Creative Writing BA(Hons)

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

Join an inspiring creative community, where you can experiment with all forms of writing, explore audiences in the virtual and real world, and discover what this means for your own work.

Creative Writing at Falmouth starts with you as a writer and creative producer. You'll learn the craft of creative writing and how to draft, edit and pitch your work by exploring a range of genres, forms and audiences. You'll also have the opportunity to specialise in areas such as poetry, nonfiction, scriptwriting, YA fiction and writing for digital games. Working on your final portfolio, industry-engaged projects and online profile will help you develop the confidence and technical skills needed for professional practice or postgraduate study.

Benefits

  • Combine 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
  • Take part in lectures and workshops with high-profile guest speakers and our Writers in Residence
  • Write for or join the editorial team on WiTH, our student journal of new writing

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.

How you'll spend your time 

YearTime spent in timetabled teaching and learning activityTime spent in guided independent studyTime spent on placements
118%82% 0%
224%76% 0% 
310%84% 6% 

How you'll be assessed 

Year   Assessment by written exams                                                        Assessment by practical exams                           Assessment by coursework     
10%0% 100%
20%8% 92% 
30%5% 95% 

What you'll do

Year One

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.

  • The Craft of Writing
  • Writing Toolkit
  • Reading as a Writer
  • Audience & Context
  • Introduction to Publishing
  • Writing as a Reader

Year Two

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.

  • Writing Project I
  • Screenwriting Workshop 
  • Poetry Workshop 
  • Games & Digital Writing Workshop
  • Writing Project II
  • Creative Non-Fiction Workshop
  • Fiction Workshop
  • Script Workshop: Radio & Theatre

Year Three

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.

  • Collaborative Project
  • Lifestyle Writing Workshop: Food, Fashion, Sport, Health
  • Travel, Place & Environment Writing Workshop
  • Children & Young Adult Writing Workshop
  • Creative Writing Portfolio
  • Transitions: Writer in the Marketplace

Facilities

  • 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.

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 mentors can be reached on the Creative Writing BA(Hons) Facebook group.

They'll help with topics like living in Cornwall, what to expect at Falmouth, and the course itself.

Also worth a look are additional groups that offer assistance for disabled students, LGBTQ+ studentsmature students, international students, and Cornish locals

You'll need to join the groups before you can post. If you don't have access to Facebook, please email your name and proposed course to studentmentors@falmouth.ac.uk