Undergraduate study
Creative Writing

BA (Hons) Creative Writing*

UCAS code: Q301 BA/CW
UCAS code: Q303 BA/CWFY for Year 0 entry

Our BA (Hons) Creative Writing enables you to develop your skills across a range of forms, genres and markets including prose fiction, poetry, life writing and creative non-fiction.

Course information

Full-time

  • Length: 3 years or 4 years including foundation year

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Part-time

  • Up to 6 years

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  • Daytime
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 342308

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  • Facilities

    English and History

    Teesside University library has an impressive collection of relevant material which is continually renewed. Study history and you can access the North East Film Archive and a comprehensive Green Archive.

 

This innovative course is designed to inspire and support your development as a practising creative writer. A range of workshops, seminars and our unique Creative Writing Lab at mima, the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, is designed to help you to gain professional skills in writing, editing, publishing, performance, and writing group facilitation so that you can use your writing and your voice to make a difference in the world.

  • Work with our team of practising and published writers – from poets and performance poets to bestselling authors.
  • Experiment with a range of forms and genres, develop your specialised interests and create your professional writing portfolio.
  • Grow your understanding of critical contexts and frameworks to strengthen and underpin your approach.
  • Publish and perform your work at our events and in our anthologies and blogs.
  • Gain professional skills through a range of opportunities and projects designed to help you to use your writing make a difference.

Course structure

Year 0 (foundation year) core modules

Fake News?

Portfolio 1

Portfolio 2

Succeeding in Higher Education & beyond

Succeeding in Higher Education. How to be your best

Teesside and the Region (Tantalising Teesside)

 

Year 1 core modules

Concepts of Culture

This module introduces some of the key ideas and critical tools you need to explore literature and other cultural forms – TV, advertising, film. You have the opportunity to work with others and present your ideas about contemporary culture to the rest of the group.

Creating Fiction

This module introduces you to the theory and practice of creative writing, both as a field in its own right and in the context of English studies. Based around various types of fictive production including the short story, flash fiction and novella, you study the key themes and conventions of fictional narratives, and write your own drafts and stories. In addition you become familiar with working in a writing group and essential categories such as plot formation, characterisation and setting. You also learn how to edit your work, and how to give and receive feedback on creative writing.

Creative Writing Lab: Making Writing

You explore approaches to individual and collaborative writing, writing for social change, manifestos, the crowd-sourcing of knowledge and the role that writers and writing play in political and social change.

iLiterature: Reading, Writing, and the Internet

Has the internet killed the book? Has the growth of social media and online lives replaced the pleasures of reading? Do we need libraries when we have Google? What is the role of literature in the age of the app? This module asks you to explore these questions as well as think about your own presence in the online world. Linking the study of literary culture with your personal development as a learner and career development as a professional, you gain the skills required for future success.

Making Fiction

Hone your skills in characterisation, plot and structure and explore narrative point of view, voice and place. Find out what makes fiction work – from flash fiction and short stories to novellas and novels – and experiment with writing your own.

Making Poetry

You gather ideas, write, craft and develop your poems, learning from a range of historical and contemporary poets and approaches.

Romantics to Realism

This module introduces you to two major literary movements: Romanticism and Realism. You explore the dynamic relationship between texts and their historical and cultural contexts and are introduced to important critical issues and terms. You explore key examples of Romantic poetry and fiction, before moving on to consider the rise to prominence of realist fiction and autobiography as major literary genres of the Victorian period.

The Other Victorians

This module introduces the ‘other’ Victorians in several ways. You explore themes such gender, class, race, madness, sexuality and the supernatural in fiction from the 19th century – this encourages you to challenge cultural stereotypes about the Victorians. You study literature by British, Australian and American authors in a range of genres – poetry, the short story, the novella. This gives you the opportunity to understand Victorian literature and culture in transatlantic and wider international contexts, encouraging you to explore 19th-century texts written in genres other than the novel.

Writers on Writing

The most interesting and intuitive discussions of texts have not always come from critics or reviewers but from creative writers themselves. Who better to ask about the imaginative process and their contribution to literature than the author? In every century from the 1300s to the present there have been dynamic speakers for the written word. From Philip Sidney to Philip Pullman, Margaret Cavendish to Margaret Atwood, this module examines the fascinating role of the writer as commentator, the writer as enigmatic reader.

