Creative and Professional Writing

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Our courses will give you the knowledge and analytical skills needed for a wide range of rewarding careers.

We currently offer BA(Hons) Creative and Professional Writing.

Teaching and research expertise

Teaching takes place in practical workshops, discussion-based seminars, and one-to-one tutorials. Independent study is a key part of the programme and you will complete weekly exercises outside of class time. You will be taught and assessed by leading academics and industry professionals.

You will hone your writing skills by exploring and engaging with a range of forms and audiences, from YA graphic novels to memoirs. You will gain a deeper sense of your craft, developing a critical awareness of your work in the context of other writers.

The programme encourages you to pursue individual passions and projects, building your confidence as a writer with supportive and professional feedback from your tutors.

Employability is a central focus of this programme. Your studies will be enhanced by cultural events and talks from significant industry professionals. This access to industry will give you the knowledge necessary to forge a career path in wider contexts or as a freelance writer. You’ll also be supported to set up your own social and creative enterprises, such as journals and writing groups. An Academic Personal Tutor (APT) will be available to provide individual support throughout.

Course structure

In your first year, you’ll be introduced to the core building blocks of fiction, scriptwriting and narrative non-fiction.  You will also engage with a variety of creative processes and be encouraged to develop a sustainable and fulfilling practice.

In your second and third years, you will have the opportunity to specialise in genres that you are passionate about and develop independent projects. This approach will prepare you will for a career across the creative industries which are particularly vibrant in Bristol.

Full-time students study four modules per academic year and each includes an average of three contact hours per week. We use a variety of teaching methods: including workshops, seminars, one-to-one tutorials and structured independent study.

Real-world experience

BA(Hons) Creative and Professional Writing at UWE Bristol is industry-facing and connected, giving you opportunities to work with publishers and agents, as well as the Bristol Cultural Development Partnership, Watershed, Poetry Can, Spike Island, the Arnolfini and Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives.

You can gain professional experience writing for UWE Bristol student media, including Hub Radio, Western Eye, and Cellar Door magazine. You can also bring screenplays to life at our Centre for Performing Arts.

Where it can take you

Employability is a central focus of this programme. Your studies will be enhanced by cultural events and talks from significant industry professionals. This access to industry will give you the knowledge necessary to forge a career path in wider contexts or as a freelance writer. You’ll also be supported to set up your own social and creative enterprises, such as journals and writing groups.

With opportunities for networking with Bristol’s creative sector, you’ll be able to choose from a variety of roles in writing, the arts, publishing, creative media, marketing, advertising and communications.

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