We believe that good writing always comes from good reading. Our teaching emphasises the importance of engaging with the wider world of literature in order to develop your own style. You will study varied and fascinating writing from the past, as well as learning from contemporary writers. You will learn to read and analyse texts to develop your understanding of creative processes and apply this to your own writing.
When you study Creative Writing at York St John University you will become part of the York Centre for Writing. This is a lively, friendly community of writers which acts as a hub for producing innovative new work in the city. We have strong links with the wider literary community and publishing industry. This means you will have opportunities to enhance your learning through regular visits from industry professionals and innovators, including agents, publishers and literary activists.
Our involvement in the annual York Literature Festival gives you the chance to learn directly from popular and internationally-acclaimed writers. There are also plenty of events, performances and publications which you can get involved with throughout the year.
The skills you develop through a degree in Creative writing matter in the workplace as much as on the page. Central to your learning are transferable skills such as:
Through our Working with Words: Publishing and Performance module you will gain real professional experience. This could include literary event organisation, as well as the production, editing, marketing, and launch of our annual student anthology, Beyond the Walls.
If you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto this degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education, this is a great option for you. Passing a foundation year guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year.