame it doesn’t count when aggregating the bottom line.  Mind you, the tutor did point out that I had bitten off quite a big challenge with the life-writing I want to do, but I think I’m up to it.

TMA5 whizzed off to the OU via that awful submit button yesterday.  Not due until next Thursday, but last night I cracked the thing that had been bugging me for weeks.  It was in the villanelle.  Although using the strict form the refrain gets repeated throughout the poem, I really really wanted to give it a subtle variation the final time it appears on the penultimate line.  Changing punctuation would have worked, and I changed it, changed it back, changed it again (get the picture?), but I wanted more than that.  At last, I found that simply swapping two words around did the trick and I suddenly felt this huge sense of relief.  So I wrapped it up and sent off my 105 lines.  Even if doing poetry turns out to be a huge mistook, I’ve absolutely enjoyed writing it, especially those foody sonnets!

Last night, I noticed a message on my student home page about transitional fees.  Apparently we have to indicate now, which qualification we are going for under the transitional arrangements.  Easy for me, because I’m now just one (but a big one) module away from my BA(Hons).  So I clicked confidently on the button to register, but the only choices open were BA or ‘Something Else’, no BA(Hons).  Now, the rule for the TFs is that they allow you to complete your undergraduate qualification under the existing fee structure (for me, £700 instead of £2500).  So now I’m wondering if the TFs only last until the ordinary degree is complete, and the Hons year isn’t covered.  Email sent, awaiting reply, biting fingernails.

A clear path to the A363 EMA, then!  TMA6 is the Mk2 plan, due in on 5th April, and the final EMA submission has to sent by 17th May.  I’m about halfway through and currently have brain block, but there’s loads of time and this is a piece of fictionalised family history I want to write for me, never mind the EMA, so all will be well.

Like I said, a busy week!

 

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3 responses to “Busy week on A363, Advanced Creative Writing

  1. Re: the (hons) qualification. I just registered for my transitional qualification psychology (hons), previously I changed from four years to six when I added the (hons) part, so basically yes, you’ll be able to register. I think perhaps you should have clicked ‘something else’ and then navigated to the hons qualification, which possibly has a different code to the ordinary (sans hons) one. It’s just, in other words, a technical issue that the OU will no doubt iron out for you.

    I loved A363, did it last year.

  2. Many thanks for this.
    I tried the ‘Something Else’ route but didn’t find what I was looking for. Will try again though, and if not will wait patiently for the OU to reply!
    For me, A363 has improved with the passage of time. As soon as I realised that ignoring anything to do with ‘Violin Lessons’ was OK, it suddenly felt much better 🙂

  3. In case anyone’s following this, the OU emailed back that ticking the BA/BSc Degree box was fine, and that the TFs would be granted automatically for the (Hons) courses. So I did. And kept a dozen copies of their email, just in case!

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