Creative Writing

This year-long, two-semester course is a practical introduction to a variety of creative writing craft skills, including prose fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and screenwriting.

Anita Svakumaran
Creative Writing PhD student, Anita Sivakumaran, performing at the 2013 Everybody's Reading Festival © Ambrose Musiyiwa
Course Content and Structure

The course combines writing workshops, practical and theoretical lectures, guest author talks and short film screenings.

You will produce creative material of your own throughout the year, which is critically discussed in a friendly workshop environment. Working across such a range of differing genres, you will gain both greater confidences in your own writing skills, as well as a deeper understanding of the literature you will study.

  • Module codes: EN1025 and EN1035

First Semester

You will participate in ideas-generation workshops, study autobiography and other non-fiction forms like travel writing, and poetry.

Second Semester

During the second semester you will look at fiction and writing for the screen.


Assessment is through portfolios of creative and critical work, and students are encouraged to keep writing journals throughout.

Centre for New Writing

The 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 author events, social gatherings, open mic nights and more, the environment for budding writers is always lively, engaging, rigorous but fun.

This is a particularly popular module and in previous years places always oversubscribed. However, we can now guarantee a place for all who choose this option.

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