The Creative Writing course at Chester has a logic to it which is easy to understand and is highly attractive to our students. In the first year, students study three core modules, one in fiction, one in poetry and one in drama. These provide the foundation for all that is to come later.
With this essential grounding in the basic forms of creative writing, the student then goes on to study ancient and modern forms of fiction, drama and poetry. We look closely at how the oldest stories still pervade our life and our writing, and how we can employ those myths and legends ourselves, as so many contemporary writers are doing. The end of the course offers a range of optional modules and a Writing Project (which allows students to write an extended piece of prose or poetry).
Why study Creative Writing at Chester?
If you think of yourself as a creative person and enjoy reading and writing, then a combined honours degree in Creative Writing might be the perfect choice for you. Perhaps you have enjoyed studying literature and have admired the skills that the great writers of the past and present have brought to the subjects and themes that excite you. Well, why not become a creative writer yourself? Whether you want to write fiction, poetry, drama, film scripts, biography, journals or travel books, a course in Creative Writing will help you develop the techniques and skills you need to become an effective writer.
We place Creative Writing in a broad context, giving you an opportunity to practise writing in a variety of forms, styles and genres. Good creative writers are able to bring their creative skills to bear on many different kinds of writing. All writers, even the best in one field, have to write in a variety of ways: the successful novelist, for instance, usually also has to write factual prose, journalism, reviews, criticism, and essays. Our Creative Writing course recognises the importance of the range of writing skills to the student who wishes later to apply their expertise to a range of possible employment situations.
We also believe in the importance of exploring the skills, methods and techniques of some of the greatest authors of the past and present. To write good fiction you need to understand how other writers have met the challenges of characterisation, point of view, narrative voice, and plot. The good poet needs to know what poetic forms are possible, and how these have been used by others. But the most important part of your work will be the writing of your own prose, poetry and drama.
The course covers a range of modules, typically including the following:
- Understanding Poetry – an introduction to the range of poetic skills and techniques
- Understanding Prose – an introduction to writing short stories and novels
- Understanding Dramatic Writing – writing for the theatre and the screen
- Varieties of Fiction – working within a range of fictional genres
- Drafts and Drafting – writing as a process
- Anthologies and Collections – putting poems and stories together
- An Introduction to Publishing and Editing – the nuts and bolts of publishing your work
- Research Methods for Writers – what writers need to know, and where they find it
- Science Fiction – writing within a popular genre
- Writing Poetry for Publication – developing your poetic skills
- Popular Fictions – writing for the masses
- Issues in Contemporary Drama – creating drama about the world now
- Crime Fiction – one of the best-loved forms of fiction
- Out of Their Minds: Representing Madness – studying writing for the screen
- The Writing Project – your own special writing project
- Writing for the Screen – the special demands of scriptwriting
- Writing Drama – developing theatre skills
- Writing The Past – making sense of the present in terms of the past
- A Day in the Life – a model for fiction
Assessment varies from module to module. Students compile portfolios of creative writing, including evidence of their drafts; write essays and other kinds of critical and factual prose; and give seminar papers and oral presentations.
They also do a range of other kinds of assessed work. Coursework is by far the most important kind of assessment for creative writers, so there is no formal examination for this course.
The course will prepare you for a wide range of jobs including:
Jobs directly related to your degree:
- Newspaper journalist
- Editorial assistant
- Advertising account executive
- Advertising copywriter
- English as a foreign language teacher
Jobs where your degree would be useful:
- Arts administrator
- Academic librarian, information officer,records manager
- Charity officer
- Marketing executive
- Programme researcher, broadcasting/film/video
- Public relations officer
- Runner, broadcasting/film/video
You will be equipped with transferable skills which are valued by employers such as:
- working independently;
- time management skills;
- ability to plan and research written work;
- effectively conveying arguments and opinions;
- using judgement when weighing up different options and alternative perspectives;
- skills in critical reasoning and analysis.
If you are studying this course on a combined basis you should look at options with both subjects.
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|UCAS points:||A minimum of 240 – 280 UCAS points from GCE A Levels, including a grade C in one of the subjects recommended by the department|
|GCE A Level:||The department recommends one of the following subjects:
GCE A Level: English Language, English Literature, English Combined (Language and Literature)
|BTEC:||BTEC National Diploma/Certificate: merit/distinction profile plus one of the GCE A Level subjects listed above|
|Irish/Scottish Highers:||B in 4 subjects, including English|
|International Baccalaureate:||26 points, including 4 in English|
|QAA:||QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma (must include English
Language or Literature at Level 3), Open College Units or
Open University Credits in English Literature/Language
|OCR:||OCR National Extended/Diploma: merit profile plus one of the GCE A level subjects listed above|
|Extra Information:||The Advanced Diploma: acceptable in combination with one of the GCE A Level subjects listed above
Welsh Baccalaureate (core) will be recognised in our tariff offer.
For details about your course or your application please get in touch.
Ben Broughton, Programme Leader for Popular Music
- T: 01244 513132
- F: 01244 515800
- E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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