Core (compulsory) modules
Poetry, Fiction, Drama and Non-Fiction 1 and 2
Across both semesters, you will analyse the styles and techniques of some of the most exciting writers of the various disciplines, both classic and contemporary. The emphasis, however, is always on the development of your own work, drawing on that of others who have gone before you: you’ll learn from their strengths and weaknesses, and discover for yourself how to craft your own work in these fields.
Non-Fiction and Commercial Forms 1 and 2
These two modules encourage you to understand the craft of writing factual prose, from articles aimed at newspapers, magazines and the web, to persuasive copy for advertising, marketing and business documents. We will also look at the creative possibilities of non-fiction prose, in areas such as science writing and memoir.
This module takes a look at the big ideas that have informed literature over the last century, and supports you to think about the ways that they can inform your own writing, too.
You’ll take our language to pieces in this module, and then you learn how to put it back together with complete control of its mechanisms and an understanding of the different purposes those mechanics can serve, and their influence on style and vocabulary.
Professional Practice 1
In this module, we will explore the many different jobs that writers can do, including working in advertising, marketing, PR and the publishing industry, and pitching articles for magazines and the web. All students are supported to undertake work experience as part of this module.
Professional Practice 2
Building on Professional Practice 1, students will use their time in this module to move towards those looming job applications! Skills covered will include writing CVs and covering letters, undertaking interviews, and building a reflective portfolio of the work experience you have developed so far.
This module offers you the chance to develop your personal interests in the form of an 8,000-word submission which will be either be critical/analytical or creative; it’s up to you. A personal tutor will work with you to guide and refine your work.
We continually revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.
Likely optional modules
You will be able to choose from a range of exciting modules in years two and three. We strive to ensure that these are as up-to-date as possible, and that they reflect the expertise of our staff; therefore the list below is subject to change.
This module explores a new and burgeoning market for writers. You will learn the tools and techniques for writing fiction in the digital world and study the theory that underpins this practice.
In an online world, writers increasingly need to be a master of the visual as well as the verbal. This module will develop your design skills, using Photoshop to create book covers, websites and page layouts to enhance your writing.
Experiments in Writing
We often assume that writing can be categorised into one type or other. This module sets out to challenge that assumption by looking at work that tries to upset our expectations: history told in different time frames; fiction that uses poetry and prose; novels and autobiographies in verse... you take it from there.
Place and Space
This module will help you develop a sense of place in your own writing, and to explore concepts such as time, movement and change.
You will take a deep dive into the craft of playwriting, in which you will write your own scripts, learn about the particular demands of the theatre, and analyse excellent dramatic texts to enrich your own writing.
Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror
Focusing on a hugely popular cluster of genres, this module will teach you how to find your way through this vibrant publishing market, and will hone the central writing techniques for writing fantasy, sci-fi and horror.
This module examines the business of writing for film and television, and takes you through the where, when, who, what, why and how of the craft. You’ll invent, draft, edit and revise your work to broadcast quality.
Writing 80,000 words of prose can be daunting. This module looks at the writing skills that are crucial for this longest form, such as sustaining characters over the course of a book, and crafting satisfying narrative arcs.
Working in Arts, Culture and Heritage
For students planning to work in the arts, culture and heritage sectors – or those who are simply curious – this module will support you to learn about the different career routes open to you, and to undertake a professional project in one of these environments.
Writing for Children and Young Adults
Books for children are a hugely important and profitable segment of the publishing industry. This module invites you to immerse yourself in the best examples of work for this age group, and to explore the stellar rise of young adult fiction, too.
Writing for the Spoken Word
Writing for The Spoken Word introduces an important market for writers, offering opportunities to write drama, comedy and non-fiction for live performance, radio and podcasts.
Writing from Life
From biographies of great lives to celebrity memoirs; from literary accounts of the self to over-sharing on Twitter – we love to tell and hear life stories. This module looks at some inspiring examples of this form, and helps you to approach writing from your own life, too.
Writing in Education
The ability to run a workshop is a very useful skill, and a key way in which many authors make their living. This module shows you how to plan, resource and deliver a learning session in a variety of contexts, and will challenge you to run a workshop in a real-life environment. A great module for anyone planning to teach after they graduate.