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English & Creative Writing

Introduction to Creative Writing


Course overview

Have you ever wanted to write a novel or short story? This course offers individual and group writing activities to broaden your awareness of the approaches, techniques and forms available to writers.

Summer University will run throughout June and July 2020. You can register your details here if you would like to receive a course brochure when applications open in early-mid April 2020. If you have any questions then you can reach us at

Where you study

Middlesbrough campus

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Course details

What you study

Indicative content
Bio-mythography: exploring our own stories
The textual world: writing from the senses
Words: sounds, marks, meanings
The structures of stories: basic narrative structures

This module is designed for people who are new to creative writing; it aims to provide an accessible and informative introduction to the possibilities of word-play and imaginative writing. The module aims to raise participants’ confidence in working with words and text in a creative manner and to broaden their understanding of how contemporary writers and artists use language within their work. This will be achieved through a variety of practical writing and story-making activities and discussion groups; activities are designed to break down preconceptions about words and to encourage creative play. Throughout the module students will explore and reflect upon a number of traditional tales and alternative versions, and create their own stories and poems in response to them. The workshops will involve individual as well as collaborative group work, and employ other artistic mediums as a vehicle for responding to creative writing and producing new material

How you are assessed

In-course assessment


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

No formal entry requirements needed



2020 entry

  • Length: Credits: 10, Level: 4, Fees: £50.00
  • Enrolment date: To be announced early-mid April 2020