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Open Day Registration. Overview The details. Course: Creative Writing. Start date: October Study mode: Full-time. Maximum duration: 1 year. Location: Colchester Campus. Based in: Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies. You will choose from a variety of modules, covering topics such as: Development of a novel plan, from research and concept-development, to plotting, character, and structure Experimental language play of the Oulipo group across the short story, autobiography, cartoons, cookery and theatre Psychogeography, writing about walking, place, landscape, history and the psychic environment Poetic practice across experimental writing in poetry from the performative to the visual To help you hone your craft, we also host a Royal Literary Fund Fellow, professional writers on-hand to help you develop your writing on a one-to-one basis, and regularly host talks and readings by visiting writers.
This course is also available on a part-time basis. Why we're great. Learn from the professionals as part of our innovative Writers at Essex series Join a diverse network of distinguished alumni and award-winning teaching staff who have shaped the world of literature Publish your own work in our annual creative writing journal, Creel. Our expert staff Our teaching staff are experienced and established writers who have a breadth of experience across literary genres, from novels, prose and plays, to poetry and song.
Specialist facilities Write for our student magazine Rebel or host a Rebel radio show View classic films at weekly film screenings in our dedicated seat film theatre Hear writers talk about their craft and learn from leading literature specialists at regular talks and readings Our on-campus Lakeside Theatre has been established as a major venue for good drama, staging both productions by professional touring companies and a wealth of new work written, produced and directed by our own staff and students Improve your playwriting skills at our Lakeside Theatre Writers workshops Our Research Laboratory allows you to collaborate with professionals, improvising and experimenting with new work which is being tried and tested Contribute some of your work to our annual publication 'Creel', an anthology of creative writing produced by our postgraduate students and published by Muscaliet Press, founded by PhD Creative Writing alumni Simon Everett.
Entry requirements UK entry requirements A 2. Teaching and learning disclaimer Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. Components and modules explained. Year 1. Teaching Five modules are followed over the autumn and spring terms, and generally consist of ten two-hour seminars An emphasis on practice, experimenting with different techniques to produce work of your own Seminars may include introductions by your tutor, presentations by you, and discussion based on a programme of reading Visiting scholars are invited to speak about their research.
Assessment Four essays of 4,, words, usually combining a creative piece and critical commentary There is normally considerable freedom for you to choose the topics of your essays A reflective piece on research methods. Dissertation You produce a dissertation consisting of a creative component up to 10, words plus critical commentary of 6, words excluding bibliography and footnotes written between April and September.
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All rights reserved. I was impressed with the amount of responsibility I was given as it allowed me to really use my initiative. Our students are storytellers, writers, performers, poets, critics, analysts, archivists and presenters. Our first-year core modules are designed as an introduction. This means that we will build everyone's knowledge to the same level, so you can progress through to year two. This module introduces the key issues and skills in English, for transitioning to university-level study.
It explores areas of overlap between the different areas of English at Nottingham. You will be taught in small groups by your personal tutor, and encouraged to explore — both critically and reflectively — what it means to be a student of English. We support you to develop study, research and communication skills, which will be useful across all your modules.
This includes building effective skills for reflective writing and oral presentation. What was the earliest literature in English like? Where does English come from? You'll also meet themes and characters who are at once familiar and strange: heroes and heroines, monster-slayers, saints, exiles, tricksters, lovers, a bear, and more. From Tolkien to Marvel, the medieval past has been an inspiration for fantasy fiction and modern myth. Thinking about the past, means thinking about how it is used in the present day.
The idea of a 'beginning' of English language and literature often gets incorporated into modern beliefs about national, ethnic and racial identity. Taking a creative approach to language is a big part of what all writers do. In this module, we introduce the process of writing drama, poetry and fiction. You'll gain a broad perspective on creative writing, exploring essential techniques and examining the contexts in which writers create their work. You are taught by published poets, novelists and playwrights, who'll share their insights and work closely with you to support your development.
We also invite guest lecturers, so you can benefit from a professional perspective on the realities of writing and publication. Who makes theatre? Where does performance happen, and who is in the audience? How is society represented on stage? These questions are at the heart of this module, and we will explore the extraordinary variety of drama in the Western dramatic tradition.
