University of Hertfordshire - BA (Hons) English Literature and Creative Writing

University of Hertfordshire

BA (Hons) English Literature and Creative Writing

Do you have a story to tell, or have you always wanted to be a writer? Perhaps you want to learn how to be a critical reader or gain a greater understanding of the craft of writing.

Studying English Literature and Creative Writing with us will help you find your voice, whether as a poet, playwright, novelist or scholar of literature.

This joint course combines the study of literature with the practice of creative writing. Studying literature will give you a greater understanding of how literary texts work, while this improved critical insight will help you put principles into practice in your own creative writing.

We offer a stimulating and supportive place in which to explore your ideas, hone your craft and understand literary texts. Our creative writing modules are taught by lecturers who are themselves award-winning practitioners and who bridge the gap between creative and academic approaches to literature. They include our poetry lecturer Wayne Holloway-Smith, winner of the Poetry Society’s Geoffrey Dearmer Prize and Seamus Heaney Prize nominee.

Over the three years you can choose specialist creative writing modules in poetry, creative non-fiction, drama, short story writing and prose fiction. Those specialisms are reflected in our English Literature modules, which range from children’s and young adult literature to film adaptations and work written in English from all over the world.

By the time you graduate, you will have a polished piece of work which has the potential for publication. Recent successes for our students include short stories published in Bandit and AnotherLenz magazines and poetry published in Rising and international magazine Poetry London.

In your first year, an underpinning core module, Becoming a Writer, will introduce you to genres and forms and examine the universalities of dialogue, plot and language. A second core module, Identity and Contemporary Writing, introduces you to some of the most exciting new writing as a model for your own work, while an optional module enables you to specialise in writing for the screen.

Work placement/study abroad option: Between your second and final year, you’ll have the option to study abroad or do a work placement for up to a year. Not only will this give you an amazing experience to talk about but will also give your CV a boost. If you’d rather go straight to your final year, that’s absolutely fine too. 

The practicalities of getting published or working in literary publishing are explored in a creative writing module in your second year taught by a former editor of Granta, the renowned magazine of new writing. For your final year your particular creative interest can be channelled into a long piece of writing, which can be poetry, prose or drama.

Entry Requirements

UCAS pointsA LevelBTECIB

GCSE: Grade 4/C in English Language and 4/D Mathematics

Access course tariff: An overall merit profile in 45 credits at Level 3.

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

Course Details

Creative Writing is a practice-based discipline, with the opportunity to experiment by working in different forms. You’ll be taught in small groups in workshop spaces and will receive feedback from your tutors and your peers as you share your ideas, learn to edit and refine your work and develop your presentation and performance skills.

Our two resident poetry research fellows, Mark Waldron and Rachel Long, offer masterclasses, workshops and give regular readings, adding to the vibrant and creative environment in which you’ll be working.

Becoming a writer
Genre fiction: building worlds
Writing for the screen
Texts up close: reading and interpretation
Make it new: literary tradition and experimentation
Border crossings: modern literature from around the world
Shakespeare reframed
Identity and contemporary writing

Optional modules

Journeys and quests: adventures in literature
American voices: introduction to us literature and culture
Romantic origins & gothic afterlives

Graduate skills
A nation of readers: british identity and enlightenment culture

Optional modules

Studies in twentieth century literature, 1900-1945
American literature to 1900
Twentieth century north american writing
Images of contemporary society: british literature and the politics of identity
Writing for the stage
Language and imagination: the art of the poem
Writing for the screen
Age of transition: the victorians and modernity
Literature at work
Revisiting the renaissance

Tell it slant: writing and reality
Short story workshop

Optional modules

Renaissance tragedy
Eighteenth century bodies
Literature project
Between the acts: late victorian and edwardian literature 1890-1920
Postmodern genders
Children's literature:growing up in books
Native american literature
East end fictions: interdisciplinary studies of london's east end
Worlds apart 1: utopian & dystopian writing
Texts and screens: studies in literary adaptation
The golden age: victorian children's literature
African-american literature
Generation dead: young adult fiction and the gothic
Twenty-first century american writing
Euro-crime on page and screen
Creative writing project poetry
Creative writing project prose

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