BA (Hons) Creative Writing

BA (Hons) Creative Writing

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The Course

Develop your own distinctive voice as an author and explore the theory and practice of building a diverse portfolio of work across forms and style with the BA (Hons) Creative Writing degree at Lincoln.

The course has a strong focus on employability and aims to prepare students for a professional writing or publishing career. Students can learn from academics who are experts in the industry as well as respected published writers in fields as diverse as psychological thrillers, creative non-fiction, and graphic novels.

The course is enriched by workshops, readings, and masterclasses with visiting contemporary authors. Former Poet Laureate Dame Carol Ann Duffy became a Visiting Artist at the University in 2015 and regularly visited Lincoln to engage with students and read a selection of her works. Recent students have also enjoyed a masterclass with TV presenter and author Chris Packham who is a Visiting Professor at the University.

Academics in the School of English and Journalism are engaged in research which directly informs their teaching. There are particular strengths in 21st Century literature, 19th Century literature, Gothic studies, American literature, and the medieval. Current research projects include studies on Shakespeare, women’s life writing, literary reactions to early photography, ecogothic, and detective fiction.

The Course

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.

You may develop your 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, 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. You may be taught by an enthusiastic team of professional writers whose work has been widely published, broadcast, and staged. They are led by five internationally known writers: award-winning science fiction writer Chris Dows, award-winning poet and literary translator Daniele Pantano, award-winning novelists Sarah Stovell and Guy Mankowski, and award-winning playwright Sue Healy.

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.

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 their own voice, students 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.

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

They can access a range of optional modules in their third year, enabling them to pursue areas of particular interest while engaging in individual research and extended creative writing projects.

Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree

Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.

It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study.

Introduction to Prose (Core)
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Introduction to Prose (Core)

Prose 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.

Introduction to Scriptwriting (Core)
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Introduction to Scriptwriting (Core)

This module is an introduction to scriptwriting and is designed to aid students in their initial exploration of scripts. Students learn the mechanisms of working across a variety of script forms: for audio-visual, sequential art, audio and theatre. Students 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 an introductory insight into the script industries and how to pitch projects.

Introduction to Writing Formats (Core)
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Introduction to Writing Formats (Core)

This module aims to introduce students to creative writing in terms of practice and reflection. It does this by firstly establishing good writing habits (emphasising 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.

Writer's Workshop (Core)
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Writer's Workshop (Core)

This module provides students with the opportunity to develop their creative writing as ongoing practice. Students meet regularly with fellow writers and tutors to discuss their own original work, and in turn develop the skill of providing feedback on others’ writing. The aim of this module is to provide a creative space for students to begin asking questions about why they write, how do they write, and what future strategies for writing do they wish to adopt.

Writing Narrative (Core)
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Writing Narrative (Core)

This module introduces students to the core skills and ideas involved in writing stories. The module examines the nature of story and drama, how to create a character, and it introduces the idea of the character in action as a fundamental ingredient in building a dramatic story. It explores different approaches to structuring stories and examines the different demands made on the story teller by the different forms of drama (theatre, film and TV).

Writing Poetry (Core)
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Writing Poetry (Core)

The module aims to develop skills in the close reading of poetry, to introduce critical debates, to develop a facility in the writing of various poetic forms and the use of poetic techniques. Students can read poetry by a range of contemporary poets such as Carol Ann Duffy, Paul Farley, Jackie Kay and Max Porter.

The close reading of poetry and its use of rhythm and rhyme as well as the innovative application of language, aims to 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.

Writing Portfolio (Core)
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Writing Portfolio (Core)

This module gives students the freedom to work within whatever genres 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 to undertake a more challenging and larger piece of creative work.

Teaching will be workshop-based and will take the form of detailed peer reviews of students’ work-in-progress, drawing on the skills and techniques that have been developed in earlier modules.

Narrative Theory and Reading the World (Core)
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Narrative Theory and Reading the World (Core)

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, 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.

Study Period Abroad - English and Creative Writing (Option)
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Study Period Abroad - English and Creative Writing (Option)

This module provides an opportunity for English and Creative Writing students to spend a term at second level studying at one of the University’s partner institutions. During the semester abroad students undertake a course load at the partner institution of equivalent standard to that of one term of the programme at Lincoln. Participation in study abroad also offers unique opportunities for personal student development in the wider sense, taking in cultural, sporting and social opportunities.

