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Short courses
English & Creative Writing

Creative Writing and Research
University Certificate in Professional Development


Course overview

If you have already started writing creatively, this is the course for you. Studying a range of genres and forms of imaginative writing, you familiarise yourself with methods and approaches for developing a body of work. You focus on the role of research in writing and consider various resources and research tools such as libraries and archives.

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

The module familiarises students with approaches and models for developing a body of creative writing. Working across different genres, students will examine their own motivations, and influences in writing, and establish writing habits. Seminars cover practical writing exercises, feedback sessions, and the various stages of drafting, crafting and revising; they also explore the adaptation of work-in-progress into different forms such as the poem, short fiction and script. The module also focuses on the role of research in creative writing and the various resources and research tools available to writers, including libraries, archives and oral history. Students will develop skills in constructive feedback and critical discussion of creative writing and receive advice and guidance in identifying potential opportunities, markets and outlets for their creative work.

How you are assessed

Assessment is an ICA (100%) comprising a 5000 word portfolio of creative writing (50%) and 2500 word reflective report (50%).


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

No formal entry requirements needed.



2020 entry

  • Length: Credits: 30, Level: 4, Fees: £150.00
  • Enrolment date: To be announced early-mid April 2020