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Full-time

3 years

Part-time

Part-time study is available.

Typical Offer

BBC (112 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 3 A Levels)

Campus

Brayford Pool

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Course Code

CRWCRWUB

Key Information

Full-time

3 years

Part-time

Part-time study is available.

Typical Offer

BBC (112 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 3 A Levels)

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

View

Course Code

CRWCRWUB

BA (Hons) Creative Writing BA (Hons) Creative Writing

Creative Writing students have enjoyed masterclasses and workshops with various visiting contemporary authors, including the former Poet Laureate Dame Carol Ann Duffy.

Key Information

Full-time

3 years

Part-time

Part-time study is available.

Typical Offer

BBC (112 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 3 A Levels)

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

View

Course Code

CRWCRWUB

Key Information

Full-time

3 years

Part-time

Part-time study is available.

Typical Offer

BBC (112 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 3 A Levels)

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

View

Course Code

CRWCRWUB

Teaching and Learning During COVID-19

The current COVID-19 pandemic has meant that at Lincoln we are making changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience here at Lincoln.

From autumn 2020 our aim is to provide an on-campus learning experience. Our intention is that teaching will be delivered through a mixture of face-to-face and online sessions. There will be social activities in place for students - all in line with appropriate social distancing and fully adhering to any changes in government guidance as our students' safety is our primary concern.

We want to ensure that your Lincoln experience is as positive, exciting and enjoyable as possible as you embark on the next phase of your life. COVID-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the Lincoln experience. It has challenged us to find innovative new approaches to supporting students' learning and social interactions. These learning experiences, which blend digital and face-to-face, will be vital in helping to prepare our students for a 21st Century workplace.

Of course at Lincoln, personal tutoring is key to our delivery, providing every student with a dedicated tutor to support them throughout their time here at the University. Smaller class sizes mean our academic staff can engage with each student as an individual, and work with them to enhance their strengths. In this environment we hope that students have more opportunities for discussion and engagement and get to know each other better.

Course learning outcomes are vital to prepare you for your future and we aim to utilise this mix of face-to-face and online teaching to deliver these. Students benefit from and enjoy fieldtrips and placements and, whilst it is currently hard to predict the availability of these, we are working hard and with partners and will aspire to offer these wherever possible - obviously in compliance with whatever government guidance is in place at the time.

We are utilising a range of different digital tools for teaching including our dedicated online managed learning environment. All lectures for larger groups will be delivered online using interactive software and a range of different formats. We aim to make every contact count and seminars and small group sessions will maximise face-to-face interaction. Practicals, workshops, studio sessions and performance-based sessions are planned to be delivered face-to-face, in a socially distanced way with appropriate PPE.

The University of Lincoln is a top 20 TEF Gold University and we have won awards for our approach to teaching and learning, our partnerships and industry links, and the opportunities these provide for our students. Our aim is that our online and socially distanced delivery during this COVID-19 pandemic is engaging and that students can interact with their tutors and each other and contribute to our academic community.

As and when restrictions start to lift, we aim to deliver an increasing amount of face-to-face teaching and external engagements, depending on each course. Safety will continue to be our primary focus and we will respond to any changing circumstances as they arise to ensure our community is supported. More information about the specific approaches for each course will be shared when teaching starts.

Of course as you start a new academic year it will be challenging but we will be working with you every step of the way. For all our students new and established, we look forward to welcoming you to our vibrant community this Autumn. If you have any questions please visit our FAQs or contact us on 01522 886644.

Dr Christopher Dows - Programme Leader

Dr Christopher Dows - Programme Leader

For the last 25 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.

School Staff List

Welcome to BA (Hons) Creative Writing

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, 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.

Welcome to BA (Hons) Creative Writing

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

With a strong focus on employability, the course aims to prepare you for a professional writing or publishing career. You can learn from our enthusiastic team of internationally-renowned professional writers and academics whose work has been widely published, broadcast, and performed across the fields of short and long form young adult; contemporary and historical prose fiction; poetry; non-fiction; scriptwriting for stage, screen, graphic novel and audio; psychological thriller; science fiction; and fantasy.

Teaching and learning is centered on the writer’s workshop, where there is a strong emphasis on participation. You can 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.

Modules are underpinned by a sense of an audience – ranging from a student’s seminar group through electronic and paper publication to performance. Exclusive to Creative Writing at Lincoln, you will have the opportunity to be involved in The Lincoln Review (www.lincolnreview.org), an international literary journal edited exclusively by undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The programme 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 visits 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 CBE, who is a Visiting Professor at the University. Students also have the opportunity to engage with a wide number of editors, agents, and other publishing professionals.

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. 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.

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. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.

Find out More

How You Study

As well as discovering their own voice, students will be able 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 are encouraged to build up their portfolio and discover the commercial and social contexts of publishing in the 21st Century.

Following a wide-ranging first year which introduces the major commercial writing formats, students can access a range of optional modules in their second and third years. This enables them to pursue specific areas of interest and shape their own portfolios while engaging in individual research and extended creative writing projects.

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. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.

Find out More

An Introduction to Your Modules

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

An Introduction to Your Modules

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

How you are assessed

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.

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.

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. The University of Lincoln offers a variety of merit-based and subject-specific bursaries and scholarships. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, 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

There are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

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. The University of Lincoln offers a variety of merit-based and subject-specific bursaries and scholarships. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, 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

There are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Entry Requirements 2020-21

United Kingdom

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.

International

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

Entry Requirements 2021-22

United Kingdom

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.

International

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

Features

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.

The University’s 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.

"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."

Philip Dixon-Smith, BA (Hons) Creative Writing student

Career Opportunities

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.

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