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Why choose the Creative Writing Programme?

Our approach to teaching creative writing is fundamentally different from that of the majority of creative writing courses in Higher Education that mix conventional critical and theoretical approaches to the study of literary texts with short modules in creative writing. At the core of our teaching strategy is the belief that creative writing requires a similar educational approach to that used in other areas of the arts. Our focus therefore is primarily on the process of composition and our aim, through carefully designed writing exercises is to introduce you to the techniques and skills required to understand the craft of writing. We will encourage you to become more aware of your own individual creativity, to understand your strengths as a writer and to build a strong individual writing style. We recognise the importance, alongside intellectual and critical skills, of the role of body, the emotions and intuition in creative composition and draw on the wider reading and discussion of published fiction, writers on writing and relevant theory to support this holistic approach.

As a writer on one of our programmes or courses, you will work closely with experienced, published tutors and a small group of other writers. Through exploration, experimentation, discussion, writing and wider reading, you will:

  • develop an understanding of the conventions of the literary form you have chosen to work in
  • become intuitive in the writing process and more critically conscious in the editing process¬†
  • discover and realise the themes that propel your own creativity¬†
  • understand the needs of your audience and be able to tailor your work to them
  • develop the confidence to explore ideas, challenge yourself and manage your own writing process

Our programmes and courses cover prose fiction (the novel and the short story), creative non-fiction (autobiography, biography, travel writing, blogs and related forms) and poetry. When you have finished one of these programmes and you are preparing work for publication or performance, you can join our Advanced Workshops and work alongside practicing and published writers.

Creative Writing Programme (Blended) 2022-2024
(Two-years. One morning or one evening a week for 25 weeks per year)

The Creative Writing Programme has been carefully designed to develop your understanding of the craft of writing, to provide you with the support and structure you need to push your skills to another level and to complete a planned writing project. Your course tutors will teach you the writing techniques you need to complete your work, offer you focused written feedback and help you set realistic deadlines.

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Creative Writing Programme (Online) 2022 - 2024
(Two-years. One morning or one evening a week for 25 weeks per year)

The online version of the Creative Writing Programme (CWP) has been developed to allow writers who live abroad or who cannot travel to our programme centres to benefit from this prestigious university level writing programme. It has been carefully designed to develop your understanding of the craft of writing, to provide you with the support and structure you need to push your skills to another level and to complete a planned writing project. Whether it is a novel, a novella or collection of short stories, your course tutors will teach you the writing techniques you need to complete your work, offer you focused written feedback and help you set realistic deadlines.

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Creative Non-Fiction Programme (Blended) 2022-2024
(Two years. One afternoon per week for 25 weeks per year)

The Creative Non-Fiction Programme has been carefully designed to develop your understanding of the craft of turning personal or researched experience into stories. It has a particular emphasis on the different forms of life writing: autobiography, biography, historically researched fiction, autoethnography, travel writing, diaries, journals, comic writing and blogs and teaches writing techniques that can be used in both non-fiction and creative fiction.

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Creative Non-Fiction Programme (Online) 2022-2024
(Two years. One morning per week for 25 weeks per year)

The Creative Non-Fiction Programme has been carefully designed to develop your understanding of the craft of turning personal or researched experience into stories. It has a particular emphasis on the different forms of life writing: autobiography, biography, historically researched fiction, travel writing, diaries, journals, comic writing and blogs and teaches writing techniques that can be used in both non-fiction and creative fiction.

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Advanced Writing Workshops (Online) 2022-2023
(Twelve sessions over ten months. Starting in October)

This higher-level course has been designed for writers who have completed either the Creative Writing Programme, an undergraduate or a masters programme in creative writing, or who have work in progress and can show they are capable of working at this advanced level.

The aim is to provide a forum for writers who are committed to finishing novels or collections of short stories and who are looking for a critical and supportive audience for their work in progress. It also acts as a place where writers can meet regularly to discuss the creative process, share their enthusiasm for literature, swap information on publishing and inspire and energise each other.

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Advanced Writing Workshops (Face to face) 2022-2023
(One evening a month for ten months. Starting in October)

This higher-level course has been designed for writers who have completed either the Creative Writing Programme, an undergraduate or a masters programme in creative writing, or who have work in progress and can show they are capable of working at this advanced level.

The aim of this course is to provide a forum for writers who are committed to finishing novels or collections of short stories and who are looking for a critical and supportive audience for their work in progress. It also acts as a place where writers can meet regularly to discuss the creative process, share their enthusiasm for literature, swap information on publishing and inspire and energise each other.

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Advanced Poetry Workshops (Online) 2022-2023
(20 weeks in the Autumn and Spring Terms. One morning per week)

This higher-level course has been designed for writers with prior experience of working in poetry groups, published poets or writers who have attended poetry writing courses as part of Higher Education courses and who would like to continue exploring their professional practice, writing technique and style in practical writing sessions.

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Writing Poetry (Online) 2022-2023
(20 weeks in the Spring and Summer Terms. One afternoon per week)

This course has been created to enhance your knowledge and use of a range of poetic techniques such as compression, imagery, texture, line breaks, traditional forms, rhyme and metre.

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Courses on the 2nd Year of the Creative Writing Programme 2022-2023

(One year. One morning a week for 25 weeks per year)

There are limited places available on the second year of the Creative Writing Programme and the Creative Non-Fiction Programme in 2022-23. You would be joining a group of writers who have already spent a year working together developing their work. If you have had some experience of working in writing groups or short courses at university level and you have just started working on a novel, a collection of short stories or a work of historical or autobiographical storytelling, these courses will help you to focus and develop your work in progress.

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