Expand your literary horizons by engaging with texts that span many different genres, styles, forms and voices. As well as helping you develop your writing skills, this also allows you to see the world from new perspectives. This course offers a lot of flexibility, with literature modules covering varied topics such as:
- Classic texts by authors like Shakespeare, Dickens and Austen
- Prison narratives
- Radical poetry
- Avant-garde writing
- Speculative fiction
- LGBTQIA+ rights literature
- Experimental writing.
You can also choose between different Creative Writing specialisms, including script writing, poetry and fiction.
Joining us on this course means becoming part of the York Centre for Writing. This is a lively, friendly community of writers that acts as a hub for producing innovative new work in the city. Through the centre and through our involvement in the annual York Literature Festival, you will be able to attend events such as workshops, readings and writing sessions. You will also benefit from regular visits from industry professionals, agents, publishers and literary activists. You can also take part in field trips to bring some of the texts we study to life.
As you become a skilled reader and writer you will also gain plenty of transferable skills which will be useful to you in many industries. Whether your career is directly related to writing or not, skills in communication, analysis, team working, creativity and independent thinking will put you in a strong, employable position when you graduate.
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.