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Birkbeck College, University of London

Creative Writing

If you are fascinated by the craft of writing, you can study a range of genres, including fiction, poetry, drama, creative non-fiction, screenwriting, receiving tuition and guidance from practising published writers. You will develop a portfolio of creative work and interact with industry professionals to broaden your understanding of the fields of publishing, performance and broadcasting.
Duration 4 years part time.
Level BA Single Hons
Cost UK Home/EU students: Tuition Fees 2012/13: £6750. Overseas students Tuition Fees 2012/13: £8950.
Weekly workshops led by published writers; individual tutorials to provide support for students developing their creative projects; lectures; readings; classroom exercises; peer appraisal; private study; group work; and talks from visiting industry professionals. Assessment is 100 per cent coursework. It includes short creative projects, essays, presentations, a writer’s notebook, web publishing, and an extended creative work in a specific genre.
All applicants must supply a short creative writing sample (no more than 1000 words). Subject to this being deemed of a sufficient standard, you will be called to interview to show evidence of your writing experience and commitment to the duration and intensity of study. Over 21: no specific A-level requirement; admission based on writing sample and interview. Under 21: a minimum of two A-levels at grade A–C (or equivalent) in any subjects. Students who have completed modules worth 60 credits or more from the Certificate of Higher Education in Creative Writing may be exempt from some or all of Year 1.
Year 1: Compulsory modules: Introduction to Creative Writing: Fiction, Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry and Drama, Independent Reading Portfolio: The Short Story (half-module) Plus an optional half-module: either Screenwriting; Media Genres; or Literary Theory. Year 2: Compulsory modules: Fiction Workshop 1, Independent Reading Portfolio: Genres (half-module), The Life of the Writer (half-module) Plus an option module: either Poetry; Drama; Screenwriting; or English Literature. Year 3: Compulsory modules: Creative Non-Fiction, Independent Reading Portfolio: Form (half-module), The Writing Industry (half-module) Plus an option module: either Fiction; Poetry; Radio Drama; Screenwriting; or English Literature. Year 4: Programmes for this year are still in development. Modules listed are indicative. Compulsory modules: Dissertation: Extended Writing Project, Independent Reading Portfolio: Critical Reflection (half-module), Performance Project (half-module) Publishing Project.
Contact Information
Institution Birkbeck College, University of London
Department of English and Humanities
43-46 Gordon Square

Tel: 020 3073 8372
Department: Department of English and Humanities
Contact Name: Anne-Marie Taylor
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