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BA single honours or in combination with another subject Creative and Professional Writing 2017/18

Year of entry

Creative Writing students gave a rating of 100% for teaching quality

National Student Survey 2016

If you love words and want to work with them, this is the course for you. We will help you to develop your own creative practice and distinctive voice, and in addition you will study commercial writing – in newspapers and magazines, broadcast media, and business copywriting, for example.

You will learn about marketing techniques, so that you can present your best face to employers and the publishing industry. Writing in a variety of styles, voices, and genres, you will hone your skills and explore the rich world of writing, tutored by professional writers with a deep knowledge of their craft and valuable experience of the business of writing. Sessions are largely workshop-based, with presentations and discussions stemming directly from students’ own work. We believe that what makes us truly special is our small, friendly team, which lets us get to know our students as individuals.

During your Creative and Professional Writing course, you will learn the skills and techniques required to write poetry, prose fiction, non-fiction (including journalism and memoir), and drama for the stage and screen. You are encouraged to apply these forms of writing to a range of contexts, for example by exploring the effects of genre, engaging with experimental writing or considering the impact of a sense of place in texts. There are opportunities to publish your work in magazines and anthologies, and to perform at group readings. We understand that it is vital for writers to understand the online world, and we include topics such as social media use, creating writers’ websites and combining your writing with images.

Great writers are great readers, and the CPW course is underpinned by a thorough grounding in the literature and ideas that have shaped the contemporary writing scene. In addition to discussing texts in class, you can also attend a range of author talks and readings, offering you that crucial contact with inspiring writers and other industry professionals who can help to shape your career plans.

We understand that your degree is an investment in your future, and so we take the ‘professional’ part of the course seriously, offering focused learning on topics such as marketing, copywriting and editing, as well as considering the wider opportunities open to our graduates, such as careers in business, the arts or publishing. As a CPW student, you will be eligible to apply to study for a year in North America as part of your degree, and we also offer tailored work experience placements in a range of different settings. Our system of personal tutors means that we can support you in whatever choices you make.

In the CPW degree at Christ Church, you will find a community of writers who are passionate about their craft, and actively taking part in their industry. We can help to take your writing from a private passion to a viable career.

“The best thing about teaching on the CPW degree is getting to know our students. Each one brings different perspectives, passions and experiences. Our job is to nurture that uniqueness, while adding polish and professionalism.”

Katherine May Programme Director

Students on this programme are also eligible to apply to study for a year in North America as part of their degree.

Creative and Professional Writing at Canterbury Christ Church University offers you a thorough grounding in the key elements of a writer’s toolkit, such as the differing demands of writing prose fiction, drama, poetry and non-fiction, and vital skills such as editing, selfmarketing and contemporary English usage. In addition to this, you will be able to choose from a range of optional modules, on subjects such as writing for children and young people, writing for film, radio or TV, and writing experimentally across genres or online. You will also carry out an independent study in your final year, which will allow you to pursue an area of interest in depth.

You can study French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as part of, or alongside, your course.

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Single honours

In the first year you lay down the foundations for good writing through six core modules: Poetry, Fiction, Drama, Non-fiction and The Craft of Writing and Contemporary English Usage.

In years two and three you will spend time developing your creative and commercial skills in writing in a wide variety of different genres and professional fields. These include, in year two, writing for newspapers, magazines and the web, writing for the stage (playwriting), writing for radio, and in year three, screen writing (film and TV), writing for children and life writing.

'Other modules focus on writing in a variety of styles and genres, for example, a module on Kent Connections (year two) explores the literary heritage of Canterbury and the surrounding area, while other modules − Persuasive Writing (year two), Crossing Form and Genre Boundaries (year two) and Digifiction (year three) − give you opportunities to explore and practise writing in different styles for different audiences.'

Finally, in year three, you will have the chance to develop your creative writing skills in a subject area of your choice in the form of an 8,000 word submission. There are also modules in Editing and Copywriting, and Marketing and Selling Your Work, which will help equip you for the professional life of a writer.

We regularly update our core modules to ensure that the programme is up to date and reflect the best industry practice. Therefore, some of these modules may be subject to change.

"Before I started the CPW degree, I was an enthusiastic amateur; now, I feel like a professional. I've moved on to the MA, I've had several pieces published, and I even have my own website, and it was the CPW degree that gave me the knowledge and tools to bridge that gap."

