BA (Hons)
Creative Writing

Key Information


Duration

3 years

Part-time

Part-time study is available.

Typical Offer

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Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Subject to Revalidation

UCAS Code

W801

Academic Year

Course Overview

Live the Writing Life at the University of Lincoln. If you love to read and write and want to explore the boundaries of your own creativity, Creative Writing at Lincoln can provide you with a new appreciation of literature.

Students can develop their own distinctive voice as an author and philosophy of composition, as well as explore the theory and practice of building a diverse portfolio of work across forms and styles. As a Creative Writing student at the University of Lincoln, you have the opportunity to work with, and become part of, an international community of writers who will aim to help you develop your skills in genres as diverse as prose fiction, psychological thrillers, scriptwriting, poetry, creative non-fiction, audio dramas, young adult fiction, multi-modal writing and the graphic novel. Our aim is to help you to develop your writing in innovative and exciting ways, becoming the best writer you can be.

The course has a strong focus on employability and aims to prepare you for a professional writing or publishing career. Our teaching team consist of highly experienced and enthusiastic professional writers whose work has been internationally published, broadcast, and staged. They include science fiction writer Chris Dows, poet and literary translator Daniele Pantano, novelists Sarah Stovell, Guy Mankowski and Robert Weston, poet Fee Griffin, playwright Sue Healy, multi-modal author Sherezade Rangel, and copywriter Andrew Boulton, most of which are award-winning in their own genres and writing formats.

You may also have opportunities to take part in readings, workshops, masterclasses, and events; to serve as editors for 'The Lincoln Review' (www.lincolnreview.org), an international literary journal edited exclusively by undergraduate and postgraduate students; and to benefit from the experience of a range of writers, editors, dramaturges, producers, and directors who come to the University of Lincoln as visiting lecturers, such as Ann Cleeves, Andrew Graham-Dixon, Chris Packham, and the former Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, who became a Visiting Artist at the University in 2015 and regularly visits Lincoln to engage with students and read a selection of her works.

Why Choose Lincoln

Subject ranked in the top 20 in the UK for student satisfaction*

Staff include active professional authors in a variety of genres

Option to study abroad at a partner university

Active research community of staff and students

Hear from guest speakers including published authors

Build your portfolio of creative writing pieces

*Complete University Guide 2024 (out of 56 ranking institutions).

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How You Study

The BA (Hons) Creative Writing programme concentrates on the practice and theory of developing a portfolio of work across a diverse array of forms and styles.

As well as discovering your own voice, you will have the opportunity to explore a range of techniques and practices which come from a wide range of historical and contemporary literature, both popular and classic, across poetry, prose, and scriptwriting.

Teaching and learning is centred on the writer's workshop, where there is a strong emphasis on participation. You will have the opportunity to learn the habits of a professional writer, including keeping a writer's journal, research and observation, redrafting and editing and presenting work to a high standard. The drafting process of creative texts and development of critical analyses will require a significant self-study commitment for the work to fulfil its potential. This is particularly true of the third-year Final Major Project, the most significant creative text a student will produce and worth a quarter of the entire degree classification.

Throughout the three years, you can build up your portfolio and discover the commercial and social contexts of publishing in the 21st Century.

Delivery is predominately via seminars where tutor feedback and peer review is actively encouraged. Second and third year modules feature lecture programmes on which workshops aimed at practising the creative, technical, and academic topics explored in the lectures are based.

While some modules include presentations, there are no examinations on this course at any level.

