Introductions to Poetry, Fiction, Drama and Non-Fiction
In these modules, you will analyse the styles and techniques of some of the most exciting writers of the various disciplines, both classic and contemporary. The emphasis, however, is always on the development of your own work, drawing on that of others who have gone before you: you’ll learn from their strengths and weaknesses, and discover for yourself how to craft your own work in these fields.
The Craft of Writing
In Craft of Writing, you’ll learn how to recognise the craft behind the art. You’ll study a variety of texts, and choose several as models for your own emerging technique.
Contemporary English Usage
You’ll take our language to pieces in this module, and then you learn how to put it back together with complete control of its mechanisms and an understanding of the different purposes those mechanics can serve, and their influence on style and vocabulary.
In Years 2 and 3 you’ll spend time developing your creative and commercial skills in writing for radio, magazines and the web, and you will also grapple with biography, memoir and writing for children and young adults.
Writing for the Media
In this module, you will explore the world of commercial writing, and develop an understanding of the different registers, techniques and conventions required by each. You will also learn how to pitch your own work in these formats.
Writing for the Stage
A deep dive into the craft of playwriting, in which you will write your own scripts, learn about the particular demands of the theatre, and analyse excellent dramatic texts to enrich your own writing.
Writing for Spoken Word
Writing for Radio introduces an important market for writers, offering opportunities to write drama, comedy and non-fiction. You will learn how radio programmes are commissioned and produced, and write your own piece of radio drama.
We’ve had our fair share of famous writers in Kent (H.G Wells, Jane Austen) and we boast a number of contemporary names in the area today. This module will help you develop a sense of place in your own writing, and to engage with your literary heritage.
This module aims to teach you the art of arguing – elegantly, concisely, passionately and effectively. We look at the different ways in which persuasion is used in the workplace, and explore how persuasion can have a creative purpose, too.
Crossing Form and Genre Boundaries
We often assume that writing can be categorised into one type or other. This module sets out to challenge that assumption by looking at work that tries to upset our expectations: history told in different time frames; fiction that uses poetry and prose; novels and autobiographies in verse... you take it from there.
You will be able to choose from a range of exciting modules in year three. We strive to ensure that these are as up-to-date as possible, and that they reflect the expertise of our staff.
Editing and Publishing
Editing and Publishing takes a detailed look at two important career routes for writers. You will learn about the craft and business of editing, while developing a detailed understanding of the structure of the publishing industry; and you will explore the key techniques of copywriting, including writing SEO-focused content for the web.
Marketing and Selling Your Work
Your own writing career is at the heart of this module: you will work as a team to publish a volume of work, and you will plan, project-manage, cost, design, produce, market, and sell the collection. You will also produce your own professional writer’s website which showcases your skills and interests.
This module offers you the chance to develop your personal interests in the form of an 8,000-word submission which will be either be critical/analytical or creative; it’s up to you. A personal tutor will work with you to guide and refine your work.
We continually revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.
Likely optional modules
You will be able to choose from a range of exciting modules in year three. We strive to ensure that these are as up-to-date as possible, and that they reflect the expertise of our staff; therefore the list below is subject to change.
This module examines the business of writing for film and television, and takes you through the where, when, who, what, why and how of the craft. You’ll invent, draft, edit and revise your work to broadcast quality.
Writing for Children
Books for children (fiction, non-fiction, picture books, poetry and drama) are a hugely important and profitable segment of the publishing industry. This module invites you to immerse yourself in the best examples of work for this age group, and to explore the stellar rise of young adult fiction, too.
From biographies of great lives to celebrity memoirs; from literary accounts of the self to over-sharing on Twitter – we love to tell and hear life stories. This module looks at some inspiring examples of this form, and helps you to approach writing from your own life, too.
Digifiction. This module explores a new and burgeoning market for writers. You will learn the tools and techniques for writing fiction in the digital world and study the theory that underpins this practice.