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Creative & Professional Writing and Screenwriting BA (Hons)

Key features of this course:

  • Opportunities for students to publish their work from the very first week
  • Excellent work placement opportunities, including through Writing West Midlands and Ledbury Poetry Festival
  • Exciting programme of guest speakers and a student writing magazine: The Fuse
  • Writing for a range of digital, print, audio, visual and performance platforms  
  • Innovative approach, with modules on craft and voice, creativity and collaboration and professionalism and employment
  • High academic standards with an emphasis on critical evaluation, research skills and reflective practice
  • Creative teaching by academics and industry professionals, incorporating guest lectures, Skype discussion and other forms of involvement from high-level professionals in radio, TV and film


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For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for Creative & Professional Writing and Screenwriting.

Both of these subjects are ‘practice-based’: you learn primarily through ‘doing’. They are designed to support development of your writing, to enable you to situate your own practice within broader contemporary writing contexts and, equally importantly, contexts of relevant theory. Integral to both is your growing understanding of the professional and employment opportunities that may be available to you once you have graduated. In combination, they enable you to engage with a very broad range of writing modes, and studying them as Joint Honours is therefore full of possibility. 

Creative & Professional Writing aims to nurture your confidence as a writer and to support your development as a critical and skilful analyst of your own and others’ writing. Throughout, you will be immersed in intellectual issues informing the discipline and practices of writing and learn to place your own writing within contexts of published work. You will develop expertise in commercial practice (writing for magazines, reviewing, scriptwriting, editing) and understanding of publishing and marketing processes alongside working towards your own, creative development. You will work with published writers, professional publishers and editors with a variety of specialisms including poetry, travel writing, writing for the screen, writing fiction, writing for performance, writing for children, feature writing, blogging and copy writing. Your development and achievements will be assessed by means of a wide variety of writing ‘tasks’ and each of your first two years will begin with an intensive weekend writing retreat. Designed to inspire you for the year ahead, the retreats also seed lifelong friendships and develop networks. In your third year, you will undertake a major writing project of your choice, mentored by members of the course team, alongside participating in a range of activity designed to support you to prepare for progression once you have graduated.

Screenwriting nurtures your love of story and aims to develop your skills as a writer and media practitioner for the 21st century. It provides creative, challenging approaches to writing for the screen and performance – from initial conception to production. You are taught by lecturers with both academic and professional, industry backgrounds who are well placed to offer you expert advice and to support your development of original writing. The course provides you with many opportunities to network with industry contacts, supporting your developing understanding of how your writing skills are transferable to employment within the media industries. Scheduled visitors in 2014/15 include writers for Holby City, Hollyoaks and Moving On and development executives from the makers of TV shows including Gavin and Stacey, The Royle Family and Philomena. Oscar-nominated screenwriter Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things; Eastern Promises; Peaky Blinders) will be providing individual script feedback to the winner of The Steven Knight Award for Best Screenplay, awarded exclusively to one of Worcester’s final year Screenwriting students.

Both subject areas are committed to supporting your understanding of the range of possibilities that could be available to you on graduation, and there are opportunities to explore postgraduate study and to investigate, with those who are already following them, career paths in teaching, the creative and cultural industries, the media, marketing, PR and other employment sectors in which writing graduates find work. In combination, Creative & Professional Writing and Screenwriting will be an interesting prospect if writing and today’s rich variety of associated cultural forms and communication is your obsession and what excites your curiosity.

Factfile

Entry requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

 


Study options

Full-time or part-time study available

Get in touch

Julie Maclusky
Course Leader, Creative & Professional Writing
01905 855138
j.maclusky@worc.ac.uk   

Sarah Evans
Course Leader, Screenwriting
01905 855298
sarah.evans@worc.ac.uk

Admissions Office
01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk

Course content

Year 1

Core modules:

Introduction to Writing - a tool kit of techniques for creative and professional writing
Scriptwriting: Ideas and Development
Story Design and Analysis

 


Module options:

Life Writing
Writing Poetry
Creativity in Women’s Writing: Difference of View
Introduction to Feature Writing


Year 2

Core modules:

Writer as Researcher
Scriptwriting: Concept Development and Realisation

 


Module options:

Environmental Writing
Writing for Children
Playwriting
Intermediate Feature Writing
Screen Adaptation
Writing the Feature Film
Screening the Nation: Continuity and Change in British TV  


Year 3

Core modules:

Extended writing project mentored by practitioners
Industry, Practices and Applications

 


Module options:

Career and Project
Writing for Performance
Hypertexts – Creative Writing in a Digital Culture
Independent Study
Screenwriting: Final Project
Scriptwriting Extension Module
Radio and Television Comedy


Employability

Employability

The course will provide a foundation for students who are interested in developing writing as a profession, for example in the creative industries and/or commercial markets and an understanding of how writers make a living. Graduates from this course will be very successful candidates for careers in teaching because of the emphasis on writing in the new English curricula. 

The opportunity to be introduced to current industry contacts in Screenwriting is an essential element of the progression of your work across the three years, giving you a unique insight into how your skills can transfer into employment within the media industry. There are many career path options including publishing, the media, marketing and communications, working in the digital arts industries, in film and television and arts organisations, and taking up university and school teaching or postgraduate academic and creative writing courses.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS

Creative & Professional Writing and Screenwriting BA (Hons) - W990  

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

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