Modules


† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Exploring 1: The Creative Arts 2024-25LSCA1001Level 42024-25In this module, students will explore creative arts disciplines through the lens of cultural themes, ideas and principles. This will encompass Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Fine Art, Music, Musical Theatre and Technical Theatre and highlight the commonalties which connect these disciplines, as well as the nuances and differences that make them distinct.CoreIntroduction to Prose 2024-25CRW1005MLevel 42024-25Prose is fundamental to understanding narrative whether in fiction or non-fiction. This module aims to give students an understanding of how stories work, using the insights that have originated and developed from narrative theory and prose techniques. Contemporary writers in both the short story and non-feature writing will be used to introduce a set of critical concepts for the analysis of all forms of prose writing.CoreIntroduction to Scriptwriting 2024-25CRW1006MLevel 42024-25This module is an introduction to scriptwriting and is designed to aid students in their initial exploration of scripts. With an initial focus on writing for the stage and live performances, students may discover ways to generate ideas and turn them into stories, how to write dialogue to aid character development and how visual narrative storytelling works. The course also provides a broader insight into the script industries and how to pitch projects.CoreIntroduction to Writing Formats 2024-25CRW1001MLevel 42024-25This module aims to introduce students to a wide range of writing formats offered at the University of Lincoln. Students will be encouraged to try different forms to establish good writing habits, with an emphasis on routine and discipline, and by providing clearly structured creative writing exercises that draw on their reading (textual interventions). The module will establish points of contact between creative and critical writing, and encourage students to develop their ideas while understanding their creative process.CoreWriting Narrative 2024-25CRW1004Level 42024-25This module introduces students to the core skills and ideas involved in writing stories along with the fundamentals of good research. The module examines the nature of story and narrative, how to create a character, and it introduces the idea of the character in action as a fundamental ingredient in building a dramatic story. Focussing on how to blend fact and fiction, the student will be expected to create a historically accurate sequence that utilises all of the previously considered concepts and in-class writing exercises.CoreWriting Poetry 2024-25CRW1002MLevel 42024-25This module is an introduction to poetry writing and allows students to develop as writers and readers of poetry. Students can read a variety of texts and study various poetic forms and techniques by a range of contemporary poets. The close reading and the innovative application of language will enable students to develop their own skills in these areas and help them to craft their own poetry, paying close attention to the mechanics of poetic writing. Emphasis is placed upon journal writing and workshop practice.CoreWriting Portfolio 2024-25CRW1003MLevel 42024-25This module gives students the freedom to work within whatever genres and written formats they choose and put together a portfolio of their own work. This might take the form of one long piece or of several shorter pieces. The notion of ‘work in progress’ that is developed through to completion will be the basis of this module. Students have the chance to employ the skills gained in previous modules to undertake a more challenging and larger piece of creative work through a series of workshop-based classes that include detailed peer and tutor reviews of students’ work-in-progress.CoreContent & Copywriting 2025-26Level 52025-26In this module you will discover current content and copywriting forms and techniques to help you develop your own writing skills. You will learn and practice a range of effective content and copywriting techniques adaptable to different situations and themes. You will develop an informed critical and creative understanding of the role of the content and copywriter in an exciting and changing marketplace. You will learn to strategise like a content writer and produce a portfolio of content and copywriting to expand your writing skills and practice. This module will enable you to develop a professional understanding of content and copywriting, audiences and how to respond to your own content needs for projects, as well as to briefs. In this module students are given the conceptual terms required for an understanding of how content and copywriting works, how to deploy creative writing skills to tackle professional writing and how to connect with and persuade audiences.CoreExploring 2: Place and Space 2025-26LSCA2002Level 52025-26In this module students will practically interrogate interdisciplinary arts practices and investigate creative arts practitioners that utilise ‘site’ in innovative ways. In multidisciplinary groups they will conduct their own experiments to explore the challenges and possibilities of working in unconventional spaces. This will culminate in a final presentation of their work.CoreStory and the World 2025-26CRW2009MLevel 52025-26In this module students are given the conceptual terms required for an understanding of how narrative works, and how narrative constructs our idea of ourselves and our social relationships as well as informs our ability to create stories. In lectures and workshops, students will be studying the analysis, practice and enjoyment of narrative and will be asked to consider a wide range of texts across a range of forms and genres, literary and popular, visual as well as verbal, as examples of story telling.OptionalStudy Period Abroad - Creative Writing 2025-26CRW2011MLevel 52025-26OptionalThe Craft of Creative Non-Fiction 2025-26CRW2003MLevel 52025-26While students are introduced to prose fiction writing and essential narrative techniques at level 1, the field of prose writing is much wider than short stories or novels. In areas such as travel, historiography, literary journalism and biography, writers frequently employ similar techniques to those used by novelists to make events and characters more vivid. This module will encourage students to use their creative and technical skills to write non-fiction, including but not limited travel writing, life writing, articles, reviews and journals. Particular attention will be paid to balancing the need to convey factual information with the creative potential of narrative, language and form. This module will allow students to research a field they wish to investigate such as current events, the arts, history or some aspect of science. Students will learn both how to conduct research (through archival research, observations, and interviews) as well as the fundamental techniques of telling a true story. Extended over two semesters, it will enable students to engage more deeply with a chosen field of non-fiction, for example to produce chapters that would contribute to a book as well as features.OptionalThe Craft of Fiction 2025-26CRW2006MLevel 52025-26This module will explore the role of fiction writing with an initial emphasis on the short story. Many writers begin with the short story. Through writing short stories they are able to experiment, learn the fundamentals of narrative composition, and have the satisfaction of completing something to a high standard in a relatively short period of time. This module will introduce students to the work of a range of fiction writers, whilst helping them to develop their skills in crafting prose. They will be asked to study particular stories each week, but also expected to pursue their own interests in reading. The skills required for writing short stories are also key to working in other forms, so this module will help students to develop as writers, whatever their plans and ambitions