Choose this course to help develop your skills as a writer by learning from staff who have current, relevant and extensive experience in teaching, writing and publishing – anything from short stories and poetry to screenplays and award-winning short films.
We’ll encourage you to become sophisticated readers, introducing you to a culturally and historically broad range of writing styles, forms and genres. There will be opportunities to hear from guest speakers, which have previously included playwright and television scriptwriter Alan Pollock, best known for ‘The Bill’, as well as award-winning novelist Amanda Smyth, whose book ‘Black Rock’ was nominated for a NAACP Image Award in the ‘Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author’ category and was chosen as one of Oprah Winfrey’s Summer Reads.
The emphasis of the course is very much on contemporary literature and the language of the 21st century. You’ll study the works of celebrated authors such as Stephen King and Toni Morrison, and poet, Benjamin Zephaniah, examining the ways in which we build our world through the language we use.
This degree is focused on preparing you for professional life, building your confidence and knowledge of writing techniques for a range of different purposes: magazines, the internet, theatre, radio, television, cinema and for children. You’ll be encouraged to develop your narrative voice and style, producing your own poetry, short stories and one-act plays.
You’ll have the opportunity to design and edit our student-run Creative Writing Magazine, CovWords, and may also have the opportunity to apply for a work placement, which has led previous students to work in some of the London theatre companies, such as The Writer’s Avenue Theatre Company Limited, during which time a student wrote a short script that led to a performance at the theatre.