You will examine dramatic texts in relation to their historical context, spanning:. Alongside texts, you'll also consider the extra-textual features of drama, including the performance styles of actors, the significance of performance space and place, and the composition of various audiences.
You will study selected plays in workshops, seminars and lectures, where we will explore adaptation and interpretation of the texts through different media resources. You can also take part in practical theatre-making, exploring extracts from the selected play-texts in short, student-directed scenes in response to key questions about performance. On this module you will learn about the nature of language, and how to analyse it for a broad range of purposes. It aims to prepare you for conducting your own language research across your degree.
The accompanying weekly workshops will explore levels of language analysis and description — from the sounds and structure of language, through to meaning and discourse. These can be applied to all areas of English study, and will prepare you for your future modules. In your lectures, you will see how our staff put these skills of analysis and description to use in their own research.
This covers the study of language in relation to the mind, literature, culture, society, and more. Your seminars then give you a chance to think about and discuss these topics further. This module introduces the core skills for literary studies, including skills in reading, writing, researching and presentation. Topics covered include:. You will put these new skills into practice through reading specific literary texts.
These are focused on poetry and prose selected from the full range of the modern literary period to the present. Across the year, you will learn about different interpretive approaches and concepts, and will examine literary-historical movements and transitions. This module expands on the work done in the first year by undertaking a sustained analysis of technique and craft related to writing poetry, including poetic line, stanza, rhyme and related techniques, and imagery, along with a number of traditional forms such as the sonnet or haiku.
You will be introduced to a wide and diverse range of writers and techniques as well as exploring the publishing industry as it relates to poetry. You will develop your own creative work as well as your critical and reflective skills. This module expands on the work done in the first year by undertaking a sustained analysis of technique and craft related to fiction writing, including narrative voice, point of view, character development, dialogue, plot, and setting.
You will be introduced to a wide and diverse range of writers and techniques as well as exploring the publishing industry as it relates to fiction. This module introduces different kinds of literature, written between This was a dramatic time in literary history, resulting in the Romantic period. It involved many areas of great contemporary relevance, such as class, poverty, sexuality, and slavery. As part of this module, you will explore novels, poems, and prose works that bring to life the intellectual, social and cultural contexts of the period.
This module charts the dramatic transformations and innovations of literature in the 20th and 21st centuries. Moving between genres, the module unfolds chronologically from modernism, through the inter-war years, and into postmodernism and the contemporary scene. We explore some of the huge artistic shifts of this long and turbulent period. You will examine how modern and contemporary literature connects to the cultural revolutions, intellectual debates, political and social upheavals, and ethical complexities of its times.
This module investigates the relationship between literature and popular culture. You will explore works from across a range of genres and mediums, including:. As well as exploring topics such as aesthetics and adaptation, material will be situated within cultural, political and historical contexts allowing for the distinction between the literary and the popular.
We will focus on understanding changes in literary forms and genres over this period, and how these relate to broader developments in Victorian social, economic and political culture. Are you interested in languages and the multilingual world? Have you ever wondered how our brains process learning a second language?
Would you like to teach English overseas one day? If so, this module could be for you. You will spend three hours per week on this module, split equally between a lecture and follow-up seminar. When we study language, we learn about how society works.
Why do some people have more noticeable accents than others? How do those with power use language to manipulate us into thinking a certain way? We focus on how people use language, how language varies between different speakers, and how language is used to represent different social groups.
We consider:. You will also spend time each week analysing original language data. Topics relating to early speech development include: the biological foundations of language development, the stages of language acquisition and the influence of environment on development. Further topics which take into account later stages of development include humour and joke telling abilities, story-telling and conversational skills and bilingualism. All literature is written in language, so understanding how language and the mind work will make us better readers and critics of literary works.
This module brings together the literary and linguistic parts of your degree. It gives you the power to explore any text from any period by any author. You will study how:. Chaucer dominates our conception of late Middle English literature, but he was one among several exceptional writers of his time. By the end of the module, you will have gained confidence in reading and discussing Middle English texts, and be aware of key issues around form, language, and authority and influence. In this module, we will learn about the origins of their myths from various sources: images on stone and wood in the Viking Age, as well as the written texts of the Middle Ages.
