For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for Creative Writing and Screenwriting.
Creative 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.’ 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 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.
For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification documents for Creative Writing and Screenwriting.