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What makes Creative Writing at Worcester special?

Studying Creative Writing will enable you to explore a wide range of dynamic and stimulating modes of writing and creative expression.

You will develop your practice with conventional forms of writing (fiction, poetry, life writing) and contemporary creative practices such as spoken word, creative non-fiction and writing for digital media platforms.

At the University of Worcester, the focus is on helping you establish your own identity as a writer. Throughout your degree you will be encouraged to experiment as you are supported and mentored by professional writers who will help you to discover what sort of writer you want to be.

You will also develop skills that are extremely attractive to employers, such as content creation, presentation and communication, which will give you a competitive edge in the employment market.

Single Honours Creative Writing BA (Hons) is subject to approval

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Explore a range of different writing styles and platforms that are relevant to the contemporary ways in which writers communicate and showcase their creativity.
  • Study a flexible and vibrant portfolio of modules that is constantly developing and improving based on student feedback.
  • Learn from professional creative writers who are also experts in their academic fields (e.g. spoken word, contemporary poetry, hypermedia, historical fiction and environmental writing).
  • Work closely with small groups of peers who will provide feedback on your writing as well as experience one-to-one mentorship with writing tutors.
  • Gain valuable insight into the professional creative industry by participating in work placement opportunities, attending guest speaker events, volunteering, short internships and collaborations.
  • Become a part of a rich and vibrant writing community with a number of active clubs and societies.
  • Attend national writing events such as UniSlam and Verve Poetry Festival

For updates and general information concerning events and activities in the English Subject Area, including Creative Writing, see our official blog.

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

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UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

104 UCAS tariff points

Other information

We also encourage mature and International applicants to apply with relevant qualifications and/or experience.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905-855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be found at http://www.ucas.com

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Poetry prize winners 2019

Kelly Williams (winner) and Miguel Guerreiro Lourenço (runner-up) of the V.Press Prize for Poetry 2019.

Kelly's book, YNGORDNA, will be launched and celebrated at the Hive, 1st May 2020.

Miguel will be reading from his 2nd place collection, Writing the Truth, and will be presented with a prize from V.Press editor Sarah Leavesley. 

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Creative Writing prize winners 2019

Olivia Camozzi-Jones (winner) and Courtney Johnson of the Black Pear Press Prize for Fiction 2019.

Olivia's book, The Bad Birthdays Club, will be launched and celebrated at the Hive, 1st may 2020.

Courtney will be reading from her 2nd place novella, Embroidered Dolls, and will be presented with a prize from the editors of Black Pear Press. 

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Creative Writing and Poetry prize winners 2018

Michael Wheatley and Margaret Adkins were the winners of the inaugural V. Press Prize for Poetry and Black Pear Press Prize for Fiction in 2018.

Their books, entitled 'The Writer's Block' and 'Mingled Space', were launched in The Hive in front of a packed audience.   

Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Introduction to Writing
  • Writer’s Toolkit
  • Writing Poetry
  • Writing Fiction

Optional

  • Writing the Animal
  • Writing Worcester: Past and Present
  • Optional Language Module

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Writer as Researcher
  • The Writing Professional
  • Collabowriting

Optional

  • Environmental Writing
  • Writing for Children
  • Slam, Spoken Word and Performance Poetry
  • Genre Fiction
  • Work Project
  • Optional Language Module

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Extended Writing Project

Optional

  • Hypermedia - Creative Writing in a Digital Culture
  • New Nature Writing
  • Contemporary Poetry
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Writing for Performance
  • Small Press Publishing
  • Writing Witchcraft
  • International Exchanges
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, interactive workshops, individual tuition and blended learning.

You will be exposed to new ideas, concepts and examples of creative writing through lectures. You will have the opportunity to discuss this new content and explore ideas further through guided seminars. Practical writing exercises will be embedded to ensure that you have the opportunity to contextualise and apply what you have learnt. Interactive workshops provide a space for you to share your work and receive peer and tutor feedback. This is often conducted in smaller groups to ensure everyone has a chance to participate. Interactive workshops may also involve practical field trips to inform and gather inspiration for your writing. Individual tuition will enable you to develop a strong relationship with your tutors and create a space for focused individual development. All learning is supported through the use of online learning platforms where you can access previous lectures, seminar material and further relevant resources in your own time.

You will be assigned a personal academic tutor who will support you during your studies. You are expected to meet with your personal academic tutors at least four times in the first year, and three times in subsequent years, though your personal academic tutor will be available to support you to develop and should you encounter difficulties at any time during your studies. During the course of your studies you will have the opportunity to engage in work-based learning and project placements where you will be able to develop your professional networks and gain valuable experience for the employment market.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have 12 contact hours of teaching. Precise contact hours may vary depending on the optional modules you have selected. In your final year (where there is more emphasis on independent study), you will have slightly less contact time per week.

The following is a breakdown of a typical week of contact time:

  • 4 hours of group lectures
  • 2 hours of interactive workshops
  • 6 hours of seminars in groups of around 15-20 students.

In mandatory modules where the whole year group is present you may be split into smaller groups for specific exercises.

For modules that involve work or project placement some of your weekly contact time will be constituted by hours spent on placement.

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time outlined, you are expected to undertake 25 hours of personal independent study per week. This time may be spent researching academic topics appropriate to your studies, pursuing wider reading to support module content, working on individual and group projects, responding to weekly formative writing tasks set by your module tutors, or preparing and drafting summative assessments.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including The Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment and extensive electronic learning resources.