We will learn about giants, dwarves, valkyries and rumour-spreading squirrels, as well as the cosmology and religion which are embedded in Old Norse mythology. We will talk about heroes and villains, from dragon-slayers to queens who kill to avenge their brothers. The stories of Old Norse mythology have influenced writers throughout history.
This module will take you back to the beginnings and show that there are so many more marvellous myths to explore. What can given names, surnames and nicknames tell us about people in the past? What determines the choice of a name for a child? Where does our hereditary surname system come from? How have place, class and gender impacted upon naming through time?
This module will help you answer all these questions and more. Interactive lectures and seminars, and a project based on primary material tailored to each participant, will introduce you to the many and varied, fascinating and extraordinary types of personal name and their origins.
Theatre makers in the long 20th century have been dealing with a series of pressing artistic and social issues, many of which still concern us today. In order to answer such questions, this module gives an overview of key plays and performances from the s to the present.
You will study these key texts in their original political, social, and cultural contexts. You will also:. This module builds on the creative writing modules taught in years 1 and 2. It is delivered through a three hour workshop in which the critique of student writing is a central element.
You will get to read key writers within specific forms and conventions as well as relevant secondary texts. Topics covered will include literary influence, writing process, and collaboration, as well as a more detailed re-examination of some of the techniques and conventions covered in previous modules. By the end of the module you will have been given opportunity to develop and extend your skills and expertise through workshop exercises and the constructive feedback received during the workshop.
You will get to read key writers within specific forms and genres as well as relevant secondary texts. Topics covered will include narrative voice and technique, point of view, character development, dialogue, plot, and setting. The dissertation is an independent project involving both creative and critical work.
The creative component consists of an original work of either fiction, poetry, or drama, or a combination of two of these genres, to be agreed with your dissertation supervisor. The critical component addresses the main issues involved in the process of developing and revising your creative work. Henry James and Oscar Wilde had a passionate dislike of each other, as well as very different values.
Even so, they moved in similar circles. Both men found themselves at the centre of British cultural and intellectual life, experimenting within the same set of literary, critical and theatrical modes. This module uses the writings of Oscar Wilde and Henry James, alongside some of their contemporaries, to examine changes in literary culture and the practices of literary composition in the late 19th century.
You will study a range of texts by Wilde and James, including drama, fiction and criticism. These will be compared with pieces by a number of their contemporaries including Walter Pater and William Morris , in order to assess both the modernity and radicalism of their writings. We will concentrate on the formal operations and innovations of selected novelists, considering how the contemporary socio-historical context influences these questions of form.
Topics considered include:. Contemporary fiction is focused on writing emerging from Britain and closely-related contexts in the post-war period. This module offers strands structured around a number of political, social and cultural frameworks in Britain. These include:. This module particularly explores the network of relationships between context, content and form, supported by related literary and cultural theory and philosophy.
Through the exploration of lyric poetry, this module examines cultural and literary change from the fourteenth to the seventeenth century. It will also enable students to think pragmatically about the transmission of lyric in modern editions, and about how best to represent the form. This stranded module provides students with a detailed introduction to the major works of a single author e.
James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, D. Students will select one author to study from a range on offer. You may cover:. You will explore various critical and theoretical approaches to literature, film, comics, adaptation, and popular culture. The module also seeks to decolonise Gothic Studies, including work by creators from a wide range of backgrounds who identify with a diverse range of subject positions.
This module will consider Irish literature and drama produced in the twentieth century. Taking the Irish Literary Revival as a starting-point we will consider authors in their Irish and European context: W. Yeats, J. The focus throughout will be upon reading texts in relation to their social, historical, and political contexts, tracking significant literary and cultural responses to Irish experiences of colonial occupation, nationalist uprising and civil war, partition and independence, socio-economic modernisation, and the protracted period of violent conflict in Northern Ireland.
This module examines the late twentieth and early twenty-first century globe through its correlates in fiction. The primary materials for the module will be post-war Anglophone works drawn from a wide geographical range across the world. Literature and Drama across the early modern period contributed to, and was often caught up in, dramatic changes in social, political, and religious culture which changed the way that people experienced their lives and the world around them.
