We are one of a handful of UK universities to offer a single honours programme in Creative and Professional Writing, offering you the unique opportunity to solely concentrate upon the act and art of writing for different audiences, in different contexts and genres, and with a view to fulfilling ambitions in your own practice. We believe Creative and Professional Writing to be an art, a vocation, a craft, occupation, and practice that can be historicised, theorised, genderised, digitalised and regionalised, and all of our modules are dedicated to offering you the best start to your writing career.
With a real emphasis upon employability, we are passionate about nurturing new voices and encourage you to explore the subjects and stories you want to write about. It is why our programme is specifically designed to enable you to take ownership over your own learning from Level 5, giving you the choice of pursuing a specific learning pathway in a particular medium to develop your expertise – poetry, prose, professional – or to continue with the traditional piecemeal approach. Taught by a dedicated team of published writers with national reputations with an as you write it, we’re writing too ethos, we offer a variety of specialist modules that draw from our own practice and expertise including Writing, Region and Identity, Geo-Poetics and Eco-Narratives, Crime Writing, and Children’s Literature – which includes the opportunity to work on a writing project with an illustrator from the School of Art. In your final year, alongside your Independent Study Project, we have the unique opportunity to not only begin a novel in semester 1, but to continue working on that novel and perhaps towards completion, with a practising novelist throughout semester 2. We also offer a dedicated Writing Week where you will have access to guest authors, industry speakers, and masterclasses, and be encouraged to write for personal projects. There is also the opportunity to perform your own work at the various Literature Festivals we partner in the region and to join us for our End of Semester panel events discussing the subjects that challenge us writers today.