Creative and Professional Writing

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  • Roehampton is ranked fifth in London for creative writing (Complete University Guide 2021).
  • We offer a constantly evolving range of cutting-edge modules. Students have recently explored writing for computer games, graphic novels and television.
  • Few universities cover so many writing topics, including non-fiction and copywriting.
  • This is the ideal platform for students looking to publish online and in our own Fincham Press.
  • Roehampton is ranked in the top 8 universities in the UK for graduate salaries for English and Creative Writing (LEO 2020)
  • 96% of Creative Writing students are satisfied overall with their degree (NSS 2020)

Summary

This practical and versatile degree is designed for those who seek a career with writing at its heart.

Everybody on the programme is a writer and we treat our students as writers from the moment they start; academics and students come together over their shared passion for writing and all who teach you will understand the joy that you will feel when you see your first poem, article, or story appear in print.

During your three years at Roehampton you’ll work with a range published authors, journalists, copywriters, poets and screenwriters — all here for the sole purpose of helping you become the best writer that you can be. You will be part of a lively writing community that offers readings, a writers’ society and access to London’s rich creative scene, plus workshops with industry professionals from a range of writing specialisms.

Assessment is structured in a way that allows students to build a portfolio of their work as the course progresses, equipping you with a valuable tool for job-hunting once you graduate.

Through our thriving partnerships with Wimbledon Bookfest and the Barnes Children's Literature Festival you’ll have the chance to volunteer or undertake paid work experience during your time with us. 

Roehampton’s own publisher
At Roehampton you’ll have the opportunity to see your work in print long before graduation, because the university owns a publishing house, Fincham Press. Every year Fincham Press brings out an anthology of the best student writing, and it’s available to explore development opportunities for individual student publications. Fincham Press serves as an inspiring education and entry into the world of formal publishing. Click here to view a sample of current students' work to be published in May 2021, entitled All That Glitters.

Our first year provides an introduction. Freedom and variety is important. Your work will cover a range of writing styles, offering you the chance to find your field of interest . You will explore methods for developing creativity and overcoming occasional bouts of writer’s block.

In your second year, modules go deeper into areas of particular interest. Students branch out into a wider range of creative and professional fields.

The third year concludes with a Creative Dissertation which can lead to a complete manuscript which you can submit to a publisher or agent.

Here are some of the varied range of modules we currently offer:

Year 1

Compulsory modules 

Introduction to Creative Writing 1
Introduction to Creative Writing 2
Writing Contexts 1: Thinking Like a Writer

Required modules
The Art of Persuasion: Essays and Speeches
Writing London
Creative Attention: Seeing, Doing and Being
Professional Practice

Combined honours

Introduction to Creative Writing 1
Introduction to Creative Writing 2
Writing Contexts 1: Thinking Like a Writer

Year 2

Single honours

Compulsory Modules
Writing Contexts 2: The Process of Writing
Writing Fiction 1: Introduction to Narrative
Writing Poetry

Optional Modules
Writing Fiction 2: Advanced Narrative
Telling True Stories
Beyond London: Writing Place
Writing, Performance, Art
Writing Multicultural Britain
Children's Literature in Context
Literature and Media
Introduction to Screenwriting

Combined honours

Compulsory modules
Writing Contexts 2: The Process of Writing

Optional modules
Writing Fiction 2: Advanced Narrative
Telling True Stories
Beyond London: Writing Place
Writing, Performance, Art
Writing Multicultural Britain
Children's Literature in Context
Literature and Media
Introduction to Screenwriting

Study Abroad

Required modules for students on Study Abroad

Contextual Writing Practice

The following module is only available for students on Study Abroad

Hidden London


Year 3

Compulsory Modules
Writing Contexts 3: the Business of Writing

Optional Modules
Novel Writing
Creative Dissertation
Poetry and Innovative Form
Fiction and Innovative Form
Gaming and Interactive Narratives
Publishing: From Book to Internet
Readings, Festivals and Events
Visual Storytelling
Comics and Children's Books
Rewriting London: Text, Film, Image
Copywriting
Diaspora Voices
Literature and Cinema
Perspectives on Children’s Literature
Professional Screenwriting

 

Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

After graduation, you will be able to use those passions and abilities to make a good living. A degree in Creative and Professional Writing is recognised as one of the best degrees that you can have in order to get ahead in many different areas.

On graduation, you’ll be ready for the workplace. Industry-facing modules such as The Business of Writing, and Professional Copywriting provide specific skill-sets for employment. All of our modules hone your writing and develop your communication skills. Creative Writing graduates go on to become journalists, copywriters, podcasters, librarians, proofreaders, teachers, marketing experts, social media specialists, and email marketers. That’s on top of those who become novelists, poets, screenwriters and playwrights. And this is a far from definitive list.

Dr Tim Atkins
Senior Lecturer

Tim Atkins

Hi I’m Tim, the Programme Convenor for BA Creative and Professional Writing and I teach poetry, well-being and copywriting. I love spending my days at work reading and talking with the writers of tomorrow! Here’s a snapshot of some of my more offbeat achievements: I've read my work for Pussy Riot in the Houses of Parliament and I've taught at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in the Rocky Mountains. I've had a Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year and my writing has appeared in public loos in the capital of Lithuania. My website onedit has been archived by the British Library. I've written one book about my oldest daughter (Koto Y Yo) and have actually written a book with my youngest daughter (A Daughter Is A Machine Made of Words). I hope to be reading your work and talking with you soon.

Professor Peter Jaeger

Peter Jaeger

I’m Peter and I was the first lecturer to be hired in our Creative Writing Programme, way back in 2003. As a teacher, I try to find out what students want to do with their writing and then support them in realising their literary goals. Along the way, I introduce exercises and assignments to help them boost their creativity, practical skills, and understanding. My research interests include ecological fiction and poetry, as well as the relationship between spirituality and writing in our 21st century context.

During lockdown, Roehampton's Dr Andy Kesson got together with a group of academics to create a remarkable online video community called A Bit Lit. The idea was to celebrate and share creativity and research in the arts and humanities - particularly literature and writing.  

You can read all the contributions made to A Bit Lit by Roehampton staff here. Or you can access the entire community's output via its website or its YouTube channel.  

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Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.

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