Duration

  • 3 years full-time
  • 4-6 years part-time
  • 4 years full-time including one year of placement

Timetables

Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that whilst we try to be as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week; and some classes can be scheduled in the evenings.

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to evaluate progress informally and prepare for formal assessments through the completion of formative assignments. Most modules will encourage you to complete weekly assignments that will be used as the basis for workshops and feedback exercises in the following week.

Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessment which will be graded and which will count towards your overall module grade. Assessment methods include creative submissions, essays, portfolios, presentations, group projects and a final year independent studies project. There are no examinations in Creative Writing.

The precise assessment requirements for individual students will vary depending on the optional modules taken, but the following is a typical summative assessment pattern for each year of the course:

Year 1

  • 4 essays or critical reflections
  • 2 individual or group presentations
  • 8 portfolios of creative writing (or single longer pieces)

Year 2

  • 5 essays or critical reflections
  • 1 group project
  • 1 performance or reading of creative work
  • 6 portfolios of creative writing (or single longer pieces)
  • 1 reflective portfolio relating to work placement

Year 3

  • 1 major independent study project of approximately 8,000 words
  • 7 portfolios of creative writing (or single longer pieces)
  • 1 practice-based creative project
  • 4 essays or critical reflections

Feedback

You will receive feedback on formative assessments and summative assessments undertaken. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on summative assessments 20 working days after the submission deadline.

Programme specification

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 document.

Meet the team

You will be taught by a team who are not only professional writers, but who are research active scholars contributing to the international research profile of the university. Members of the team have won numerous awards for their teaching including the Deputy Vice Chancellor Award for Excellence in Teaching (2019).

Staff members have creative outputs and publications in a wide range of creative fields and have a large network of professional connections in writing and associated industries such as publishing, editing, and advertising. All permanent members of the Creative Writing team are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy or an equivalent teaching qualification.

You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

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Dr Jack McGowan

Jack’s research focuses on contemporary poetry and poetics, and he specializes in the development of performance poetry in the UK since the mid-20th century, and the oral roots of poetry.

Jack is a performance poet with 10 years of experience on the UK spoken word scene and he writes for both performance and page publication.

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Ruth Stacey

As Admissions Tutor for Creative and Professional Writing, Ruth is responsible for processing new applications for study and recruitment of new students. This includes attending open days, organising events and visiting schools and colleges.

Ruth's poetry collectionQueen, Jewel, Mistresswas published by Eyewear Publishing2015. Alison Weir wrote that, Ruth Stacey's poems are exceptional. They evoke voices long silenced, and the very essence of these past lives and the ages in which they were lived. Her recent pamphlet,Inheritance, was published by Mothers Milk Books 2017. A duet with another poet, Katy Wareham Morris, it explored 19th century experience of motherhood, contrasted with a 21st century mother's voice. Inheritancewon Best Collaborative Work at the 2018 Saboteur Awards.

Forthcoming poetry collection, How to Wear Grunge, will be available from Knives, Forks & Spoons press Autumn 2018. Two of the poems from that collection are displayed as part of the 2018/19 Blackpool Illuminations.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Creative Writing is an extremely versatile degree programme. Employers in a wide variety of job markets value the creativity and creative thinking skills you will develop during the course.  Examples of careers you could enter as a graduate include:

  • Professional writing, including print publication, performance
  • Media, including publishing, editing, production, copywriting
  • Advertising, including digital content creation
  • Journalism, including print, broadcast, and digital media
  • Computer games design and development
  • Teaching, at compulsory and post-compulsory levels
  • Arts administration
  • Charitable and voluntary sectors
  • Civil Service
  • Human Resources
  • Doctoral research and academic careers

Creative Writing at the University of Worcester places a strong emphasis on developing your proficiencies in both oral and literate communication enabling you to express yourself with confidence and clarity.

Opportunities to expand your professional network at the University of Worcester will allow you to enter the workplace with valuable first-hand experience. Creative Writing students are also well suited to continue on to postgraduate study in a range of different disciplines. 

Student experience

Copywriter Raven Brookes from Creative Solutions Agency DRP, offering a masterclass in writing for clients.

Roy McFarlane reading from his collection, 'The Healing Next Time' as part of The Creative Writing Reading experience, a series of free events in The Hive.

Student Cath Darwen pitching to a literary agent at the Creative Writing Industry Day in Manchester 01/11/19. Please note, trips vary each year.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2020/21 is £12,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2020/21 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module, £2,313 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Students are encouraged to purchase their own copies of key texts. Briefing will be given by module tutors to ensure you are informed which texts are considered essential reading for their respective modules. All set and recommended texts are available as physical copies or e-copies through the university Library and other Learning Resources.

Students receive a standard allocation of credit in order to download and print digital resources from the Library or from module VLEs.

When trips and educational visits are arranged to enhance your learning experience, the School of Humanities will endeavour to ensure that these will be provided free of charge.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Creative Writing can be studied as a single honours degree (W800) or as part of a joint degree with another subject.

Joint Honours

Creative Writing and English Language BA (Hons) - WQ83
Creative Writing and English Literature BA (Hons) - WQ82
Creative Writing and History BA (Hons) - WV81
Creative Writing and Illustration BA (Hons) - WW82
Creative Writing and Screenwriting BA (Hons) - W990

UCAS Code

W800

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.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Ruth Stacey

Admissions Tutor