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Creative Writing Welcome Guide - Overview
Your Welcome Guide

We're delighted to have you join us at Arts University Bournemouth, and hope that your time here will be rewarding, challenging, creative and enjoyable.

Welcome to the BA (Hons) Creative Writing course

This welcome pack is designed to give you an idea of what to expect during the first weeks of your course. Please take the time to read it carefully and take particular note of the pre-course preparation. We hope that you will enjoy a happy and productive time with us, and we look forward to meeting you in October.

A message from your Course Leader

Congratulations on gaining your place! I can’t wait to welcome you – prepare yourself for an exciting and stimulating three years.

We’ll help you express yourself in your chosen form, style or genre. You’ll hone your craft, exploring different audiences, and discover ways of getting your work out there. As Maya Angelou says, “write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.”

During the course, you’ll meet industry professionals including authors, publishers and literary agents in order to help you build networks and prepare you for future careers in the creative industries sector.

This is the first chapter in what I’m sure will be a rewarding and inspiring journey.

- Dr James Cole, Course Leader

Before you join us

Your Summer Project is to read broadly, picking up authors/poets/screenwriters you might not have come across before. Keep a list of who/what you’ve been reading as it’ll be great to share these with the class.

Take a line from one of these authors – it might be the opening line of a novel or a line of dialogue from a screenplay etc – and use it as a starting point for a new piece of writing. Take it in any direction you like and in any form.

Try the same activity from a different author but see if you can link the two pieces of writing together somehow. Maybe they share characters or tone or theme.

You can do this activity as many times as you like – ‘borrowing’ as a writer can be a great way to kickstart your own pieces.

How to submit your summer project

You can bring any writing that comes out of the Summer Project to Welcome Week where there’ll be a chance to share your work with the group, if you would like.

One of the key skills you’ll develop over your time with us is how to read as a writer. You’ll be reading a variety of fiction, poetry, scripts and creative non-fiction, as well as academic literature that will provide you with an essential historical and theoretical context for your work.

When you arrive we will give you an extensive and clearly structured list of reading material. A key text that we'll use is The Handbook of Creative Writing edited by Steven Earnshaw – this is available in our Library or you might want to borrow a copy from your local library to look at before you arrive.

Our Library is well-stocked with the relevant course books to support your studies and rather than buy anything before you arrive, we suggest you have a good look in the Library in your first few weeks here and if you find a book you like and know you will want to refer to, buy your own copy.

You might like to look at the following online journals that provide useful contextual information around the theory and practice of Creative Writing:

There are also some useful writing-related websites you might be interested in taking a look at:

If you read one thing before you arrive, we recommend...


Letters to a Young Writer

Colum McCann

Current student work

Have a look through some of the work our current students are producing to get an idea of the type of work you may be making on our course.

What to bring on your first day

You won’t need much on the first day – just bring a notebook and pen or a laptop and we’ll be ready to go.

Throughout the course you may need the following items:

  • 2 or 3 ring binders for lecture notes, handouts, etc.
  • Notebooks and pens (writing pens, highlighters, etc.)
  • Plastic sleeves for protecting and presenting work
  • Memory stick, external hard drive for backing up your computer work
  • Hole punch, stapler, etc.

AUB Students are encouraged to bring their own Laptop and Mobile device to AUB to support Online Learning, Collaboration and Communication whilst at University.

AUB provides access to a range of free software and discounts on Apple and Dell hardware. We recommend that you wait until you have set up your AUB IT account to access this free software and discounted hardware if you are planning on investing in a new computer.

Even if your course does not specifically use Adobe Creative Cloud we would recommend that you try to make sure your computer is able to run this software.

We recommend that you format any external hard-drives/USB sticks to work on both Apple and Windows.

Please note, this course uses both Apple and Windows computers.

As your course includes a lot of typed written work we recommend that you have access to a keyboard.

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Overview

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