 

Year 2 core modules

Creative Writing Lab: Writing and Wellbeing

You explore the connections between writing and wellbeing, including the growing evidence base for the benefits of expressive writing, journaling and autobiography in health care and personal and professional development settings. You experiment with ways of using writing in your own personal and professional development and you gain practical hands-on skills in how to design, facilitate and evaluate a writing workshop with a developmental focus.

Life Writing

Explore the many forms of life writing from journals and letters to memoirs, autobiographical fictions and biographies. Through critical appreciation and close reading of texts and discussion of contemporary approaches to selfhood, both online and on the page, you develop your own approach to writing your life or someone else’s.

Making It Real: Writing Creative Non-Fiction

What is creative non-fiction? What makes good non-fiction? Explore a range of innovative non-fiction texts and apply approaches and techniques to your own work.

Publishing, Production, Performance, Portfolio

You investigate processes of publishing and self-publishing from zine-making to working with editors and illustrators. Learn how to perform your work and help to produce an exciting end-of-year event. Gain skills and experience in online storytelling. Put it all together in a professional portfolio that will help you to understand more about your own strengths and skills and how to market these to employers, audiences and readerships.

 

plus a choice of modules from BA (Hons) English Studies programme

Final-year core modules

Creative Writing Project

By the time you reach your final year, you will be equipped to complete a creative-critical project in the area of your choice. With guidance from your tutor, you develop your own original creative work and an accompanying commentary.

Doing Research

You explore approaches to practice-based, creative and critical research, drawn from a range of fields. Investigations of methodologies used in Creative Writing and English Studies will prepare you for your final project work.

Worlds into Words: Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction and Fantasy

Investigate sci-fi, speculative fiction, fantasy, magic realism and their many hybrid forms and develop your own writing worlds.

 

plus a choice of modules from BA (Hons) English Studies programme

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

Our unique weekly workshop at mima, the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, will help you to grow your writer’s toolkit in a supportive and nurturing environment. By writing together in response to a range of texts and ideas as well as the mima collections and exhibitions, you develop your confidence and learn how to gather and shape ideas. By workshopping your own work-in-progress and offering detailed feedback to others, you gain the skills to become a confident reader and crafter of your own work.

A range of modules support your critical skills and provide opportunities for you to experiment and then specialise in form and genre, including poetry and prose fiction, life writing, creative non-fiction, experimental writing, science fiction, fantasy and speculative fiction.

Some modules offer a flexible approach to learning, using the latest online and digital learning technologies so that you can more easily fit your learning around your other commitments.

How you are assessed

Most modules are assessed through a portfolio of your own creative writing with an accompanying reflective and/or critical commentary.

Some modules also have elements of assessment for your participation in a writing workshop group or ask you to produce a plan for a practical writing workshop or series of workshops.

Timetabling information
As a full-time student your timetabled hours are between Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 6.00pm. On Wednesdays the latest you will be timetabled is until 1.00pm. Hours of attendance vary between 12 hours and 20 hours per week. Part-time undergraduate students are required to attend during the same days and times as full-time students but for only a proportion of the time, dependant on the modules being taken. Module choices are discussed with course tutors during the enrolment and induction period. Further details are automatically sent to applicants due to enrol this year.

Your full teaching timetable for Semester 1 of the 2018/19 academic year should be available from 1 September 2018. Standard University term dates can be found here.


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Career opportunities

This course is designed specifically to help you to gain the transferable skills in creative and critical thinking and writing that equip you for a range of careers including in writing, publishing and editing, the wider creative industries, education and training.

Entry requirements

Typical offer: 96-112 tariff points

For entry to Year 0 (Foundation Year) a typical offer is 32-64 tariff points from at least two A levels (or equivalent).

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country


You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Course information

Full-time

  • Length: 3 years or 4 years including foundation year

More full-time details

Part-time

  • Up to 6 years

More part-time details

  • Daytime
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 342308

Contact details

Further information