may be.OptionalThe Craft of Poetry 2025-26CRW2004MLevel 52025-26The poetry workshop operates as a series of sessions in which students experiment with a variety of poetic forms with the aim of compiling a collection of their own verse. Students will engage with a number of different poets each week as a stimulus to their own poetic engagement, and will compose and perform their own work as part of a practice of critique.OptionalThe Craft of Scriptwriting 2025-26CRW2007MLevel 52025-26This module develops students' knowledge of the craft of scriptwriting for a wide range of formats, including but not limited to audio drama, graphic novel and moving image (short film). Students will study, watch and listen to a number of texts appropriate to the format they wish to practice and develop their understanding of the relationship between character, script and production. Attention will be given to the nuts and bolts of scriptwriting - dialogue, pace, setting, and story. These are key to all forms of creative writing and literary analysis, as well as to creating successful script-based texts.OptionalWriting and Enterprise A 2025-26CRW2010MLevel 52025-26Please note, this module is only available to students undertaking a period of study abroad. The aim of this module is to give students an insight into careers in the writing industries. It aims to prepare and support them in the process of applying for employment, residencies, grants, internships and other work in the creative industries and also help to prepare them for the realities of life as a contemporary writer.OptionalWriting and Enterprise B 2025-26CRW2010MLevel 52025-26Please note, this module is only available to students undertaking a period of study abroad. The aim of this module is to give students an insight into careers in the writing industries. It aims to prepare and support them in the process of applying for employment, residencies, grants, internships and other work in the creative industries and also help to prepare them for the realities of life as a contemporary writer.OptionalExploring 3: Investigating Creative Practice 2026-27Level 62026-27This module will provide students with an opportunity to develop their independent practice and explore a project of their own creation. This will allow students to extend their knowledge of practice, scholarship, and praxis as they curate their own project, identifying a topic of interest for further exploration and dissemination.CoreFinal Major Project (Creative Writing) 2026-27CRW3001Level 62026-27The Final Major Project in creative writing provides all L3 CW students with the opportunity to write an extensive piece of creative work of 8,000 words (or equivalent poems/scripted text) and an accompanying 2,000 word analysis of influence, audience, genre and narrative devices over a period of two semesters. The choice of form, style and genre is up to the student, with an appropriate supervisor assigned to them for the duration of the module. Creative , technical and academic skills developed at Level 2 are further enhanced through this creative dissertation; these include the structuring of an extended piece from an initial idea, the drafting process, editing, and mastery of the particular genre in which they have chosen to work. This close engagement with textual production as a practical exercise not only helps students develop an effective writing style but, by placing them in the position of the author, also deepens their understanding of the author-text-audience relationship within critical, creative and commercial contexts.CoreFinal Major Project Critical Analysis (Creative Writing) 2026-27CRW3004MLevel 62026-27This module accompanies the Final Major Project in Creative Writing. Students are expected to work through lectures and seminars on strategies for reflecting upon their projects, producing a relevant outline of their critical responses that will aid the formation of their project.CorePodcasting 2026-27CRW3010Level 62026-27This module will enable you to develop a professional understanding of podcasting creation, production and dissemination. In this module students are given the conceptual terms required for an understanding of how narrative works, and how narrative constructs our idea of ourselves and our social relationships as well as informs our ability to create stories. In lectures and workshops, you will study the podcasting form, its history, its creative techniques, and the practice of how to make and produce an original and innovative podcast. The module will consider elements of audience, genre, aural storytelling, podcast narrative, production and distribution. We will also explore a range of approaches provided by the creative and technical aspects of podcasting.CoreWriting Centre 2026-27CRW3006MLevel 62026-27In this module students will be given the opportunity to specialise in digital production as they work towards a joint publication to showcase their creative work. Working in small production groups and independently students are expected to build on the experience they have gained at Levels 1 and 2 in a range of forms and genres. Using a digital anthology published in an online journal, they can produce work for public consumption in a professional environment. They will take a practical approach to learn aspects of how to get published by producing a publication as a group. During the module, students may work in dedicated writing rooms. An advanced level of editorial and writing skills will be expected.CorePoetry and Innovative Form 2026-27CRW3005MLevel 62026-27This module enables students to practice advanced techniques and develop innovative strategies for writing poetry. Students will read and reflect upon a range of contemporary works (including emergent forms) in order to further develop their own poetics and poetic practice. Furthermore, the study of poetics as a writerly and speculative discourse will accompany and influence the students' own writing - and the reflection upon the writing - and suggest emergent writing possibilities that students might engage in beyond the module, i.e. various creative environments and cultural economics.OptionalThe Psychological Thriller and Crime Fiction 2026-27CRW3002MLevel 62026-27This module aims to introduce students to some of the specific elements of writing contemporary fiction in the field of crime and the psychological thriller. The module will consider the origins of crime fiction in the nineteenth century before concentrating on what has become one of the most popular genres in contemporary publishing.OptionalWriting for Children and Young Adults 2026-27CRW3009MLevel 62026-27In this module, students approach writing for children and young adults in a way that reflects the genre’s relationship to literary fiction and traditional storytelling. By examining the narrative, technical and aesthetic aspects identified in these narratives—as well as in their own writing—students are encouraged to craft narratives that appeal to readers of all ages. With frequent reference to contemporary works, the module is structured in a way that encourages students to learn and develop practical, incremental skills and progressively apply these to their final project: the opening passage to a novel-length work, with an accompanying outline for the complete story.OptionalWriting Historical Fiction 2026-27ENL3083MLevel 62026-27OptionalWriting Science Fiction and Fantasy 2026-27CRW3007MLevel 62026-27This module will introduce students to some of the specific elements of writing science fiction and fantasy. Although these two genres only emerged fully during the twentieth century, they have their roots in literature that is as old as the classics in the case of fantasy and the writings of Jonathan Swift and Mary Shelley with regard to science fiction. Frequently a medium for satire and social commentary, this module will explore some of the ways in which science fiction and fantasy authors offer means to develop thought experiments and oblique commentary on contemporary developments.Optional

