The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Creative and Professional Writing

Why choose this course?

Creative and Professional Writing specialist course combines the practice of writing for different audiences and in different contexts and genres with the development of a reflective and critical understanding of writing. It is one of the only courses in the country to combine creative and professional writing, giving it a real emphasis on employability.

Student writing, both in the classroom and in individual conferences, is the heartbeat of this specialist course. You will create, analyse and interpret different forms and styles of writing, focusing on three broad themes: craft of writing; reading as a writer; and working as a writer.

In all your creative and professional writing modules, you can expect to spend time exploring theory and technique, reading the work of established writers, experimenting through writing exercises and producing your own original pieces. You’ll be taught by published writers whose books cover a wide range of creative, professional and critical disciplines, we also invite special visiting lecturers from the world of publishing as well as internationally renowned authors.

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What happens on the course?

Typical modules may include:

Year 1: The Craft of Writing; Reading as a Writer; Reading and Writing Poetry; Myth; Popular Culture.

Year 2: Auto/Biography: Life Writing; Humour Writing; Journalistic Writing.

Year 3: Teaching Writing; Genre (e.g. fantasy and crime writing); Writing a Novel; Independent Writing Project.

Why Wolverhampton?

  • This course is one of the few in the country to combine English with creative and professional writing (most exclude the former). Thus there is a real emphasis on employability.
  • The course is taught by prize-winning, published writers whose books cover a wide range of creative, professional and critical disciplines (fiction, poetry, journalism, critical writing and scholarship etc).
  • Special visiting lecturers from the world of publishing are invited to speak on modules, as are internationally renowned authors.

Comments from our External Examiners on provision:
“The team in themselves are highly active and productive as writers - their publications in contemporary fiction, humour writing, literary criticism and creative writing pedagogy are important contributions to their respective fields and ensure the relevance and currency of their teaching.“

Career path

As well as gaining transferable skills and entrepreneurial ways of thinking valued in the workplace, this subject specifically prepares you for a diversity of writing occupations in journalism, marketing and technical writing. Some of our former students have gone on to become published novelists and poets, web content writers and designers, writing teachers and copy editors.

What skills will you gain?

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Think critically, reflectively and creatively about writing
  • Engage in the comprehension, analysis and appreciation of written texts using variety of written, oral and digital resources
  • Demonstrate key employment skills (e.g. self-management, IT, digital literacy, enterprise, working in groups)
  • Produce artistically coherent, original and technically adept writing
  • Articulate both orally and in writing knowledge and understanding of texts, theories, discourse conventions and strategies relevant to the study of creative and professional writing within a multicultural context
  • Source, research, assimilate and articulate material relevant to the production of creative and professional writing

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321150

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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Telephone

01902 32 22 22

Email

enquiries@wlv.ac.uk

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