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COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Study the craft of writing through a multi-genre approach
  • Move progressively through a structured series of writing assignments and exercises, enhanced by a workshop environment
  • Immerse yourself in an independent creative project in your final year
  • Creative Writing at Winchester achieved more than 90% overall satisfaction as rated by final-year undergraduate students in the 2017 National Student Survey
  • Attend the University of Winchester Writers' Festival and Winchester Reading Series – an opportunity to meet authors, publishers and agents

The goal of our Creative Writing course at Winchester is simple: we want you to become the best writer you can be. To help you achieve this our department of passionate and supportive lecturers runs a practice-based programme with workshops designed to encourage you to evolve as a writer in new and individual ways.

As one of the most successful creative writing programmes of its kind in the UK, you are encouraged to see all types of writing in relation to wider literary, cultural and professional contexts. Whether you are crafting novels, poems or scripts our widely published academics help you to demonstrate a high level of technical skill, an aptitude for self expression, and a commitment to hard work and personal development.

The course seeks to move you progressively through a structured series of writing assignments and exercises, working on all genres of writing in the first year, and then allowing you to specialise in Years 2 and 3. Your work develops in a workshop environment bolstered by positive critical encouragement and direction throughout. Additional guidance is given on audience (for example, editor, agent or publisher) where appropriate.

In Year 2, the focus becomes more specific with a choice of modules that concentrate on elements of different genres such as writing for children, media writing, poetry, song and play, film and TV script.

In Year 3, the modules look increasingly at the relationships between writing and the world beyond the University, exploring publishing, producing, community audiences, writing and teaching. There is also an opportunity to work on an extended creative project in your chosen genre with one-to-one supervision from an expert in this field.

The course arms you with some fantastic transferable skills, such as confident and compelling storytelling, critical thinking and articulate expression. These abilities are valued in a variety of employment contexts including arts and entertainment as well as business and commerce.

Graduates become professional writers or follow careers in publishing, advertising, marketing, teaching or other professions that require advanced communication skills. Recent graduates have successfully set themselves up as freelance writers.

Careers

Graduates become professional writers or follow careers in publishing, advertising, marketing, teaching or other professions that require advanced communication skills. Recent graduates have successfully set themselves up as freelance writers.

Many of our graduates choose to go on to further study, both at Masters and Doctoral level. Recent graduates have also successfully set themselves up as freelance writers, or else gone into a variety of areas of employment including public service, charitable and community work, administration, teaching, publishing, banking, law, PR, marketing, copywriting, estate agency, sales authorship, recruitment, optometry

94.4% of our 2015/16 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course (The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degree with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Work placements

We offer the chance to conduct a work placement in Year 2.

Study abroad

Our BA (Hons) Creative Writing course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad in the United States of America (USA). For more information see our Study Abroad section.

Learning and teaching

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market.

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 300 hours
Independent learning: 900 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 300 hours
Independent learning: 900 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 240 hours
Independent learning: 960 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.

Key areas of the student experience include:

  • Opportunities to have work published in the Vortex student writing magazine, For more information, and to read back-issues of the magazine, please visit the 'Vortex' page
  • Students have the chance to attend the Winchester Writers Festival so they can meet authors, publishers and agents who attend

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on our King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester.

Assessment

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes.

Further details on assessment types used can be found  by attending an Open Day or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose.

The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

92% coursework
0% written exams
8% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

94% coursework
0% written exams
6% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

100% coursework
0% written exams
0% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures section.

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

112-128 points

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

International Baccalaureate: 27 points

If English is not your first language: Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
Send us a message

International students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at International@winchester.ac.uk or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by visiting us at an Open Day.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Poetry Now! (Poetry and Poetic Expression) 15

This module is designed to enable students to express their own creativity through various poetic forms. The module will introduce students to a varied range of poetry, and will require them to think about the relationship between the technical aspects of numerous forms and the content being expressed. The module will thus engage directly with some of the key issues in the study of the production of poetry. Practical work will be done in workshop groups, graduating to the production of independent poems in different forms, wherein choices of form are directly related to the accompanying poetic ‘message.’

