- UCAS Code
- Penryn Campus
- 3 years full-time
- Direct line
- 01326 213730
Being a great writer starts with being an enthusiastic and critical reader of all kinds of texts, from Shakespeare to flash fiction. By introducing you to other people's writing and criticism and helping you understand contemporary writing practice, Creative Writing at Falmouth will give you the knowledge and skills to develop your own voice and gain confidence as a writer.
With a range of options at each stage of the course, you'll gain an understanding of the creative process – from generating ideas to preparing work for submission or performance – and learn how to take your writing into the professional world beyond university. Building on a theoretical foundation gained through reading and analysing both literary and non-literary texts – from novels and films to music and digital media – you'll make connections between writers of different periods, the development of new technologies and the implications for your own writing.
We encourage you to undertake personal research, experiment with genre and form, and record your experiences imaginatively to build your confidence and technical ability. You'll also use social media and digital tools to share ideas and collaborate on projects. From a range of options, you'll have the chance to create a unique pathway through your degree and be able to specialise in various genres, forms and professional contexts, such as Poetry, Screenwriting, Writing for a Digital Age and Pitching for Publication.
How is the course taught
The course is taught through modules, with a choice of options throughout that enable you to specialise. Teaching is a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and self-directed learning. We offer our students a minimum of 12 hours contact time every week and, in addition, the opportunity for frequent one-to-one tutorials to support formal learning. In the third year, you'll produce a critically informed portfolio that showcases your skills in a range of writing styles, genres and techniques.
- Writing for newspapers, magazines and websites
- Writing for film, TV and radioWork in editorial, publishing, PR and marketing, and arts administration
- Teaching and postgraduate study
- Continuous assessment with no formal examinations
- Coursework and e-learning exercises
- Critical evaluation
- Final year creative portfolio and accompanying critical essay
Experience you'll get
- Workshops with renowned creative writers, literary experts and media professionals
- Write for and work on WiTH, our student journal of new writing
- Workshops and placements with schools, businesses, museums and arts organisations
- Frequent opportunities to perform and present in public
- Close connections with The Performance Centre's public programme
Interview and selection process
We invite all applicants to interview.
The interviews will last for approximately three hours and will include a tour of the campus, a group session and a short individual interview. We invite up to ten applicants to each interview session.
You will not be required to bring samples of your writing to the interview, however, you will be asked about your personal statement and your interests and achievements so far.
We are looking for enthusiasm and passion for Creative Writing. We are also looking for commitment to studying Creative Writing at Falmouth.
Interviews are currently taking place.
Location: Penryn Campus
What you'll do
The first year will cultivate your confidence and develop independent critical skills. Alongside the historical study of texts, you'll gain an understanding of creative and critical writing practices. Our distinctive structure is based around a foundation in The Craft of Writing, Literary Studies, and Cultural Theory (shared with our English and English with Creative Writing degrees) to provide an intellectual springboard from which you can forge your own unique pathway.
While continuing your study of literature, core modules allow you to experiment with Genre & Form and develop awareness of Audience & Context. Option modules encourage you to develop specialisms and writing practice; you can choose from English or Creative Writing modules including Writing Lyrics, Screenwriting, Texts & Technologies, and Short Stories among others.
In your final year, you'll engage in more extensive self-directed learning while continuing the chronological study of literature and culture up to the present day. You'll be encouraged to think about where your developing writing skills would fit in the writing industries. Creative Writing options include Novel Writing, Writing for Children and Pitching for Publication. In the final semester, you'll complete a creative writing portfolio and accompanying critical essay.