Why study at Roehampton
- Cutting edge modules such as those on Writing for Gaming and the Internet give students a pathway into modern industries.
- We are one of few UK universities in offering a range of specialisms from nonfiction to Writing for Children to Graphic Novels as a standard part of a creative writing degree.
- We provide an ideal platform for students looking to publish their work. We publish students work online in “Roehampton Writes” and have our own Fincham Press, to publish student anthologies.
Taught by published, working writers (including acclaimed poets, novelists, journalists and screenwriters), the course introduces writing practice in four main forms: fiction, non-fiction, poetry and screenwriting. As students explore the technical craft and process of writing, they will develop their skills as a writer and other key transferable skills such as research and critical analysis.
- It is one of only a few Creative Writing courses in the UK to offer innovative fiction and poetry and a strong non-fiction strand.
- Specialist options include writing for children, travel writing (with an opportunity to study abroad), screenwriting, writing for the internet, and stand-up comedy.
- A third-year core module introduces you to writing industry representatives.
- Roehampton has a rolling programme of fellowships – current holders are the writers Ian Sinclair and Melvyn Burgess.
You are asked to examine, consolidate and improve your writing skills, to try out different ways and forms of writing and to explore your own creative processes. In this first year, you are also asked to engage with a wide range of challenging texts from different genres and historical periods and to explore some of the analytical, critical and theoretical approaches that will be important for both developing your own writing and successful academic study.
You take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, looking more closely at the techniques, craft and processes of writing. There are opportunities in specialist writing genres (including fiction, poetry and screenwriting) and modules that allow you to practise, analyse and criticise specific forms of writing. You also have access to cross-listed modules in other programmes and the opportunity to spend a term abroad at one of our exchange institutions.
You may choose to specialise in one particular area of interest, which also provides a path toward an MA or an MRes in Creative and Professional Writing. Alternatively, you can elect to continue to explore diverse writing genres contained in a rolling offer of modules, including adaptation, drama-documentary, graphic narratives, innovative forms of fiction and poetry, novel writing, writing for a child audience, writing and publishing for the internet, and writing songs and lyrics.
Self-evaluation, reflection and critical awareness play a significant part in the assessment of written work.
Our main Research Centre is ReWrite – Centre for Research in Creative and Professional Writing. We are also linked to the following Research Centres:
- Writing London
- Writing Digitally: Videogames and Interactive Narratives
- Graphic Narratives
Our graduates enter a range of professions in screenwriting, the gaming industry, television and film, arts and literary events management, teaching and within the publishing industry in editorial roles.