Depending on whether the course is taken as a joint Honours or a major/minor combination, the balance of the two subject areas varies, but in each year modules extend your writing abilities, whether focused on the creation of texts or the study of an aspect of the English language. In Year 3 you will produce either a single substantial work (novel or play) or a portfolio of shorter work (short fiction or poetry). There is a strong focus on future career opportunities, with a programme of visiting speakers from relevant professional areas, and an opportunity to do an internship within the fields of publishing and theatre in Year 3.
This course combines the opportunity to improve your writing skills with the development of a thorough understanding of the English language. In addition to studying how the language works in its spoken and written forms and the different kinds of English that exist today, the course provides structured support and guidance in the development of writing skills in various genres (the novel, the short story, poetry, drama, and non-fictional writing). Your knowledge and understanding of English will be enhanced by focusing on its aesthetic possibilities. This particular combination is suitable for those interested in pursuing a career in any field that involves the production of texts, such as publishing or journalism, professional writing, or teaching. You could also go on to a career that includes teaching related to language and creative writing, or the highly skilled use of language.
Year 1 (Credit Level 4)
Subjects of study include composition, creative method, and the structure and use of the English language.
Year 2 (Credit Level 5)
Subjects of study include the history of the English language, literary linguistics, world varieties of English, writing poetry, the novel and writing for radio and screen.
Year 3 (Credit Level 6)
As well as the Creative Writing Project, you will be able to choose from topics that include Englishes of the British Isles, language and gender, writing for children, autobiography, and writing a dissertation on a chosen aspect of the English language.
To study creative writing you should submit a portfolio of creative writing (maximum 10,000 words) of an individual or mixture of genres that you have written privately (not as part of a taught course). You may include poetry with prose works, but please do not submit solely poetry.
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