Minor in Creative Writing

UCAS code: Your UCAS code will be the code of your Major.

Available for students starting in September 2019.

If you choose a Minor in Creative Writing you will study a range of key creative writing themes, ranging from fiction to feature journalism, and from poetry to screenwriting. You will perform your work in public and also write literary reviews, allowing you to learn the professional skills which will build your confidence for life after graduation. You will also come to understand the wider professional writing industries including film, publishing, editing, performance and literary events.

This course is closely linked to the Centre for New Writing, the University’s dynamic research centre for all forms of innovative writing. With a huge range of resources and multiple free author events, social gatherings, open mic nights and more, the environment for budding writers is always lively, engaging, rigorous but fun.

Year 1

In your first year you will be introduced to the core craft elements of writing fiction, poetry, screenplays and creative non-fiction (including feature journalism, memoir and travel writing). You will be taught through a combination of lectures, writing workshops, film screenings, readings and talks by guest authors and industry professionals.


Year 2

In your second year you will develop your writing skills across different forms and genres. You will learn how to find inspiration and improve your own writing through research and practice, reflecting on your own and others' work. You will also learn how to write popular literary reviews for magazines and newspapers, and how to keep a writing journal. You will be taught in a series of lectures, writing workshops, talks by guest speakers, field research and visits to author events.


Year 3

In the first semester of the third year you will choose from advanced creative writing modules in various forms and genres, that may include prose fiction, poetry, writing for performance and writing comedy. In the final semester you will choose between modules that will develop your creative skills when applied to the workplace, either as a professional writer, through working with writers in the community, or in the publishing, screen and other writing-related industries.


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Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this minor.

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On a Major/Minor degree you study a core area in depth (your major subject), while also exploring an additional area (in this case Creative Writing).

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