Creative Voice 1 15

This module is designed as an opportunity for students to develop their own writerly skills within the context of an evolving creative exploration of a chosen idea. Throughout students will utilise many of the key skills that are crucial to being a writer, including researching, drafting, revising, editing and reading. Alongside this they will reflect on their own learning in workshops and whilst attending writing events or performances.

Fictional Writing 15

This module is designed as an introduction for students exploring their creativity through developing their own fictional writing. It will enable them to improve their own creative and critical skills, to learn how to express observations, experience and perceptions in the written form, whilst at the same time developing evaluative skills. The module will encourage students to be creative and imaginative in their thinking, as well as focusing on key aspects of fictional writing through a series of practical exercises. We will discuss point of view, characterisation, dialogue, plot, setting and other aspects of the fiction writer’s craft in relation to students’ own work and the work of published authors. This will introduce students to a varied range of approaches to literature/writing/creativity that focus on the text from a writer’s creatively-critical perspective. The module will thus engage directly with some of the key issues in the study of the production of fictional texts.

Publishing 1: Blogs & Social Media 15

This module is designed as the first of three ‘publishing’ modules across the course of the programme; in this module students develop short pieces of their own writing and select a quick publishing method appropriate to disseminating this work – using blogging as a basic form of  e-publishing, or else a chosen form of social media (Facebook, Twitter etc.). Students will choose the most appropriate form of publication to disseminate the particular text they wish to get ‘out there’ and will strive to connect with the defined, particular readership of said medium. Ultimately they will start to think about rudimentary e-publishing mechanisms as a way to start building their online identity as a writer and quickly start to engage with external audiences.

Language-Writing-Reading 15

This module is designed as an introduction to students exploring language and writing in various forms. The module will begin by looking at how language is used in different contexts and how the technical aspects of language need to be mastered in order to connect with different audiences, and to write in different forms. This focus on how language works and can be used then extends into both writing and reading different forms. Students will think about the nature of various reading approaches and strategies, including the notion of ‘reading as a writer,’ and how work by others can assist in their own development. By the end of the module, students will have a much more developed sense of techniques of writing and reading in different contexts.

Creative Non-fiction 15

This module is designed to enable students to work with non-fictional writings, and to learn how to express observations, experience and perceptions in the written form. The module is also intended to develop students’ creative and critical skills in tandem, understanding how to read and interpret writing as much as to produce it. As such students will be introduced to a varied range of approaches to non-fictional forms. Most work will be done in workshop groups, graduating to the production of independent pieces of non-fiction.

Scriptwriting 15

In this module, students will be introduced to the conventions, forms and techniques of scriptwriting. Students will develop their narrative skills, with particular focus on the deconstruction of story in the language of script narrative, story development, and analysis of story in relation to authorial and cultural contexts. Students will develop skills in the communication of script narrative though ‘pitch presentations’, and will practise the writing of outlines and script on the page. The module will concentrate on fiction (as opposed to documentary) and will utilise lectures, workshops, seminars and screenings.

Optional Credits

Optional modules

Persuasive Writing - 15 credits

Creativity - 15 credits

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Rewriting and Adapting 15

This module will introduce students to a variety of texts that all broadly fall within the same genre category. They will examine these texts in order to understand both the main genre they belong to and the genre features of the texts themselves. Students will then consider the various ways in which writers can rewrite/adapt/extend/echo texts of the past, at a theoretical level, before embarking on their own process of adapting or rewriting one of the focus texts within the context of a specified genre. This could mean that they change the form of the piece, extent or play with its genre features, or else change its genre entirely in an attempt to focus on or privilege a particular element of the original text that they decide merits attention. Thus practical creative writing will be informed by (for example) discussions as to the boundaries of genre and historical era, about the motivations for adaptation and rewriting, and of the cultural relevance and longevity of certain genres, such as Gothic, Romance, or Crime.

Creative Voice 2 15

This module is designed as a further opportunity (building on Creative Voice 1) for students to develop their own writerly skills within the context of an evolving creative exploration of ideas and stimulae. Students have the opportunity to consider issues linked to creative writing such as diversity and ethics while embracing and implementing all forms and aspects of research. Students will consider and challenge their own practices. The aim of this module is to prepare the students for their ECP in the third year by encouraging them to be creatively critical and critically creative.