Penelope de St. Paër-Gotch CPW graduate

Combined honours

The Combined Honours course allows you to combine your interest in creative writing with a complementary subject (which might include: English, Media, Language and Communication or Drama). If you choose this pathway you will join the single honours students in year one for Fiction, Craft of Writing and Drama. In years two and three you will choose modules up to 80 credits, studying alongside the single honours students.

CPW students start as they mean to go on, by creating an anthology of their writing in fresher’s week.

Work experience

All second year students are supported to find and undertake a work experience placement. Previous students have worked with local businesses to create marketing plans and advertising copy, and several have worked with Margate’s GEEK festival of computer games.

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Our team runs a series of readings, talks, trips and publications to ensure that students get a rich experience of the literary and cultural world.

Core modules

Year 1

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.

Year 2 

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.

Kent Connections

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.

Persuasive Writing

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.

Year 3

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.

Individual Study

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.

Year 3

Screen writing

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.

Life writing

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 

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.

The course aims to develop a range of skills that will prepare students for employment as writers in a variety of roles, including broadcasting (TV, radio), journalism, advertising, publishing and marketing. Many of the modules, such as Editing and Copywriting, and Marketing and Selling Your Work, develop skills for careers in the broader publishing and arts industries. However, the Creative and Professional Writing degree also opens up opportunities to work in a variety of administrative or managerial settings, as well as in public sector roles such as teaching. For entrepreneurial students, we teach essential skills for working freelance or running a small business. This course also provides a great foundation for further study towards a professional qualification, for example in journalism, business or marketing.

Just a month after finishing her degree, Montana Hoeren gained a graduate post as a PR and Marketing Assistant; a year later, she took the next step and became a Marketing Executive.

“Studying at Christ Church has made a massive impact on where I am now,” says Montana.

“I’m forever grateful for the opportunity I had to study at CCCU, and even more so for having a great bunch of lecturers who helped me gain my degree.”

Fees

The 2017/18 annual tuition fees for this course are:

 UK/EUOverseas
Full-time £9,250* £11,000**
Study Year in North America £1,385  (Additional costs apply for studying in North America) N/A
Part-time £4,625 N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

*Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2017/18 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,165 in Year 0.

**Tuition Fee Scholarship discounts of £1,500 are available to eligible overseas students. Visit the International webpages for further information.

Please read the 2017/18 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2017/18 tuition fees and year on year fee increases

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

CategoryDescription
Field Trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Lecturers may offer occasional, optional trips to, for example, film screenings or exhibitions. These are generally within Kent and students are asked to cover the cost of their own travel and entry if applicable.
Travel and Accommodation costs for Placements Students undertake a work experience placement in their second year, usually in Kent, and need to cover their own travel costs to this.
Text books We make every effort to provide electronic or library copies of learning materials. However, some students prefer to purchase their own copies of key text, but it is emphasised that this is optional.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Composition of the course

The CPW degree consists of 6 core modules in year one, six core modules in year two and in year three, three core modules (including an Individual Study) and choice of two optional modules. The academic direction aspect of the modules can take the form of seminars, writing workshops, lectures, individual tutorials or group discussions, and this varies according to the demands of each subject. Your independent study is supported by our excellent library facilities, our Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard, and newly-developed study spaces in the School of Humanities buildings, Thorne and Fynden.

Academic input

Our lecturers are chosen for their expertise in their chosen form; you will be taught by published poets, novelists, journalists and writers of non-fiction, as well as experienced industry professionals for employment-focused modules.

The degree is assessed by means of a portfolio of coursework, divided between creative and critical work. Many of the papers also feature practical assessments, such as editing tasks or marketing plans.

We work with a range of industry partners to find work experience placements, and to arrange talks and learning opportunities that bring our students in contact with current thinking and practice.

BA (Hons) Creative and Professional Writing with Arts and Humanities Foundation Year

This course can also be studied over four years with an additional foundation year (Year 0) for those without the formal entry qualifications. The foundation year is designed to provide you with the grounding you need to progress on to the degree. Find out more.

UK/EU

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Part-time study

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International

Full-time study

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For advice on completing your application please contact the Admissions Enquiry Team:

Email: admissions@canterbury.ac.uk
Tel:+44 (0)1227 782900

EU/International

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UCAS code

  • W800 Creative and Professional Writing
  • WW85 with Drama
  • WQ85 with English Language and Communication
  • WQ84 with English Literature
  • W8R1 with French
  • WP87 with Media and Communications
  • W803 Creative and Professional Writing with Arts and Humanities Foundation

Institutional code

  • C10

Length

  • 3 years full-time

    4 years full-time including a Foundation Year

    6 years part-time

Starts

  • September 2017

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