In the first year you lay down the foundations for good writing through six core modules: Poetry, Fiction, Drama, Non-fiction and two non genre modules, The Craft of Writing and Contemporary English Usage.
In Years 2 and 3 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 2, writing for newspapers, magazines and the web, writing for the stage (playwriting), writing for radio, and in Year 3, screen writing (film and TV), writing for children and life writing (biography).
Other modules focus on writing in a variety of styles and genres, for example, a module on Kent Connections (Year 2) explores the literary heritage of Canterbury and the surrounding area, while other modules − Persuasive Writing (Year 2), Crossing Genre Boundaries (Year 2) and Words and Images (Year 3) − give you opportunities to explore and practise writing in different styles for different audiences.
Finally, in Year 3, 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.
The combined honours programme allows students to combine their interest in Creative Writing with a complementary subject (which might include for instance: English, Media, Language and Communication or Drama). Students following this pathway will join the single honours students in Year 1 for Fiction, Craft of Writing and Drama. In Years 2 and 3 they will choose modules up to 80 credits, studying alongside the single honours students.