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Saturday 17 November 2018
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  • Roehampton is ranked fourth in London for creative writing (Complete University Guide 2019).
  • We offer a constantly evolving range of cutting-edge modules. Students have recently explored writing for computer games, graphic novels and television.
  • We’re one of the few universities covering 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.

Summary

Taught by published, working writers (including acclaimed poets, novelists, journalists and screenwriters), our BA Creative Writing degree introduces writing practice to you in four main forms: fiction, nonfiction, poetry and screenwriting.

As you explore the technical craft and process of writing, you'll develop your skills as a writer, as well as other key abilities such as research and critical analysis.

This is one of the longest-established creative writing degree courses in London and one of only a few courses in the UK to offer innovative fiction and poetry, copywriting and a strong non-fiction strand.

Recent examples of the wide-ranging modules we offer include Travel Writing (with an opportunity to study abroad), Screenwriting, Publishing from Book to Internet, and the History, Theory and Performance of Stand-up Comedy.

While studying writing, and honing your own writing abilities, you will also acquire skills you’ll need to succeed in your career, with modules on how to write to industry representatives, and excellent career resources.

Through our thriving partnerships with Wimbledon Bookfest, Barnes Children's Literature Festival and with local schools in London and the south east, you’ll have the chance to volunteer or undertake paid work experience during your time with us. We also have our in-house publishing imprint, Fincham Press, meaning you could see your work published or be involved in publishing other people’s work.

Roehampton has a vibrant research culture and a rolling programme of fellowships. Special workshops and seminars are organised every year, with industry professionals such as editors, screenwriters, graphic novelists and published authors. Our annual Creative Writing Day Soiree is another popular event, being a student-organised evening of readings from current students, alumni and industry guests – who will also be sharing their insights and tips with you.

Due to the interrelationship of the two disciplines, you can choose to study creative writing combined with English literature.

Year one

  • Start to think like a writer, improve your writing skills, try out different forms of writing and explore your own creative processes.
  • Engage with ideas of voice and style and explore the history of creative writing, through studying a wide range of interesting and challenging texts.
  • Modules you may study include Writing London, where you will explore ways in which our city can act as source, setting and inspiration for creative writing. As part of this module, you can visit some of London’s cultural landmarks, including the South Bank, the Poetry Library, Dickens House, the Museum of London, the Imperial War Museum, Hogarth’s London and places mentioned in seminal London novels.

Year two

  • Look more closely at the techniques, craft and processes of writing.
  • Study specialist writing genres (such as fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting, writing for children, graphic narratives or writing songs and lyrics).
  • Practise, analyse and criticise specific forms of writing.
  • Take modules in other degree courses or spend your spring term abroad at one of our partner institutions. Our Beyond London module consists of a week of intensive writing and study on location in Paris.

Year three

  • Be introduced to the wider context in which writers work: the world of publishers and agents, as well as marketers, sellers and critics, who all act as gatekeepers to the reading or viewing public.
  • Specialise in a particular area that interests you and, as a single honours student, choose a creative dissertation pathway such as novel writing, innovative form (poetry/fiction), poetry, screenwriting or publishing.

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
Professional Practice

Combined honours

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

Year 2

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 for Performance
Writing on the Screen
Writing Multicultural Britain
Children's Literature in Context
Literature and Media

Required modules for students on Study Abroad

Contextual Writing Practice

Combined honours

Compulsory modules

Writing Contexts 2: The Process of Writing

Optional modules
Writing Fiction 1: Introduction to Narrative
Writing Fiction 2: Advanced Narrative
Telling True Stories
Writing Poetry
Beyond London: Writing Place
Writing for Performance
Writing on the Screen

Required modules for students on Study Abroad

Contextual Writing Practice


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
Diaspora Voices
Literature on Screen
Perspectives on Children’s Literature
Screenwriting Project

Combined honours

Compulsory Modules
Writing Contexts 3: the Business of Writing

Optional Modules
Novel Writing
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
Screenwriting Project

 

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.

You will be equipped to go into freelance writing, screenwriting, the gaming industry, television and film, arts and literary events management, teaching and the publishing industry.

Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.

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.