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BA (Hons) Creative Writing

Wrexham Glyndwr University
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Course UCAS code: CWCW
Qualification type:
  • BA (Hons), Full-time , Duration: 3 Years
Course Summary:
Our BA Hons Creative Writing degree will give you the chance to learn about and practice writing techniques and apply those skills in original and imaginative ways. Students will: Explore a range of narrative, drama, and poetry, looking closely at the composition, drafting, editing, and polishing of pieces of writing Explore writing practice as well as engagement with the processes of textual production undertaken by existing writers across a period of times and genres Develop and demonstrate analytical skills through the essay form and your own practice Gain essential skills, qualifications and experience to start a career in a wide range of professions Develop a good understanding of industry practice and will benefit from Glyndwr’s memorandum of agreement with Literature Wales
YEAR 1 (LEVEL 4) In your first year, you will study introductory modules which are designed to provide skills for studying at university within the field of Creative Writing. You will engage creatively and imaginatively with existing models and produce your own original writing. MODULES Introduction to Creative Writing (20 credits) Life Writing (20 credits) Personal, Professional and Academic Skills (20 credits) Introduction to Writing For Children (20 credits) The Language of Creative Writing (20 credits) Text to Screen (20 credits) All modules are core to the programme. All 20 credit level 4 modules will have 36 hours of scheduled teaching and 164 hours of guided independent study and will be assessed by a 4000-word portfolio or the equivalent coursework. YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5) In your second year, you will practise a number of different kinds of writing and develop a sophisticated use of language, apply research and bibliographic skills when required and reflect critically on your own creative practice. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of principal literary genres including prose, poetry and drama and writing for various media including film, radio and stage. All the modules studied are core to the programme. MODULES Creative Writing For Adults (20 credits) Writing Historical Fiction (20 credits) The Short Story (20 credits) Writing Crime Fiction and Thrillers (20 credits) Independent Project (20 credits) Research Methods (20 credits) All 20 credit level 5 modules will have 30 hours of scheduled teaching and 170 hours of guided independent study and will be assessed by 4000 words of written work or in the case of the Research Methods module a presentation and 2000 word proposal. YEAR 3 (LEVEL 6) In your third year you will further develop your understanding of the technical requirements of a number of forms of writing; develop an understanding of editorial processes and approaches; continue to experience a range of forms of writing and develop a grasp of literary history and critical approaches. MODULES Writing For Children (Extended Practice) (20 credits) Science Fiction (20 credits) The Graphic Novel (20 credits) Gender, Sexuality and Writing (20 credits) All 20 credit level 6 modules will have 24 hours of scheduled teaching and 174 hours of guided independent study and the allocation is doubled for the 40 credit module. All 20 credit modules will be assessed by a portfolio of work or a project equivalent to 4000 words. The 40 credit Extended Project is 40 credits and will be assessed by an 8,000-word project.
Assessment Methods:
Coursework is the most important kind of assessment for Creative Writing. It is the quality of the final written product that counts, in terms of creativity, originality, and technical proficiency in the use of language. In addition, you will be expected to show accompanying evidence of creative and technical processes, knowledge of reader or client considerations as well as self-critical reflection at various stages of the writing process. The majority of assessment will take the form of portfolios of finished written products, accompanied by critical and discursive accounts of the practices and processes leading to the final submission of written work. All teaching methods are designed to focus your attention on your own creative and technical development as a writer, to develop skills and confidence in critical reflection as a basis for improving drafts, and breadth of expertise as a producer as well as critic of literature and text in general. Within the text-focussed modules the aim is to develop your knowledge, analytical capability, research skills, and confidence in your own writing. The lecture provides subject knowledge, critical approaches to interpretation of literary texts and guidance for discussion and development of different writing styles. The content of lectures and seminars are determined by the module level, with level 4 modules being largely introductory while modules at levels 5 and 6 will be focused on more in-depth studies of authors and literary periods. The level 4 module Personal, Professional and Academic Skills provides you with a variety of skills and approaches to enable you to become effective learners and which prepares you for your subject studies. Wrexham Glyndwr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential. We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available. We use a range of assessment methods on this course including: coursework assignments, unseen examinations, portfolios, class presentations, literary searches/ reports and a dissertation.
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15 January

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Great lectures and teaching, the staff are so friendly. The two libraries are huge, too, and the dedicated humanities library in particular is a big help. The racecourse stadium also holds the rugby world cup, which is really exciting! You'll spend a lot of great nights at Central Station and Liquid and Envy. There's also a load of great theatres, like Grove Park, and loads of great gigs on down The Old Swan and Penny Blacks. There's so much to do!

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Provisional for Year 1 for Channel Islands at £9,000
Provisional for Year 1 for International at £11,750
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  • Cathy L's avatar by Cathy L on 25th July 2019
    The facilities, staff, and students make this place what it is. The help and support that everyone provides is on a high scale, including students supporting other students. I am aware that not everyone has the same experience as another but I don't think there is any issue or problem that cant be solved within student life. If you take up all the help that is on offer to pass your chosen course then there is no reason for failure. For me, Glyndwr has been life changing in so many ways.
  • debbiemay78's avatar by debbiemay78 on 10th July 2019
    I'm really happy at Glyndwr, Not only in my studies but in the opportunities I have had access to leading to a new job and a fab voluntary opportunity, my life has been enriched in many ways! I only wish I had come sooner.
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