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What makes Creative Writing at Worcester special?

The Creative 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 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.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Study a wide range of exciting modules exploring a variety of different approaches to writing
  • 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 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?

104
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?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Introduction to Writing
  • Writing Poetry
  • Writing Fiction

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Writer as Researcher

Optional

  • Environmental Writing
  • Writing for Children
  • Slam, Spoken Word and Performance Poetry
  • Genre Fiction
  • Intermediate Feature Writing

Year 3

Optional

  • Extended Writing Project
  • Career and Project Module
  • Hypermedia - Creative Writing in a Digital Culture
  • New Nature Writing
  • Contemporary Poetry
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Writing for Performance

 

Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of in-class seminars and workshops, lectures (delivered by staff and by guest speakers), project work, and e-learning opportunities. In-class seminars and workshops provide opportunities for tutor and peer-feedback on writing tasks. These sessions are intended to promote group discussion and support project work where appropriate. Formal lectures deliver new content intended to engage students with a wide range of different approaches to writing practice. There is a distinct focus on balancing content delivered in lectures and creative workshops to ensure that both research and practice are recognized as necessary aspects of the writing process. Other learning methods include independent individual research, as well as online content delivery to augment face-to-face learning opportunities, and fieldwork to support your real-life writing practice.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course.

You have an opportunity to undertake a voluntary half-semester long placement in the third year of the course, supervised for agreed projects by a work-based mentor and a University tutor.

You will also conduct an extended independent writing project in the third year of the course. Tutorial guidance will be provided by specialist mentors who are published writers in their chosen fields.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 9-12 contact hours of teaching for the Creative Writing element of your Joint Honours study. The precise contact hours will depend on the weighting of your Joint Honours, as well as the optional modules you have selected. In the final year, you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to conduct more independent study.

Typically, class contact time will be structured around:

  • 1.5 hours of (large group) lectures per module studied.
  • 1.5 hours of seminars per module studied. Your mandatory modules will typically be in groups of around 20-30 students. Class sizes for optional modules varies.

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 24 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and responding to writing exercise set during in-class seminars and workshops.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, published professional writers, and creative practitioners with experience in their related industries and writing communities.

Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. Each module has one or more formal or 'summative' assessments, which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.

Assessment are designed to enable students to gain experience of a wide variety of genres and creative mediums and meet specific learning outcomes. Assessment methods include creative writing portfolios, critical reflection and commentaries (responses to formative feedback, discussion of influences, evidence of process undertaken for editing and revision), reflective learning journals, seminar presentations, explanations of research methodologies, analysis of project work, and presentation of alternative creative work such as performances or installations.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1

  • 4x Creative portfolio with reflective commentary
  • 2x Draft portfolio or outline for a longer project
  • 1x Reflective journal entry
  • 1x Individual short performance of creative or non-fiction writing

Year 2

  • 4 x Creative portfolio with reflective commentary
  • 2 x Draft portfolio or outline for a longer project
  • 1 x Essay / critical analysis
  • 1x Individual presentation

Year 3

  • 1 x Major independent study project of approx. 8000 words
  • 3 x Creative portfolio with reflective commentary
  • 2 x Essay / critical analysis
  • 1 x Draft portfolio or outline for a longer project
  • 1 x Synopsis of placement project

Feedback

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate. You will be provided with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

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Dr Jack McGowan

Jack’s research focuses on contemporary poetry and poetics, and he specializes in the development of performance poetry in the UK since the mid-20th century, and the oral roots of poetry.

Jack is a performance poet with 10 years of experience on the UK spoken word scene and he writes for both performance and page publication.

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Ruth Stacey

Ruth is based in Bredon 190. As Admissions Tutor for Creative and Professional Writing, she is responsible for processing new applications for study and recruitment of new students. This includes attending open days, organising events and visiting schools and colleges.

Ruth's poetry collectionQueen, Jewel, Mistresswas published by Eyewear Publishing2015. Alison Weir wrote that, Ruth Stacey's poems are exceptional. They evoke voices long silenced, and the very essence of these past lives and the ages in which they were lived. Her recent pamphlet,Inheritance, was published by Mothers Milk Books 2017. A duet with another poet, Katy Wareham Morris, it explored 19th century experience of motherhood, contrasted with a 21st century mother's voice. Inheritancewon Best Collaborative Work at the 2018 Saboteur Awards.

Forthcoming poetry collection, How to Wear Grunge, will be available from Knives, Forks & Spoons press Autumn 2018. Two of the poems from that collection are displayed as part of the 2018/19 Blackpool Illuminations.

Qualifications

  • Current: PhD Creative Writing University of Northumbria
  • MA Literature: Politics and Identity University of Worcester
  • PTTLS Worcester College of Technology
  • BA hons English Studies Bath Spa University
Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

Creative 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 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 2019/20 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 2019/20 will be £12,400 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 2019/20 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.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

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 £102 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £165 per week (2019/20 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

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

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.