This module gives students the opportunity to read a wide range of texts in a multitude of genres from drama, to prose fiction, pamphlets and poetry in their immediate contexts, both cultural and intellectual. This module will situate the poetry, prose and drama between and against the backdrops of civil war and political revolution, scientific experimentation, and colonial expansion; in doing so, it will ask how the seventeenth century forms our current understandings of the world. The years from to are enormously important, especially in terms of the representation of the self in literature: Milton promoted the idea of the poet inspired by God; Pope and Swift mocked the possibility of anyone truly knowing their self; Wordsworth used poetry to explore his own life; and Byron and Austen provided ironic commentaries on the self-obsessions of their peers.
This period also saw the rise of the novel a form that relies upon telling the story of lives , a flourishing trade in biography, and the emergence of new genre, autobiography. This module will look at some of the most significant works of the period with particular reference to the relationship between writers and their worlds. Texts studied will range across poems, novels and prose.
This module provides comprehensive knowledge of feminist theory, as applied to a series of language and linguistic contexts. You will explore a range of analytical approaches to language, including conversation analysis, critical discourse analysis, and interactional sociolinguistics. You will also respond to, and critically engage with, contemporary real-world problems associated with gender and sexuality, through the consideration of discourse-based texts.
This module explores the vital role that discourse plays in various communicative domains in healthcare and workplace settings. Students will explore these domains through a variety of contemporary frameworks for examining discourse and communication, including critical discourse analysis, multi-modal discourse analysis, and interactional sociolinguistics. The module offers the opportunity to analyse and reflect on the discourses of healthcare and the workplace, as two crucially important domains of social and professional life.
To this end, professional and healthcare discourses will be investigated through a range of genres and communicative modes, including face-to face communication advertising, media discourse and digital interactions. The module offers a rich resource for discourse-based studies of language in professional and social life and enables students to examine the strategic uses of communicative strategies in specific social settings.
The module is designed to provide students with an understanding of the process of English Language Teaching ELT and of the theoretical underpinnings of this practice. In this module students will learn the principles behind the learning and teaching of key aspects and skills of English, including:. Students will also learn how to apply these theoretical principles to the development of teaching materials.
This module will therefore be of interest to students who want to pursue a teaching career, and in particular to those interested in teaching English as a second or foreign language. This module offers an advanced study of the language of literary texts and how it impacts reading and interpretation. It bridges the gap between the literary and linguistics aspects of our BA degrees. It also equips you with skills that will be useful in the teaching of English, or for a career in publishing.
You will learn to explain how style contributes to meaning and interpretation, and why texts affect you in different ways. The module uses the study of place-names to show the various languages — British, Latin, French, Norse and English — that have been spoken in England over the last years. You will learn how place-name evidence can be used as a source for the history of English, including:. We also consider the interdisciplinary contribution that place-names offer to historians and geographers.
Our images of Vikings come largely from the Icelandic sagas. These present a Viking Age of daring exploits, global exploration and bloody feuds, as carried out by valiant warriors and feisty women. But how accurate are the sagas when it comes to understanding what really happened in the Viking Age? Can they provide an insight into the Viking mind?
This module explores Norse and Viking cultural history, using an interdisciplinary approach grounded in the study of texts. Your one-hour lectures will provide the evidence base for discussion in the two-hour, student-led seminars.
The seminars also include some language work. Assessment for this module is by a one-hour exam of comment and analysis, and a word project on a topic of your choice in consultation with a tutor. Most recently of all the UK's EU referendum of has prompted reflection on our national, regional and local identities across and within the UK, and we finish the module by looking at how theatre makers and practitioners have begun to respond to these challenges.
But why and how did they become so successful? The 20th and 21st centuries have seen major changes in the way theatre is financed, produced and presented, both on stage and on screen. This module explores the fascinating world of theatre production, covering:. Examining the mainstream and the fringes, we apply case studies including Shakespeare in production, new plays, revivals, and international hits like the ones listed above, illustrating how theatre responds to changing contexts and audiences.
