In the first year you will have the chance to improve your writing skills, to try out different ways and forms of writing and to explore your own creative processes. In this year, you will engage with a wide range of interesting and challenging texts from different genres and historical periods and will explore some of the analytical, critical and theoretical approaches that will be important for both developing your own writing and for successful academic study.
In the second year, we will offer you compulsory and optional modules, looking more closely at the techniques, craft and processes of writing. There are opportunities in specialist writing genres (examples might include fiction, poetry and screenwriting) and modules that allow you to practice, 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.
In your third year, you'll get the chance to choose to specialise in a particular area that interests you, 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. Recent examples have included 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. You'll be supported throughout the course in developing these skills by the expert writers and researchers who work in the Department of English & Creative Writing.