In order to participate, students are usually expected to obtain a 2:1 or higher at Level 1, have a good record of attendance and participation, and must complete an application process. A limited number of places will be available each year, and participation is at the discretion of the Module Co-ordinator and the Programme Leader.

The Craft of Creative Non-Fiction (Option)
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The Craft of Creative Non-Fiction (Option)

While 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.

The Craft of Fiction (Option)
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The Craft of Fiction (Option)

This 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.

The Craft of Poetry (Option)
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The Craft of Poetry (Option)

The 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.

The Craft of Scriptwriting (Option)
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The Craft of Scriptwriting (Option)

This 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.

Writing and Enterprise (Core)
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Writing and Enterprise (Core)

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.

Final Major Project (Creative Writing) (Core)
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Final Major Project (Creative Writing) (Core)

The major project in creative writing provides students with the opportunity to write an extensive piece of work of 12,000 words (or 30 pages/ 300 lines of poetry) over a period of two semesters. The choice of form, style, genre, etc. is up to the student. Skills developed at level 2 are further enhanced through the project; these include the structuring of an extended piece from an initial idea, the drafting process, editing, and mastery of the particular genre or form in which they have chosen to work.

This close engagement with literary 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 writing and literature in general.

Final Major Project Critical Analysis (Creative Writing) (Core)
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Final Major Project Critical Analysis (Creative Writing) (Core)

This module accompanies the Final Major Project in Creative Writing. Students will 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.

Poetry and Innovative Form (Core)
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Poetry and Innovative Form (Core)

This 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.

The Psychological Thriller and Crime Fiction (Option)
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The Psychological Thriller and Crime Fiction (Option)

This 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.

Writing Centre (Core)
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Writing Centre (Core)

In this module students will be given the opportunity to specialise in digital or print production as they work towards publications to showcase their creative work. Working in small production groups and independently they will build on the experience they have gained at Levels 1 and 2 in a range of forms and genres.

Using an online journal, they will produce work for public consumption in a professional environment throughout the year. They will also have the opportunity to work on small-press publications, learning aspects of how to get published.

During the module, students will work in dedicated writing rooms as appropriate. An advanced level of editorial and writing skills will be expected.

Writing for Children and Young Adults (Option)
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Writing for Children and Young Adults (Option)

This module will introduce some of the specific elements of writing contemporary fiction for children and young adults. The market for children's literature is an old one, and some historical context of that market will be presented throughout the workshop sessions, but the main focus will be providing practical experience of writing for a wide age range, whether more traditional children's books or the newly emerging young adult market.

Writing Historical Fiction (Option)
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Writing Historical Fiction (Option)

This module will introduce some of the specific elements of writing contemporary historical fiction. The field traditionally has been associated with romance writing, but it also encompasses a wide range of titles that frequently deal with aspects of war and violent historical events, and frequently has moved beyond genre writing into different forms of literary fiction.

Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy (Option)
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Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy (Option)

This 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.

† 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.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Methods of Assessment

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; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.

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, poetry and prize-winning short stories.

Teaching is enriched by workshops, readings, and masterclasses with visiting contemporary authors. Former Poet Laureate Dame Carol Ann Duffy became a Visiting Artist at the University of Lincoln in 2015 and visited the University to read a selection of her works. Students have also enjoyed masterclasses with TV presenter and author Chris Packham.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

Placements

Some courses offer students the opportunity to undertake placements. When students are on an optional placement in the UK or overseas or studying abroad, they will be required to cover their own transport and accommodation and meals costs. Placements can range from a few weeks to a full year if students choose to undertake an optional sandwich year in industry (where available). Students are encouraged to obtain placements in industry independently. Tutors may provide support and advice to students who require it during this process.

2020/21 UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level* £14,100 per level**
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

 

2019/20UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £14,100 per level
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt


†Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

* UK/EU: The University undergraduate tuition fee may increase year on year in line with government policy. This will enable us to continue to provide the best possible educational facilities and student experience.

** International: The fees quoted are for one year of study. For continuing students fees are subject to an increase of 2% each year and rounded to the nearest £100.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

- In exceptional circumstances, students who are required to re-take modules can do so on an 'assessment only' basis. This means that students do not attend timetabled teaching events but are required to take the assessments/examinations associated with the module(s). The 'assessment only' fee is half of the £ per credit point fee for each module.

Exceptionally, tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/undergraduatecourses/feesandfunding/] [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/international/feesandfunding/]

Additional Costs

For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost.

