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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