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. In addition to the information provided on this course page, our What You Need to Know page offers explanations on key topics including programme validation/revalidation, additional costs, contact hours, and our return to face-to-face teaching.

How you are assessed

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; but the greatest emphasis is on the production of a creative portfolio. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year, and the University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly. Please note this course has no examinations.

Guest Speakers

Teaching is enriched by workshops, readings, and masterclasses with visiting contemporary authors, editors and other industry professionals. Former Poet Laureate Dame Carol Ann Duffy is a Visiting Artist and has visited the University to read a selection of her works. Students have also enjoyed masterclasses with TV presenter and author Chris Packham. The Creative Writing team were delighted to welcome award-winning science fiction writer Robert Shearman as a visiting senior fellow.

Carol Ann Duffy at a reception at the University of Lincoln

Staff Expertise 

Students have the opportunity to learn from active professional authors with interests in fields as diverse as psychological thrillers, creative non-fiction, and graphic novels. Their publications include novels, plays, short films, audio dramas, graphic novels, poetry, and prize-winning short stories.

I always look forward to the exciting, buzzing atmosphere that the start of each term brings. I can honestly say that studying Creative Writing at Lincoln has been one of the best decisions of my life.

Study Abroad 

An option exists for second-year students to study abroad for a semester at a partner institutions in North America. Students are responsible for travel, accommodation, and general living costs while studying abroad.

Great Central Warehouse Library

The University’s on-campus Great Central Warehouse Library is open 24/7 during key times of the academic year and provides access to more than 200,000 journals and 600,000 print and electronic books, as well as databases and specialist collections.

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What Can I Do with a Creative Writing Degree?

Creative Writing graduates may choose to pursue careers in various literary and creative professions, such as publishing, journalism, advertising, public relations, marketing, the civil service, and communications. Students can choose to continue their studies at postgraduate level or take qualifications in teaching.

Entry Requirements 2024-25

United Kingdom

104 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels.

International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma from a minimum of 2 Higher Level subjects.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit, or equivalent

T Level: Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may be considered.

The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and do accept a combination of qualifications which may include A Levels, BTECs, EPQ etc.

We will also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.

International

Non UK Qualifications:

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/

For further advice on IELTS and the support available, please contact the International College by email at internationalcollege@lincoln.ac.uk.

For applicants who do not meet our standard entry requirements, our Arts Foundation Year can provide an alternative route of entry onto our full degree programmes:
https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/course/afyafyub/

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk

Contextual Offers

At Lincoln, we recognise that not everybody has had the same advice and support to help them get to higher education. Contextual offers are one of the ways we remove the barriers to higher education, ensuring that we have fair access for all students regardless of background and personal experiences. For more information, including eligibility criteria, visit our Offer Guide pages.

Fees and Scholarships

Going to university is a life-changing step and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. To help support students from outside of the UK, we are also delighted to offer a number of international scholarships which range from £1,000 up to the value of 50 per cent of tuition fees. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

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