BA (Hons) Creative Writing

Course details

  • UCAS CodeCWCW
  • Year of entry 2022
  • Duration 3 YRS (FT) 6 YRS (PT)
  • UCAS Tariff 80-112
  • Institution Code G53
  • Location Wrexham
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Course Highlights

Explore

a range of narrative, drama and poetry

Develop

creative, analytical and personal skills to start a career in a wide range of professions

Enhance

your own writing style

Why choose this course?

Our BA Hons Creative Writing degree will give you the chance to learn about and practice writing techniques and apply those skills in original and imaginative ways.

Students will:

  • Explore a range of narrative, drama, and poetry, looking closely at the composition, drafting, editing, and polishing of pieces of writing
  • Explore writing practice as well as engagement with the processes of textual production undertaken by existing writers across a period of times and genres
  • Develop and demonstrate analytical skills through the essay form and your own practice
  • Gain essential skills, qualifications and experience to start a career in a wide range of professions
  • Develop a good understanding of industry practice
  • Benefit from Wrexham Glyndwr’s memorandum of agreement with Literature Wales

Key course features

  • All modules taken by single-honours students are designed to provide experience of writing practice across a variety of genres, honing your abilities to write crime fiction, thrillers, historical fiction and graphic novels, as well as short stories, science fiction and children’s literature
  • Examine the textual processes used by some of the literary world’s most eminent writers across multiple periods and genres
  • Develop your own writing styles, and demonstrate your analytical skills through creative practice and essays.
  • Students will have the benefits of Wrexham Glyndwr’s Memorandum of Agreement with Literature Wales.

What you will study

YEAR 1 (LEVEL 4)

At level 4, you will study introductory modules which are designed to provide skills for studying at university within the field of Creative Writing. You will engage creatively and imaginatively with existing models and produce your own original writing.

MODULES 

  • Introduction to Creative Writing (20 credits)
  • Life Writing (20 credits)
  • Personal, Professional and Academic Skills (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Writing For Children (20 credits)
  • The Language of Creative Writing (20 credits)
  • Text to Screen (20 credits)

All modules are core to the programme.

All 20 credit level 4 modules will have 36 hours of scheduled teaching and 164 hours of guided independent study and will be assessed by a 4000-word portfolio or the equivalent coursework.

YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5)

At level 5 you will practise a number of different kinds of writing and develop a sophisticated use of language, apply research and bibliographic skills when required and reflect critically on your own creative practice. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of principal literary genres including prose, poetry and drama and writing for various media including film, radio and stage. All the modules studied are core to the programme. 

MODULES

  • Creative Writing For Adults (20 credits)
  • Writing Historical Fiction (20 credits)
  • The Short Story (20 credits)
  • Writing Crime Fiction and Thrillers (20 credits)
  • Independent Project (20 credits)
  • Research Methods (20 credits)

All 20 credit level 5 modules will have 30 hours of scheduled teaching and 170 hours of guided independent study and will be assessed by 4000 words of written work or in the case of the Research Methods module a presentation and 2000 word proposal.

YEAR 3 (LEVEL 6)

In your final year you will further develop your understanding of the technical requirements of a number of forms of writing; develop an understanding of editorial processes and approaches; continue to experience a range of forms of writing and develop a grasp of literary history and critical approaches.

MODULES

  • The Extended Project (40 credits)
  • Writing For Children (Extended Practice) (20 credits)
  • Science Fiction (20 credits)
  • The Graphic Novel (20 credits)
  • Gender, Sexuality and Writing (20 credits)

All 20 credit level 6 modules will have 24 hours of scheduled teaching and 174 hours of guided independent study and the allocation is doubled for the 40 credit module. All 20 credit modules will be assessed by a portfolio of work or a project equivalent to 4000 words. The 40 credit Extended Project is 40 credits and will be assessed by an 8,000-word project.

 

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Entry requirements & applying

The academic requirements for this course are 80-112 UCAS tariff points at GCE A Level or equivalent. 

Teaching & Assessment

Coursework is the most important kind of assessment for Creative Writing.  It is the quality of the final written product that counts, in terms of creativity, originality, and technical proficiency in the use of language.  In addition, you will be expected to show accompanying evidence of creative and technical processes, knowledge of reader or client considerations as well as self-critical reflection at various stages of the writing process.  The majority of assessment will take the form of portfolios of finished written products, accompanied by critical and discursive accounts of the practices and processes leading to the final submission of written work.

TEACHING AND LEARNING

All teaching methods are designed to focus your attention on your own creative and technical development as a writer, to develop skills and confidence in critical reflection as a basis for improving drafts, and breadth of expertise as a producer as well as a critic of literature and text in general. 

Within the text-focused modules the aim is to develop your knowledge, analytical capability, research skills, and confidence in your own writing.  The lecture provides subject knowledge, critical approaches to interpretation of literary texts and guidance for discussion and development of different writing styles.

The content of lectures and seminars are determined by the module level, with level 4 modules being largely introductory while modules at levels 5 and 6 will be focussed on more in-depth studies of authors and literary periods.  The level 4 module Personal, Professional and Academic Skills provides you with a variety of skills and approaches to enable you to become effective learners and which prepares you for your subject studies.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.

In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion Services can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.

Career prospects

Creative Writing incorporates a wide range of highly transferable skills and gaining a degree in Creative Writing indicates a high level of competence in graduates. Students may choose to extend their skills by undertaking further study at Masters level or vocational courses such as teaching or information management.

Creative Writing graduates work in the Creative Industries, teach at various levels, write or engage in editorial work, work in publishing, marketing or advertising.

Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2022/23 for a full-time undergraduate degree course are TBC.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages.

 

Accommodation

If you’re looking for a place to stay while you study then take a look at our accommodation pages to get more information on your options, including our on-campus halls of residence Wrexham Village.

International

If you are applying as an European / International Student, and live outside of the UK, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus.

For information about the university’s entry requirements for EU/international students, please visit our international section