Optional Credits

Optional modules

Publishing II: ebooks 15 Credits

The Short Story 15 Credits

Fiction for Children  15 Credits

Composing Song Lyrics 15 Credits

Creating Short Screenplays  15 Credits

Playwriting 1 15 Credits

Poetry: Making it New 15 Credits

Author Study 15 Credits

Writing & the Environment 15 Credits

Fairy Tale Fictions 15 Credits

Creative Writing Project 15 Credits

Fiction for Children 1: In the Beginning 15 Credits

Fiction for Children 2: From Middle to End 15 Credits

Creativity & the Imagination 15 Credits

Myths, Dreams & Creative Writing 15 Credits

Horror Fiction 15 Credits

Professional Placement Module 15 Credits

Writing & Ethnicity: Special Study 15 Credits

Copywriting 15 Credits

Report & Policy Writing 15 Credits

Scriptwriting for Mainstream Television 15 Credits

Travel Writing 15 Credits

Life Writing & Biography 15 Credits

Telling True Stories 15 Credits

Media Writing 15 Credits

Speechwriting 15 Credits

Volunteering for Creative & Professional Writing 15 Credits

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Creative Voice 3 15

This module is designed as a final opportunity (building on the previous Creative Voice modules) for students to reflect on their own development as writers and specific writerly skills that will be important as they go out into the world of work and writing beyond the University. Part of the module will be focused on skills development, such as how to write to publishers and agents, how to apply for jobs and produce a CV, and how to create a personal web presence and to present themselves to the wider world, whilst the rest will be about mapping each student’s personal development across the programme and how that has shaped the writer and the person they are now. Ultimately students will produce a portfolio of work that they can take with them after graduating as the basis for beginning relationships with publishers and employers.

Extended Creative Project 30

The Extended Creative Project consists of:

  • a piece of creative/professional writing of 8000 words (with word count exceptions such as those in a poetry collection to be agreed by supervising tutor)
  • a supporting rationale/contextualisation of 2000 words
  • a supporting bibliography

Study and writing is primarily student-directed, with supervision supplied by tutors teaching/researching in the area of creative writing.

Optional Credits

Optional modules

Students must take 3 Creative/Professional writing modules from the following list: 

Publishing III: hard-copy publishing

Playwriting 2

Creative Vigilance: fictions & metafictions

Non-Realist Writing

Scriptwriting: innovating within popular forms

Creative Non-fiction for Children

Poetry: Writing for Publication

Special Study

Writing for Display

Writing Comics & Graphic Novels

E-Writing

Script to Film

Page to Stage

Academic Writing

Advanced Fictional Writing

Film Script Development

Creativity: writing & teaching

Creative Visions

Experimental Writing

Adapting Crime Fictions

Poetry: Writing for Publication

The Writers’ Retreat

Creating an Author Collective

Business Storytelling

Writing-History-Fiction

Science Fictions & Fantasies

Writing for Radio 

Students must take 2 English Language modules from the following list: 

Old English II (only for students who have taken Old English 1)

The Evolution of Language

Crafted Text (only for students who have taken Analysing Discourse)

Cognitive Stylistics (only for students who have taken Analysing Discourse or Language and the Mind)

Language Death, Revival and Change (only for students who have taken Sociolinguistics)

English on the Periphery? (only for students who have taken Sociolinguistics)

English and the World

Language in Scotland (only for students who have taken Middle English: Texts in Context, Old English 1 or Sociolinguistics)

The History of Linguistics

Ethnography (only for students who have taken Analysing Discourse or Sociolinguistics)

Language Crimes (only for students who have taken Forensic Linguistics)

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Course Tuition Fees 

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,250. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students. Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.

Full-time £9,250 p/a

Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) | £28,450 (sandwich option)

UK/EU Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,938

International Students

Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) | £39,550** (sandwich option)

International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.

 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

Optional

Field trip

In students second year of study, there may be a field trip dependending on module choices. Cost £20.

Mandatory

Core texts

Copies of core texts are held within the library and e-books are identified where possible, however often students wish to purchase some books for their own use. It is possible for students to buy second-hand copies. Cost £160 per academic year.

SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES AND AWARDS

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards section.

Key course details

UCAS code
W800
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
112-128 points
Location
King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester