In Year 1 you’ll gain confidence in reading and analysing poetry and short stories through our Reading Literature module, and through Mapping Genres you will explore some great texts from the past and learn to compare them to popular modern texts in the same genres. On the creative side, you will get used to completing writing tasks and sharing your work through our Creative Writing Workshop 1 and in Writing, Performance and Persuasion you will learn about speech-writing, and the power of words to persuade. At the end of the year you will complete a practical project and go on a professional placement to help you develop your future employability and relate your studies to the world of work.
In Year 2 you will continue to develop your creative writing skills and confidence through Creative Writing Workshop 2 and you will also take a module on Life Writing, thinking about how to write your own life story and the stories of others. Creative writing and literary study are combined in Roots of Stories, which looks at myths and archetypes which are constantly being reworked in texts through the ages and which you will also experiment with in your own writing. Alongside this, you will choose two from a range of modules which will extend your knowledge of contemporary literature in English such as Constructions of Gender and Magical Realism in World Fiction and Writing America. You will gain valuable skills and experience at the end of the year through your professional placement which you will be able to take forward to your future career.
In your final year all the writing skills you have developed will go into producing two major pieces of work: a Writing Project, which you will work on through the year, in consultation with an experienced writer, and which can be in any genre or form you like; and a piece of experimental work developed from Creative Writing Workshop 3: Experimental Writing. You also have the opportunity to choose three more modules exploring writing in different literary periods and genres, such as Gothic, Science Fiction and Postmodern Fiction. There is also an option to do a third professional placement on a part-time basis through the year.
On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following: