- Roehampton is ranked 3rd in London for Creative Writing (Complete University Guide 2019).
- 100% of students on this Creative Writing degree are satisfied with their experience (National Student Survey 2017)
- We offer a constantly evolving range of cutting-edge modules. Recent examples have explored writing for computer games, for graphic novels and for television.
- We are one of the few universities covering so many writing subjects, from non-fiction to writing for children.
- We offer the ideal platform for students looking to publish online and in our own Fincham Press.
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 on this BA in Creative 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 and a strong non-fiction strand. Recent examples of the exciting modules we offer have included travel writing (with an opportunity to study abroad), screenwriting, publishing from book to internet and the history, theory and performance of stand-up comedy. We are also focussed on equipping you with the skills you’ll need to succeed in your career with modules on how to write to industry representatives and we provide excellent career resources.
We have thriving partnerships with Wimbledon Bookfest, Barnes Children's Literature Festival and with local schools in London and the south-east, providing you with the chance to volunteer or undertake paid work experience during your time at Roehampton. 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 – the current holder is the award-winning author Adam Foulds. Special workshops and seminars are organised every year with industry professionals such as editors, screenwriters, graphic novelists, and published authors. The year is rounded off with our annual Creative Writing Day Soiree, a student-organised evening of readings from current students, alumni and industry guests – who will also be sharing their insights and top tips with you.
Due to the interrelationship of the two disciplines, you can choose to study Creative Writing combined with English Literature.
The quality of this course is reflected in official surveys, with the most recent figures showing 100% of our students are satisfied with their experience (National Student Survey 2017).
In the first year, you’ll start to think like a writer, improving your writing skills, trying out different forms of writing and exploring your own creative processes. You’ll 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. The module also includes visits to some of London’s cultural landmarks, which have included 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.
In the second year, you’ll look more closely at the techniques, craft and processes of writing. There are opportunities to study specialist writing genres (examples might include fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting, writing for children, graphic narratives and writing songs and lyrics) and modules that allow you to practice, analyse and criticise specific forms of writing. You also have access to modules in other degree courses and the opportunity to spend the spring term abroad at one of our partner institutions.
In your third year, you’ll 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. There will also be an opportunity for you to specialise in a particular area that interests you and single-honours students will choose a creative dissertation pathway which may include novel writing, innovative form (poetry/fiction), poetry, screenwriting and publishing.
Here are some of the varied range of modules we currently offer:
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
Writing Contexts 3: the Business of Writing
Poetry and Innovative Form
Fiction and Innovative Form
Publishing: From Book to Internet
Readings, Festivals and Events
Comics and Children's Books
Literature on Screen
Perspectives on Children’s Literature
Rewriting London: Text, Film, Image
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, 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.
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.