This module will enable you to become confident in devising and publishing your own material through digital media, including hypertext, audio and video. You will engage with published digital stories and poems; guest writers working in digital literature will give you insight into their practice and offer guidance on how to craft your own work. The assessment consists of the submission of one digital story.
Speaking, listening, reading, and writing are a complex set of behaviours that are a fundamental part of our daily lives. And yet they remain difficult to fully explain. Yet all that a speaker has done is produce a string of sounds. Your mind distinguishes these from the murmuring of other voices, feet clomping on the floor, and any background music.
Your mind matches the sounds f-i-r-e with a word, retrieves the meaning, and relates them to the current circumstances and responds accordingly. How does the mind do this? And what makes our minds so special that we can do this? On this module, we begin to address these questions.
Undergraduate students are invited to participate in eye-tracking research in our psycholinguistics lab. Participants will have the opportunity to conduct their own research in their final year. There are two performing arts spaces used for teaching and learning, as well as two theatres on campus - The Nottingham New Theatre, and the Djanogly Theatre at Nottingham Lakeside Arts.
This does not apply to Irish students, who will be charged tuition fees at the same rate as UK students. For further guidance, check our Brexit information for future students. A limited number of modules have compulsory texts which you are required to buy. The Blackwell's bookshop on campus offers a year-round price match against any of the main retailers e. Amazon, Waterstones, WH Smith. They also offer second-hand books, as students from previous years sell their copies back to the bookshop.
For volunteering and placements e. Field trips allow you to engage with source materials on a personal level and to develop different perspectives. They are optional and costs to you vary according to the trip; some require you to arrange your own travel, refreshments and entry fees, while some are some are wholly subsidised. Full details can be found on our financial support pages. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.
We offer a range of international undergraduate scholarships for high-achieving international scholars who can put their Nottingham degree to great use in their careers. As an English with Creative Writing graduate, you will have gained the following key transferable skills:.
Read our graduate profiles and find out about the range of careers which our graduates go into. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK. Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take. Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.
This course can be studied 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with placement or 4 to 7 years part-time, starting in September. This course has a placement year option. Find out more about work placements available. Read more about the structure of undergraduate degrees at Brunel. The programme specification is in the process of being updated and may not be an accurate reflection of the programme.
Professional skills such as collaboration, critical reflection verbally and in writing, and engagement with different forms of creative practice are embedded into the modules through all three levels. Production, budgeting, design for specific audiences, working in the community and strong CV writing are all covered in the final year of the course. There are options for a short or year-long work placement to develop your professional profile while on the course.
Your options when leaving us are varied and exciting. Click here to read about inspirational Theatre alumni. Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.
This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made. You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page. Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English.
You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre. Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change. Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course. EU fees for entry are not yet confirmed. More information on any additional course-related costs. See our fees and funding page for full details of undergraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants. A unique feature of theatre at Brunel is learning with the help of a personal tutor in a group of eight to ten students on weekly basis to facilitate communication and collaboration.
This system will help you increase your competence and confidence in interpersonal and oral communication, analytical skills, and university level study skills. In your creative writing modules, lectures, seminar discussions and workshops with practitioners and theorists will provide you with a range of approaches to the analysis and production of creative writing. One-to-one tutorials with members of the team are structured into the course at various points.
Established and emerging playwrights come to Emory to work on their plays with a diverse group of artistic collaborators including students, faculty and professional theater artists. Play development has become a vital stage of playwriting in the United States, and Theater Emory has established itself as an important center for that work.
Brave New Works, a biennial marathon of developing and reading new scripts, has developed more than new works, many of which have been produced in American regional theaters from the Yale Repertory Theater to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and internationally in theaters in South America, Canada and Europe. In recent years, Brave New Works has also included exceptional student work submitted by Emory alumni and undergraduates, like Lauren Gunderson, whose play, Leap , went on to be produced by Theater Emory in The Lenaia Festival is an annual, student-run festival featuring staged readings of student plays-in-progress.
Nationally and internationally known playwrights come to Emory campus each year as part of the Creative Writing Reading Series, co-sponsored with Theter Studies, which affords students another opportunity to learn from the best in the field.