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What makes Creative & Professional Writing at Worcester special?

The Creative & Professional Writing course at Worcester is designed to challenge and inspire you to maximise your creative potential.

The emphasis is upon learning through practice, and our varied coursework will hone your skills as a practitioner and writer.  Our coursework will provide you with a ‘tool-kit’ of valuable resources and our graduates are finding that their skills are highly prized in the 21st century workplace.

Creative and Professional Writing is currently studied as part of a joint honours degree with another subject

For updates and general information concerning events and activities in the English Subject Area, including Creative Writing, see our official blog.

Key features

  • Kick-start your writing on intensive, fun, ice-breaker Retreats that foster lifelong friendships and collaborations, and build confidence - described by students as 'the best weekend of my life'
  • Write for publication from the first week; get published online and in print; edit our in-house magazines
  • Tailor your degree to your interests by studying Creative & Professional Writing in combination with another subject
  • Work placements at Literary & Poetry Festivals, PR offices, the National Trust, educational institutions, web designers, theatre production companies, WorcsTV station, publishers, authors, even a jazz magazine

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

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UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

104 UCAS tariff points

 

Other information

We also encourage mature and International applicants to apply with relevant qualifications and/or experience.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905-855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be found at http://www.ucas.com

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1

Introduction to Writing

A foundational, year-long mandatory module that provides you with a strong foundation in creating characters, dialogue, story structure and writing for a range of formats including poetry, short fiction and non-fiction.

Optional Modules

You also choose two from the following list of optional modules.  These are designed to help you build upon the writing skills that developed in the foundational module, Introduction to Writing.

  • Life Writing 
  • Writing Poetry
  • Inspiration for Writers
  • Creativity in Women's Writing: Difference in View
  • Early Modern English Literature
  • Introduction to Feature Writing

Year 2

Writer as Researcher 

A year-long module that has the Writer as Researcher at its core.  You will examine editorial processes and the ways research and theoretical perspectives can enrich your work.  This study supports the creation of a new piece of work.

Optional Modules

You have the chance to develop your abilities to write across a range of genres and media, by choosing from two or three of the following optional modules:

  • Environmental Writing
  • Writing for Children
  • Intermediate Feature Writing
  • Playwriting

Year 3

Extended Writing Project

This provides the opportunity to stretch your skills in the writing of a full-length novel, a collection of short fiction, non-fiction or poetry. 

Optional Modules

You also further develop your talents and gain more industry experience in preparation for graduating, by choosing from two or three of the following optional modules:

  • Career and Project Module
  • Hypertexts - Creative Writing in a Digital Culture
  • Contemporary Poetry
  • Writing for Performance

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

You will learn how to:

  • Develop your creative ideas into short stories, features, poetry and finally novels
  • Through supportive writing workshops and individual tutorials you will nurture your writer’s ‘voice’.
  • Write across a range of genres, providing you with the confidence to seek professional work as a writer
  • Write to a specific brief (for example, a genre, audience, conventions, publisher’s requirements) and master the practice of writing, revision and editing
  • Build confidence and high-level written and oral communication skills, through group work and class discussions
  • Develop the critical and analytical skills necessary to understand the theoretical concepts that are the key to successful writing
  • Prepare yourself for the workplace through pitching your ideas to a literary agent, networking and work placements that will make your CV stand out.
  • Acquire the information skills necessary to meet the demands of working successfully with communication and information technologies

Teaching approach

  • In writing workshops your work will be read and you will be given supportive feedback; this helps you to develop a sophisticated critical ability, and to revise your creative work.
  • Teaching involves large and small group sessions, as well as one-to-one tutorials.
  • Lectures, seminars, setting up a blog, staged readings, learning journals, research based projects, peer review, tutorials.
  • Sessions are a mixture of tutor-led, student-led and independent learning.
  • Learning opportunities enable active participation, debate, critical reflection and personal and peer evaluation. Guest speakers and visits form part of the learning process.

Assessment

There are no formal examinations, but you will be assessed through a wide range of methods such as tutor, peer and self-assessment, reflective writing, blogs, journals, industry standard feedback, presentations and essays.

The emphasis on this course is on active learning and interaction with both tutors and peers. This encourages independent learning and an awareness of the conceptual, productive, critical, personal and interpersonal skills involved in the creative process.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

Creative and Professional writing develops student skills the production of work for a range of genres, helping graduates to enter the media industries with a substantial portfolio of writing.

The course introduces the writer to many potential areas of employment within the publishing, online and traditional print industries, as well as opportunities within web-based marketing and narrative development. This course also provides a strong basis for further postgraduate study and academic research.

Creative and Professional Writing graduates enter careers in:

  • Arts organisations
  • Publishing
  • Media and journalism
  • Education
  • Media research
  • Advertising
  • Marketing and public relations
  • Literary Festival Organisation
  • Business and industry
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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2018/19 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2018/19 will be £12,100 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2018/19 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £98 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £159 per week.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Creative and Professional Writing is currently studied as part of a joint degree with another subject. 

 

Creative & Professional Writing and English Language BA (Hons) - WQ83
Creative & Professional Writing and English Literature BA (Hons) - WQ82
Creative & Professional Writing and History BA (Hons) - WV81
Creative & Professional Writing and Illustration BA (Hons) - WW82
Creative & Professional Writing and Screenwriting BA (Hons) - W990

 

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