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BA (Hons) Creative Writing is a unique programme that offers the opportunity to study within the vibrant creative community of the Institute of the Arts in Carlisle.
You will get a firm foundation in the craft of writing fiction, creative non-fiction, script and poetry with the option to write in your favourite genre whether that's sci-fi, fantasy or crime. In addition you will develop skills in digital and new media preparing you for the expanding job market in this area. Through writing for a blog, creating web content and working on a student magazine you will learn valuable skills of editing and publishing and will be able to try out your own growing creative non-fiction work in a range of media. We will encourage you to contribute to external publications such as the Words by the Water publication Watermark.
In our beautiful location at Brampton Road you will be studying in a dedicated Arts Institute within a vibrant creative environment. This means you will have access to the cultural productions of film making, wildlife and media, theatre, art and photography and we expect that this will fire your imagination to create unique interdisciplinary work.
You will want the best advantage when you graduate and whether that's freelance writing, working in publishing or writing content for online media we will equip you with the skills and knowledge to enter the job market. As well as learning facts about the publishing industry we give you opportunity to further your employability skills in real world meaningful contexts by making a student production or magazine, contributing to Words by the Water and other literary and cultural festivals such as Borderlines and the Kendal Mountain Festival. You might even find yourself helping Art and Theatre students write their programmes or marketing their performances. On successful completion of the course you will leave us equipped to compete in whatever career you choose.
Our beautiful location in the North of England makes a big impact on imagination and thus on writing. Facing north to the border and south to the Lake District you will be inspired by a sense of place and by the writers who have gone before you.
Our Northern Noir module encourages you to read and write about the dark side of our borderlands and the uncanny and gothic aspects of our brooding landscape. You will explore and write ghost stories and crime fiction with a real sense of troubled history. Poetry and Place will enable you to develop work with a different but equally compelling sense of location.
If you join us you will benefit from a Creative Writing degree with a strong sense of regional identity, you will belong to a creative community, and you will be equipped for the future world of work.
Creative Writing workshops are small, informal and supportive. We soon get to know you and tutors and your fellow students will be providing feedback on your work throughout your studies.
This is an exciting new single honours degree which has developed from a very successful English and Creative degree. Our National Student Survey ratings for this programme in the place us very high We scored 100% for student satisfaction in 2016 and the course is rated very highly in areas like teaching, assessment and personal development.
Many of our full-time programmes can be studied over a longer period on a part-time basis. Please contact the course enquiries team for further details.