Creative Writing (BA Hons)

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Full-Time or Part-Time


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Develop your creative writing with award-winning writers on a course with 100% overall satisfaction (National Student Survey 2016)

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Learn from award-winning writers

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Be mentored by professional authors who will help you find your creative voice. See your work performed by actors in a staged reading, and get published in our student-led magazine, Show Don’t Tell, as well as our annual paperback anthology, the New Writing Series. Our Creative Writing degrees are in the top 20 of new universities for student experience in the Times University Guide 2016.

From poetry and playwriting to short stories and novels, you’ll focus on your existing creative passions and experiment with a wide range of styles, modes, and genres. In your first year you’ll explore the fundamentals of prose, poetry and dramatic writing, before pursuing your chosen strand, or strands if you’re keen to combine a mix of creative areas. This course rates among the best in the UK for student satisfaction (NSS 2014). It offers a fulfilling experience for those serious about learning the writer’s craft and pursuing a career in the creative industries.You’ll benefit from industry links with the Parabola Arts Centre, the Everyman Theatre and London-based literary agency Johnson & Alcock, which judges our annual novel writing contest. Cheltenham is also home to The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival that attracts writers, journalists, philosophers and historians from around the globe.

You’ll learn from award-winning lecturers who specialise in a variety of genres, including transgressive writing, confessional poetry, sci-fi, horror, and speculative fiction. This includes Professor Nigel McLoughlin, twice shortlisted for the Hennesey Award, and Tyler Keevil, winner of the Journey Prize and the Wales Book of the Year Peoples’ Prize. There are plenty of opportunities to showcase your work. Students read at open mic nights, see their plays performed by professional actors, and submit to our novel writing contest.

The professional focus of your final year will prepare you for your career in the creative industries. You’ll meet with established authors, agents, and editors, and learn about the publishing industry including composing your writer’s biography and learning how to submit your work to relevant magazines and markets.

Study style

We’re a close-knit creative writing community and our students benefit from a high level of support from each other and staff. The course includes a mix of lectures, seminars and one-to-one tutorials - all taught by professional authors. In lectures, you'll learn the fundamentals of good writing by studying the greats, both classic and contemporary. In workshops, you'll develop your own stories, plays, novels and poems. Regular writing workshops mean you can share your work with peers and get their feedback.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2018 entry

112 tariff points

Typical offers

BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2018 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.

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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
Single Honours - 3 years full-timeW800


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  • Blog writer
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  • Publisher
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Student Focus

Charlotte Harrison

I created ‘Show Don’t Tell’, the first university magazine about creative writing.

My lecturer has been amazing at supporting the magazine, helping with funding and contacts. His enthusiasm for it made it happen. It’s written by students, for students and packed full of tips and advice. I love our creative writing workshops. We share work, critique and inspire each other as well as getting personal writing support from lecturers. And, we have industry guests such as creative experts from the Everyman Theatre. I love writing. I can’t stop!

Industry links

Work with Parabola Arts Centre, the Everyman Theatre, Johnson & Alcock, The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival. You can join the Creative Writing society, take part in literature-themed social events, and showcase your work at friendly and vibrant open mic nights.

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Staff Profile

Tyler Keevil

"I teach Creative Writing because I believe in the importance of story; it is an essential part of being human, a way of making sense of our world and our place in it. When I first came to the UK I worked with the theatre company, Theatr Powys, and they instilled in me a passion for learning and teaching through narrative. In my classes I aim to carry on that tradition by introducing students to some of my favourite works, teaching them the fundamentals of good writing, and helping them to develop their own creative voice."

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Collaborate with industry professionals

On our dramatic writing modules, you'll have the opportunity to work with Cheltenham’s renowned Everyman Theatre. You’ll develop your play at the theatre with the artistic director, a playwright, and resident actors – leading to a staged reading open to your peers, tutors, and the public.


Learn from award-winning writers

You'll be taught by award-winning writers, including Professor Nigel McLoughlin, whose work has appeared in The Guardian, the Independent on Sunday, and The Irish Times, and Tyler Keevil, winner of the Writers’ Trust of Canada Journey Prize and the Wales Book of the Year People's Prize.

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Get your work published

The course offers a range of publishing opportunities. Students can submit to our student-led magazine, Show Don't Tell, as well as our annual student paperwork anthology, The New Writing Series.


Contact us

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