This flexible degree allows you to create your own blend of English Language, Literature and Creative writing to explore the world around you and find your creative voice. The course is assessed entirely by coursework and taught in interactive, small-group seminars.
You can follow your passions by focusing on writing prose, plays, or poetry and publish your work in our student anthology. The English Language side of the degree explores how language shapes identities and societies and is designed to provide specific tools for your own writing, giving you the power to re-shape self and society. You can also take literature modules to gain a deep understanding of a range of genres such as crime fiction, travel writing, postcolonial writing, and modern drama.
You’ll be able to participate in a range of trips, workshops and events, including international field trips, theatre visits to London and Stratford, open mic nights and improvisation comedy workshops. Cheltenham has a vibrant cultural life which includes the famous Cheltenham Literature Festival, Poetry Festival, the Everyman Theatre, and the Playhouse. As one of our writers, you’ll have the opportunity to work closely with professionals from the Everyman Theatre, and see your work performed by actors in a staged reading.
In your final year, you can learn about the publishing industry and how to submit your work to professional magazines and markets. Uniquely, this course includes optional practical communication modules where you can gain leadership skills in inspirational speaking, persuasive writing, active listening, visual design and ethical argumentation. These skills will provide a foundation for life and employment.
We’re a close-knit community and our students benefit from a high level of support. Lectures, seminars and writing workshops are taught in small groups by published academics and professional authors with one-to-one tutorials always available. In lectures and seminars, you'll gain a detailed understanding of linguistic and literary techniques behind great writing. In workshops, you'll work with staff and other students to develop your own stories, plays, novels and poems.
Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course.
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"The best piece of writing advice anyone ever gave me was: don't do it for any other reason than because it's in your bones. Storytelling has always been in my bones, and I love sharing this passion with our students, helping them develop their own writerly instincts, techniques and voices. Of course, stories are never just stories: by learning to express ourselves, we learn to reach our fellow humans and to live better in the world. It's a privilege to see our Creative Writing community at the University grow in confidence and accomplishment, and take their places on the wider writing and publishing stage."
Be taught by published writers and academics
You’ll learn from published authors and academics including prize-winning poet Professor Nigel McLoughlin; Dr Nicola Rivers, author of Postfeminism(s) and the Arrival of the Fourth Wave; Professor Arran Stibbe whose work explores how language shapes identities and society; Professor Paul Innes, author of Shakespeare's Roman Plays; Professor John Hughes who wrote Invisible Now: Bob Dylan in the 1960s; and acclaimed author Lania Knight who wrote Remnant and Three Cubic Feet. Arran Stibbe and Nigel McLoughlin have both received the top national NTF award for teaching excellence.
Take part in literature and poetry festivals
Cheltenham is home to The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival. You can get involved in a number of activities around the event. Students have performed their work, interviewed contributors, reviewed events and been volunteers. There is also the renowned Poetry festival which offers internships to students to help organise the festival and perform their poetry.
Take part in practical workshops
Hone your speaking and writing skills through taking part in a wide range of practical workshops such as storytelling, voice training, presentation skills, comedy improvisation, nature poetry writing or parachute teamwork games.