Course details

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Course description

You may be interested in similar undergraduate courses within English, Creative Writing and Publishing. Please refer to our subject page for more information.

What you will study

Year 1Year 1

Code: 4CW506

Ancient Forms: Spoken

This module introduces you to the cultural and historical contexts of contemporary creative and professional writing. It offers you the space to refresh and reconsider basic writing, work and study skills with a view to their application to public creative and professional writing and the fundamentals of the disciplinary culture of creative community.

It also supports and informs the shift from private and personal writing practice towards the habits and skills necessary for writers intending to be read and heard by others. It introduces the theory and creative practice of orality, oral memory, and intangible and verbomotor culture and their application to contemporary creative and professional practice; the ancillary scholarship of traditional culture in its contexts; and the disciplined appraisal and appreciation of oral and traditional cultural forms, and their application to contemporary work and practice.

It provides a basic survey equally applicable as an introduction to the modern literature such as fairy-tale, fantasy, crossover, genre and YA fiction, and the discursive and rhetorical strategies of verbal debate and live discussion.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4CW507

Introduction to Creative Forms

This module furnishes you with a comprehensive, practice-based introduction to the basic requisite skills of public creative and professional writing, the fundamentals of the disciplinary culture of creative community, and the creative writing workshop. It facilitates the shift from private and personal writing practice towards the habits and skills necessary for writers intending to be read by others.

It introduces you to the practices of generating new drafts of work, in response to prompts and/or starting from original concepts; giving, receiving, and sifting constructive and discipline-, craft- and genre-specific feedback in verbal and written form from peers and tutors; basic editing and copy-editing; redrafting; professional presentation of drafts in hard copy and document formats; maintenance of a portfolio of original work; collective self-management of workshop groups; and disciplined written and verbal reflection on individual and group creative and editorial processes, and critical self-evaluation.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4CW508

Introduction to Professional Writing (PDP)

This broad-ranging module will enable you to explore the craft of practical writing in its many forms and contexts. You will examine the structures and constraints imposed by various media, taking into account audience/ readership, style, and format, as well as legal and ethical issues.

The module will be practice based, allowing you the opportunity to hone your writing abilities to a high standard, and giving you an excellent grounding for further study in specialist areas, such as print and broadcast journalism, scriptwriting, corporate communications, and new media. You will be encouraged to develop your own voice through the processes of writing, working in groups, and on individual projects and briefs. There will also be opportunities to engage with current practices from professionals within the relevant industry sectors.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4CW509

Representation and Responsibility

This module fosters your developing awareness of the nature, scope, potential, and limits of the act of writing, through practical, practice-based consideration of issues in the ethics of representation. It supports developing writing practice.

It considers the many-faceted dialogue involved in writing for publication. It invites you to consider the aims and responsibilities that writers implicitly and explicitly incur in the act of writing, including (but not limited to) those in the realms of the personal, representational, artistic, civic, political, cultural, social, commercial and professional.

It uses case studies to encourage you to formulate your own reasoned responses as writers to the challenges involved, and to begin to formulate and defend your own positions by disciplined introspection and constructive debate, as a preparation for the ongoing practical application of your developing insight to inform your writing projects and guide your writing careers.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4CW510

The Writer's Toolbox: Introduction

This module introduces you to independent learning and work habits, in order to make a successful transition to the habits of thought and work required for university study and the sustained pursuit of creative and professional writing as a vocation or career.

It offers you the space to refresh and reconsider basic writing, work and study skills with a fresh view to their application to public creative and professional writing and the fundamentals of the disciplinary culture of creative community. It also supports and informs the shift from private and personal writing practice towards the habits and skills necessary for writers intending to be read by others.

It introduces habits of creative thinking and problem-solving; the poetics of language; grammar, syntax, larger structures and forms, and their creative applications; the basic craft issues in creative and professional writing; larger time- and task-management and independence of career choice and writing life.

It provides a basic introduction to the independent practice of creative and professional writing skills, transferable to other modules, to writing work and study generally, and ultimately to working and writing life beyond university. 

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4CW511

The Writer's Toolbox: Reading for Writing

This module concentrates on reading as the fundamental activity underpinning the act of creating new writing. The philosophy of the module can be stated very simply: the reading and absorption of good books nourishes the potential for good writing.

You will be encouraged on this module to learn from writers; to consider the lessons you can learn from them in terms of style, structure, and theme; to apply these to your own writing; to acknowledge these influences and to reference them appropriately.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.