GCE Advanced Levels: BBC

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points

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

EU and International students whose first language is not English will require English Language IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in each element, or equivalent http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements

The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and will consider applicants who have a mix of qualifications.

We 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.


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

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. Self and peer appraisal are important, as are paired and small group work. All modules are underpinned by a sense of an audience – ranging from a student’s seminar group through electronic and paper publication to performance.

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

Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree

Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.

It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study.

Introduction to Prose (Core)
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Introduction to Prose (Core)

Prose 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.

Introduction to Scriptwriting (Core)
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Introduction to Scriptwriting (Core)

This 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.

Introduction to Writing Formats (Core)
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Introduction to Writing Formats (Core)

This 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.

Writer's Workshop (Core)
Find out more

Writer's Workshop (Core)

This module provides students with the opportunity to develop their creative writing as ongoing practice. Students meet regularly with fellow writers and tutors to discuss their own original work, and in turn develop the skill of providing feedback on others’ writing. The aim of this module is to provide a creative space for students to begin asking questions about why they write, how do they write, and what future strategies for writing do they wish to adopt.

Writing Narrative (Core)
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Writing Narrative (Core)

This 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.

Writing Poetry (Core)
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Writing Poetry (Core)

This 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.

Writing Portfolio (Core)
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Writing Portfolio (Core)

This 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.

Narrative Theory and Reading the World (Core)
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Narrative Theory and Reading the World (Core)

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, 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.

Study Period Abroad - English and Creative Writing (Option)
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Study Period Abroad - English and Creative Writing (Option)

This module provides an opportunity for English and Creative Writing students to spend a term at second level studying at one of the University’s partner institutions. During the term abroad students undertake a course load at the partner institution of equivalent standard to that of one term of the programme at Lincoln. Participation in study abroad also offers opportunities for personal student development in the wider sense, taking in cultural, sporting, and social opportunities.

In order to participate, students are usually expected to obtain a 2:1 or higher at Level 1, have a good record of attendance and participation, and must complete an application process. A limited number of places will be available each year, and participation is at the discretion of the Module Co-ordinator and the Programme Leader.

The Craft of Creative Non-Fiction (Option)
Find out more

The Craft of Creative Non-Fiction (Option)

While 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 can 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 terms, 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.

The Craft of Fiction (Option)
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The Craft of Fiction (Option)

This 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 supporting 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.

The Craft of Poetry (Option)
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The Craft of Poetry (Option)

This module aims to introduce student writers to the art of writing non-metrical poetry and techniques of perception, language, and effect in combination with the reading of poetry with the aim of integrating “reading as a poet” into an on-going practice of reflection. The initial concentration will be upon perception and the creation of image. This will lead onto other practices drawn from the broad tradition of modernist and postmodernist non-metrical verse, which holds that a formal sensitivity to line is the key to development rather than imitation of traditional poetic artifice. Emphasis will be placed upon journal writing and workshop practice.

The Craft of Scriptwriting (Option)
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The Craft of Scriptwriting (Option)

This 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.

Writing and Enterprise (Core)
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Writing and Enterprise (Core)

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.

Final Major Project (Creative Writing) (Core)
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Final Major Project (Creative Writing) (Core)

The major project in creative writing provides students with the opportunity to write an extensive piece of work of 12,000 words (or 30 pages/ 300 lines of poetry) over a period of two terms. The choice of form, style, genre, etc. is up to the student. Skills developed at level 2 are further enhanced through the project; these include the structuring of an extended piece from an initial idea, the drafting process, editing, and mastery of the particular genre or form in which they have chosen to work.

This close engagement with literary production as a practical exercise is not only designed to help students develop an effective writing style but, by placing them in the position of the author, also deepens their understanding of writing and literature in general.

Final Major Project Critical Analysis (Creative Writing) (Core)
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Final Major Project Critical Analysis (Creative Writing) (Core)

This 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.

Poetry and Innovative Form (Core)
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Poetry and Innovative Form (Core)

This module enables students to practice advanced techniques and develop innovative strategies for writing poetry. Students can read and reflect upon a range of contemporary works (including emergent forms) in order to further develop their own poetics and poetic practice, as well as consider emerging writing possibilities they might engage in beyond the module, e.g., collaborations with musicians, dancers, new media and visual artists, filmmakers, etc. via various creative environments and cultural economies.

The Psychological Thriller and Crime Fiction (Option)
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The Psychological Thriller and Crime Fiction (Option)

This 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.

