Throughout the Creative Writing course, you will be exposed to professional industries to gain a solid understanding of all the opportunities available to writers.
Interacting with a wide range of writing-related industries will equip you with the creative and critical tools for continuing your writing beyond the course into a professional context, whether in industry or further study and research.
You will hear from and network with a variety of industry professionals including publishers, agents, arts organisations, and funding bodies to gain a solid understanding of possible ways to make an income as a writer.
In your second year, you will be paired with a professional writer or editor, where possible, who will guide you, alongside academic staff, as you undertake a project of your choice.
This enables you to follow your independent interests and develop projects whilst guided and mentored by professional writers and/or editors, allowing you to explore, experiment, and hone your craft, nurtured by experts in your chosen field of study.
The course will help you to build connections and networks with professional writers.
This course benefits from the expert input of professional poet, Andrew McMillan, who acted as a consultant and helped develop the poetry unit of the course.
Andrew’s debut poetry collection was the first ever poetry collection to win The Guardian First Book Award. He has also written as a journalist for The Guardian and The Independent and appeared on BBC Radio 3 and 4.
You can read more about Andrew here.
Another consultant during the development stages of the course was award-winning children’s author, Ali Sparkes. Ali offered great advice about our mentorship scheme and bringing writers, agents and publishers to the course.
Ali has published over 40 books, and her novel Frozen In Time won the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award, 2010.
You can find out more about Ali here.