Creative Writing BA(Hons)

UCAS Code
W890
Location
Penryn Campus
Length
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 213730

Creative Writing at Falmouth starts with you as a writer and creative producer.

You'll be part of an inspiring writing community in the School of Writing & Journalism, where you can write beyond the conventional page, learn how the latest fiction or screenplay is influenced by different writing traditions, explore audiences in the virtual and real world, and discover what that means for your own writing.

If you want to develop new ideas and technical skills, and learn more about the 'business' of writing, you'll enjoy working with our experienced and dedicated staff.

How the course is taught

We reflect the entire creative process in our course, whether developing the regular habit of writing, peer reviewing, working on group projects, or preparing work for submission and performance. You'll be introduced to contemporary writing practice and its professional contexts, ensuring that you understand the demands of publishing and content industries. We also encourage student choice, enabling you to develop the skills to write for a range of markets, from poetry, fiction, and non-fiction to screenwriting and digital games.

Teaching is a combination of lectures, seminars, live briefs, workshops and self-directed learning. Our students benefit from a significant amount of contact time every week and the opportunity for frequent one-to-one tutorials.

Course outline

You'll learn the craft of creative writing and how to draft, edit and pitch your work through mandatory modules that explore a range of genres, forms and audiences. You'll also have the opportunity to specialise in areas such as poetry, non-fiction, scriptwriting, YA fiction, or writing for digital games.

Working on your final portfolio, industry-engaged projects, and online profile, means that you graduate with the confidence and technical skills necessary to launch you into professional practice or postgraduate study.

What you'll do

Year 1

The first year provides foundational skills and knowledge of contemporary writing practice. You'll be immersed in writing culture - writing, reading, generating ideas and learning more about audiences and the professional contexts of writing.

Semester 1

  • The Craft of Writing
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
    This module provides an introduction to the practice and craft of creative writing.
  • Writing Toolkit
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
    In this module you'll learn the nuts and bolts of writing, from composition to editing.
  • Reading as a Writer
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
    In this module you'll explore strategies for reading, from the canon to book blogs.

Semester 2

  • Genre & Audience
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
    In this module, you'll learn the essentials of writing for different genres, audiences, and contexts.
  • Introduction to Publishing
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
    This module introduces you to the professional contexts of writing, from small presses, to agents, the book trade, and digital books.
  • Writing as a Reader
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
    In this module you'll explore strategies for writing back to texts, both creatively and critically

New modules subject to validation

Year 2

The second year allows you to experiment with different forms of writing, from screenwriting to fiction, while developing your ability to generate ideas, pitch, and collaborate on set and negotiated projects.

Semester 1

  • Writing Project I
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
    In this module you'll work independently and in teams on a variety of set writing projects. You'll produce your own creative journal and collaborative final project.

Select two of the following Writing Workshop modules:

  • Screenwriting Workshop (20 credits 10 ECTS)
  • Poetry Workshop (20 credits 10 ECTS)
  • Games & Digital Writing Workshop (20 credits 10 ECTS)

Semester 2

  • Writing Project II
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
    With Project I as a building block, you'll work on developing your own brief, from idea generation, to pitching, and realising the final project.

Select two of the following Writing Workshop modules:

  • Creative Non-Fiction Workshop (20 credits 10 ECTS)
  • Fiction Workshop (20 credits 10 ECTS)
  • Script Workshop: Radio & Theatre (20 credits 10 ECTS)

New modules subject to validation

Year 3

This year is a springboard to your future, beyond university. Working on your creative writing portfolio and a collaborative project, alongside a chosen specialism from one of the advanced writing workshops means that you graduate with the confidence and skills necessary to launch you into professional practice or postgraduate study.

Semester 1

  • Collaborative Project
    (40 credits 20 ECTS)
    This module allows you to consider the writer's role as part of a creative eco-system, by offering structured opportunities for collaboration in key areas of the creative industries.

Select one of the following Advanced Writing Workshop Modules:

  • Lifestyle Writing Workshop: Food, Fashion, Sport, Health (20 credits 10 ECTS)
  • Travel, Place & Environment Writing Workshop (20 credits 10 ECTS)
  • Children & Young Adult Writing Workshop (20 credits 10 ECTS)

Semester 2

  • Creative Writing Portfolio
    (40 credits 20 ECTS)
    Independent portfolio of creative work.
  • Transitions: Writer in the Marketplace
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
    In this module you'll consider how writers curate, manage, and promote themselves and their work, both historically, and in the contemporary global marketplace.

New modules subject to validation

Facilities

Falmouth's extensive facilities include:

  • Digital labs, lecture theatres and seminar rooms
  • Libraries housing a collection of 140,000 books, 17,000 DVD and video titles, and exhaustive electronic and journal resources

Staff

You'll be taught by published writers and academics with expertise in areas such as screenwriting, radio, and theatre, contemporary poetry, digital texts, writing for games, writing and environment, fiction and non-fiction, publishing and print culture, children's and Young Adult writing.

Experience you'll get

  • Our course combines writing practice with academic study ensuring that you are prepared for the demands of a life in writing, publishing, words
  • Work on live briefs with creative industry partners
  • Benefit from lectures and workshops with high-profile guest speakers and our Writers in Residence. Recent residencies have featured Matt Haig, Philip Marsden, Lionel Shriver, Iain Sinclair, Don Paterson and Simon Armitage
  • Write for or join the editorial team on WiTH, our student journal of new writing

Assessment

  • Continuous assessment with no formal examinations
  • Coursework and e-learning exercises
  • Live creative industry briefs
  • Final year creative writing portfolio

Careers

  • Writing for newspapers, magazines and websites
  • Writing for film, TV and radio
  • Work in editorial or publishing
  • Work in PR, marketing and arts administration
  • Teaching and postgraduate study

Student Mentor Scheme

Falmouth's Student Mentor Scheme matches new starters with a second year student, to help you settle in and find your feet. Our student mentors are now on Facebook. To chat to a mentor about the course, living in Cornwall or what to expect at Falmouth, check out the English courses group. You'll need to join the group before you can post.

If you don't have access to Facebook please email your name and proposed course to: studentmentors@falmouth.ac.uk

For informal enquiries about the course, contact Dr Niamh Downing, Interim Head of English & Writing: niamh.downing@falmouth.ac.uk

For more information about the application process, portfolios, interviews and selection days, please contact our admissions team using our enquiry form

Or come and see us at one of our open days