Writing Centre (Core)
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Writing Centre (Core)

In this module students will be given the opportunity to specialise in digital or print production as they work towards publications 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 an online journal, they can produce work for public consumption in a professional environment throughout the year. They will also have the opportunity to work on small-press publications, learning aspects of how to get published. During the module, students may work in dedicated writing rooms. An advanced level of editorial and writing skills will be expected.

Writing for Children and Young Adults (Option)
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Writing for Children and Young Adults (Option)

This module will introduce some of the specific elements of writing contemporary fiction for children and young adults. The market for children's literature is an old one, and some historical context of that market will be presented throughout the workshop sessions, but the main focus will be providing practical experience of writing for a wide age range, whether more traditional children's books or the newly emerging young adult market.

Writing Historical Fiction (Option)
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Writing Historical Fiction (Option)

This module will introduce some of the specific elements of writing contemporary historical fiction. The field traditionally has been associated with romance writing, but it also encompasses a wide range of titles that frequently deal with aspects of war and violent historical events, and frequently has moved beyond genre writing into different forms of literary fiction.

Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy (Option)
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Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy (Option)

This module aims to introduce students to some of the specific elements of writing science fiction and fantasy. With an emphasis on character and world-building, the various tropes and conventions associated with these hugely popular genres will be analysed, building up an understanding of audience for which students are expected to produce a synopsis for a large-scale project and the first few chapters or scenes, format depending. Assessment is split between a presentation and a written submission.

† 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.

Methods of Assessment

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.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Methods of Assessment

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; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.

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, poetry and prize-winning short stories.

Teaching is enriched by workshops, readings, and masterclasses with visiting contemporary authors. Former Poet Laureate Dame Carol Ann Duffy became a Visiting Artist at the University of Lincoln in 2015 and visited the University to read a selection of her works. Students have also enjoyed masterclasses with TV presenter and author Chris Packham.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

Placements

Some courses offer students the opportunity to undertake placements. When students are on an optional placement in the UK or overseas or studying abroad, they will be required to cover their own transport and accommodation and meals costs. Placements can range from a few weeks to a full year if students choose to undertake an optional sandwich year in industry (where available). Students are encouraged to obtain placements in industry independently. Tutors may provide support and advice to students who require it during this process.

2020/21 UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level* £14,100 per level**
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

 

2019/20UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £14,100 per level
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt


†Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

* UK/EU: The University undergraduate tuition fee may increase year on year in line with government policy. This will enable us to continue to provide the best possible educational facilities and student experience.

** International: The fees quoted are for one year of study. For continuing students fees are subject to an increase of 2% each year and rounded to the nearest £100.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

- In exceptional circumstances, students who are required to re-take modules can do so on an 'assessment only' basis. This means that students do not attend timetabled teaching events but are required to take the assessments/examinations associated with the module(s). The 'assessment only' fee is half of the £ per credit point fee for each module.

Exceptionally, tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/undergraduatecourses/feesandfunding/] [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/international/feesandfunding/]

Additional Costs

For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost.

GCE Advanced Levels: BBC

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may also be considered.
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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/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills courses.
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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
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Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts, or technicians, and they may also be supported in their learning by other students.

Dr Christopher Dows

Programme Leader

For the last twenty five years, Chris Dows has combined his career as a professional author with teaching creative writing at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His professional portfolio includes fifteen years as a comic book writer, leading to him being published worldwide across a wide range of genres. A contributor to 'The Official Star Trek Magazine' for over ten years, he has also authored a YA fantasy novel, 'Panthea', and the second world war drama 'Lokomotive'. Recently, Chris has been working for Games Workshop's 'Black Library Press'; in addition to over a dozen short stories and the novel 'Kharn: The Red Path', he now specialises in audio dramas, including the 'Elysia' trilogy and the critically-acclaimed 'Titans' Bane'. News on his latest work can be found on his Twitter account @CSDows.


Your Future Career

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.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/studentsupport/careersservice/.

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.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/studentsupport/careersservice/.


Facilities

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

Students can also make the most of the University's Great Central Warehouse Library, which is home to more than 250,000 journals and 400,000 print and electronic books, as well as databases and specialist collections.

The University has invested more than £350 million in its Brayford Pool Campus, with further plans to invest in additional facilities and refurbishments of existing buildings. Based on the picturesque Brayford Pool marina, everything you need is either on campus or a short walk away.


The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.