In your first year you take two modules carefully designed to introduce you to the subject. Exploring Creative Writing provides a foundation in writing skills and techniques, with a focus upon short pieces of work and on learning to give and receive feedback in a supportive environment. As well as working in fiction and poetry, you will also explore blogging and Twitter as examples of digital writing. Writing Identity teaches you how to ‘cook’ your ‘raw’ experiences and memories and turn them into compelling writing (and thereby learn about the role that artifice and technique play in creative non-fiction and fiction).
Second year modules instil the importance of research and reading. Writing Place addresses the use of locale in genres as varied as Science Fiction, Travel Writing and the Ghost Story. Writing and Context examines craft issues in New Media, contemporary poetry, the short story, and audio writing (which includes writing for performance, and for radio). The New Media workshops take place in computer labs: you will use basic software to produce audio-visual pieces that unite word, image and sound, and write nonlinear ‘hypertext’ where readers select different pathways through your writing via “links” inserted into your text.
Year three modules extend your technological, performance, and creative skills. Professional Writing Skills teaches you the role of publishers, agents, editors, and gives insight into the market. You will learn desktop and web-based publishing and produce (and launch!) your own publication. You also give an assessed performance (after having been trained by a professional voice coach). The Portfolio involves an extended piece of work, under supervision, in a genre of your choice. The Specialism module is taught by a professional writer working in a specific genre (e.g. Children’s Writing). You will learn genre-specific craft techniques and work with publishers’ guidelines, before devising an individual or collaborative projec