The foundation year will introduce you to study at university and your chosen subject. It also provides a highly supportive environment where you can develop your self-confidence. If you love words and want to work with them, this is the course for you. We will help you to develop your own creative practice and distinctive voice. During the course you’ll dive into creative forms such as fiction, poetry, drama and game narratives. You’ll gain the essential skills for good writing: control of language, precision, imagination and a deep understanding of the context in which you write. Great writers are great readers, and this course is underpinned by a thorough grounding in the literature and ideas that have shaped the contemporary writing scene. In addition to discussing texts in class, you’ll have the opportunity to attend a range of author talks and readings, offering you contact with exciting writers and other industry professionals who will help to inspire your career plans. You’ll study commercial writing, such newspapers, magazines and broadcast media, and learn about marketing techniques, to help you present your best face to employers and the publishing industry. Writing in a variety of styles, voices, and genres, you’ll hone your skills and explore the rich world of writing, tutored by professional writers with a deep knowledge of their craft. Sessions are largely workshop based, with presentations and discussions stemming directly from your own work. We believe that what makes us truly special is our small, friendly team, meaning we can get to know you as an individual and support you every step of the way through personal tutoring. During the course, you'll learn the skills and techniques required to write poetry, prose fiction, nonfiction (including journalism and memoir) and drama for the stage and screen. You'll also develop an understanding of the online world through topics such as social media use and digital design, and you'll have opportunities to share your work and to perform at group readings. Top reasons to study with us
- You’ll have the opportunity to contribute to or even edit our student Creative Writing magazine and perform at live literature events.
- Top 5 in the UK for graduate prospects in the subject area of Creative Writing. Complete University Guide Subject League Table 2023
- You’ll be taught by a specialist team of authors, playwrights, and industry professionals, all with current, real-world experience.
- We take the ‘professional’ part of our name very seriously offering focused learning on topics such as marketing, copywriting and editing.
For a list of core and likely optional modules, please visit our website.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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