BA (Hons) Creative Writing and History Shape your creative voice and critical skills with a focus on history Course in Islamabad || Registration Open
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Develop your skills as a writer and grow your ability to critically engage with historical debate
Our BA (Hons) Creative Writing and History course grows your ability as a creative writer as you develop your knowledge of historical analysis, critical debate, and research skills.
Learn from our team of practising and published poets, short story writers, novelists, dramatists and screenwriters, as you develop and find the creative writing medium that fits your voice.
In addition, you will explore your passion for history with modules that cover the Medieval period through into the twenty first century: both in Britain and across the world.
You’ll work with experienced tutors and experts who use the latest research to underlie their teaching to ensure that you have access to emerging creative writing techniques and the latest debates within the study of history.
On this course you will:
- Study the craft of writing short fiction, poetry, novels, screenplays and creative non-fiction.
- Gain a critical insight into historical societies 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 historical interests
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 examine key events and contexts from throughout The Crusades, The Tudors, and Britain in the First World War.
In your second year, you will explore poetry, short fiction, life writing, flash fiction, and writing for children. Your historical studies will explore witchcraft, colonial and decolonisation histories, and thoughts and theologies of Medieval societies.
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, your historical studies will conclude with a focus on acts of separation, resistance and change. You will also explore Early Modern shopping and trade, historical attitudes to death, and the representation of history within graphic novels.
Select a year
The Writer’s Notebook
This module introduces you to keeping a writer’s notebook and how to use this as a storehouse of ideas, images, research and drafts. You will also learn about the journey from rough idea to finished piece as you examine a selection of case studies of notebook entries, drafts, and published work.
Teaching and Assessment
Learn from published writers and experts from the field of History
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 History modules will mainly be assessed through a combination essays, exams and presentations.
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 History 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.
Alternatively, you could pursue opportunities linked to your history modules and will have the option to work with sector-leading museums, galleries or heritage sites.
Our prestigious partners include Arundel Castle, Emsworth Museum, the West Sussex Record Office, and the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum – the setting for the BBC One show The Repair Show.
Our prestigious local partners include:
- Arundel Castle
- Bignor Roman Villa
- Butser Ancient Farm
- Chichester Cathedral
- Chichester District Museum
- D-Day Museum, Southsea
- Emsworth Museum
- Fishbourne Roman Palace
- Mary Rose Museum
- Pallant House Gallery
- Petworth House
- Portsmouth City Museum
- Royal Marines Museum
- Tangmere Aviation Museum
- University of Chichester Archive Collections
- Weald and Downland Open Air Museum
- West Sussex Record Office
- Worthing Library
Open up your future career options
Our Creative Writing and History graduates are highly-valued by employers for their strong problem solving and communication skills and often continue into a variety of careers.
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.
- MA Creative Writing
- MA Cultural History
- MA English Literature
- MRes The History of Africa and the African Diaspora
- Postgraduate Research (MPhil/PhD)