Writing Voices

Module code: EN3119

Module co-ordinator: Dr Jonathan Taylor

In this module you will explore the central importance of 'voice' in creative writing. Learning to write is often conceived as a process of 'finding your voice'. While this is useful as a starting point, learning to write well is also a process of finding, imagining and staging other people's voices. We will investigate, through relevant reading and creative practice, forms that depend on staging voices.

Since this is a module about the centrality of voice, you will give a short assessed oral presentation of your own work. You will also be expected to reflect on the ways that your work relates to the wider context of the genre in which you are writing.

Topics covered

  • Dialogue in prose fiction
  • Radio drama
  • Monologues
  • Poetry in performance


  • 20 one-hour seminars


  • Presentation (10%)
  • Creative writing, 3,000-3,500 words (60%)
  • Reflective commentary, 1,000-1,500 words (30%)