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Develop your skills as a writer and your ability to critically engage with literary texts
Our BA (Hons) Creative Writing and English course allows you to learn, and then specialise in, a wide-range of creative writing disciplines and critical approaches to literature.
As you develop your creative voice and find your style, you’ll develop your ability to critically engage with a broad range of literature and critical theory from the Renaissance through to the present day.
You’ll learn from our team of practicing and published poets, short story writers, novelists, dramatists and screenwriters, all of whom have extensive experience of the industry.
You’ll also work with experienced English Literature academics who use the latest research and pedagogical techniques in their teaching to ensure you have access to the latest creative developments and critical debates in fiction, poetry, and dramatic work.
On this course you will:
- Study the craft of writing in many genres, including short fiction, poetry, novels, screenplays, digital writing and creative non-fiction.
- Gain a critical insight into literature from a variety of contexts and time periods.
- Learn from our expert team of published writers and leading academics.
- Engage with contemporary issues in your writing such as climate change, race and sexuality.
- Build your degree around your interests.
- Meet and talk with agents and editors at our annual publishing panel.
Define your degree path by your creative and critical interests
Our BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing course allows you to build your degree around your own interests.
We offer a wide range of modules that cover different aspects of creative writing and literary study. You can construct your degree to make it reflect you as much as possible and allow your creative and critical voices to thrive.
In your first year, you will learn to tap into your own experience and engage with the wider world for creative material. You will also begin to explore the fundamental critical works of Marx, Barthes, and Butler.
In your second year, you will explore poetry, short fiction, life writing, flash fiction, and writing for children. In your literary studies you will have the opportunity to explore prose and poetry and developing genres, explore literary history from the Renaissance to the Romantics, and engage with contesting texts from the twentieth century.
The creative modules in your final year allow you to explore your discipline and genre of choice. You will also explore more specific genres such as YA fiction, flash fiction, digital writing, fantasy, and science fiction. You will explore the novel, short stories and poetry.
Alongside this, you will have the opportunity to study psychoanalysis, fantasy literature and fairy tales, both twentieth and twenty-first century literature, and the representations of both culture and death.
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This module introduces you to the basics of creating credible characters. The module will prompt you to make artistic decisions about the history of your characters, the setting and time of your characters’ lives, character motivation, and perspective.
Teaching and Assessment
Learn from published writers and English Literature experts
Much of our teaching takes place in small groups. Within these classes, you will typically discuss good writing practice and workshop your own writing.
Our commitment to smaller class sizes allows you to feel more confident to discuss your ideas in a supportive environment. It also allows your tutors get to know you and how best to aid your development.
Creative writing modules are predominately assessed through portfolios of work. Your English Literature modules will be assessed through essays, exams and presentations. The Writing Placement module will be assessed through a reflective report.
Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, allowing you to clearly see your academic progress at all stages of the course.
Gain unique insight into the creative writing industry
The University boasts a blossoming writing culture and community, with regular book launches and conferences.
We also run special events with renowned creative writers. As a Creative Writing and English Literature student, you can use these as opportunities to learn more from those with critical insight into the industry.
Some renowned authors to have visited the University in recent years include:
- Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy
- Matthew Sweeney
- Helen Dunmore
- Jo Shapcott
- Sarah Hall
- Bernardine Evaristo
- Vicki Feaver
- Sarah Hall
- Kate Mosse
- Alison MacLeod
- John McCullough.
Gain vital experience within the workplace
The Work Placement module allows you to develop your skills in a work environment and gain vital experience to put you ahead in your future career.
This allows you to gain experience in, for example, a workplace such as a local newspaper or as a writer-in-residence. You will then use the skills you have learnt on your course in order to reflect critically on the world of work.
Open up your future career options
Our Creative Writing and English graduates are highly valued by employers for their problem solving and exceptional communication skills and often continue into a variety of diverse careers.
The key to a Creative Writing and English Literature degree is communication, and at Chichester we focus on your abilities in written and spoken expression.
Career paths include:
Creative writing success
The last few years have shown a fabulous flowering of our Creative Writing students’ work. Many students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level have continued on to become published writers.
You can also continue your studies with one of our postgraduate courses. Chichester alumni receive a 15% discount on our postgraduate courses.
- MA Creative Writing
- MA English Literature
- Postgraduate Research (MPhil/PhD)