BA Creative Writing

  • Creative Writing

The BA Creative Writing has been designed to be both academically and creatively challenging and rewarding, offering a diverse range of teaching approaches, including lectures, small-scale seminars, tutorials and workshop sessions.

The course will nurture your creative talent across a range of different forms - including short stories, screenplays, poetry, drama and novels - and will give you the opportunity to pursue your interests in a number of genres such as Gothic, thriller/crime, satiric and romantic.

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We offer a range of pathways that give students the opportunity to diversify their studies in the following subjects alongside this degree programme:

Politics PathwayEconomics Pathway | Ecology Pathway
Humanitarianism & Law Pathway | International Development Pathway

Key Facts

UCAS Code: W801
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 Years

Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
Contact Email:
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Alongside the form and genre options, you will take modules in research and archiving, following which you will create a major piece of work which may lead to publication.  Throughout your three years you will have regular contact with, and support from, a range of different writers with occasional guest appearances by internationally respected poets, playwrights, scriptwriters and novelists..

Weekly workshop sessions will be held within which you will be encouraged to discuss your work with your community of fellow writers, and during the course of your studies, you will receive input on how best to prepare your work for the marketplace. Alongside this one-to-one tuition, you will also take courses on writing for the workplace, including sessions on reviewing, editing and writing to brief.

There is a strong sense of community among students and staff, and the ratio of staff to students is such that students can have ready and easy access to all their lecturers. The small classes are always friendly and never intimidating, allowing staff to get to know their students on a first-name basis.

Typical modules:

  • Research skills
  • Editing
  • The Role of the Agent and Publisher
  • One-to-one tuition with writers
  • Poetry
  • Fiction
  • Towards Publication
  • Large Projects

Reasons for choosing this course:

  • Longstanding relationship with a number of internationally recognised writers
  • Academic staff with wide-ranging experience of teaching Creative Writing
  • Excellence in the Cultural, Creative and Performing Arts
  • Regular Study Visits
  • Literary publisher Iconau based on campus

Students are assessed through a wide range of methods with a focus on original creative writing and reflection. These include: creative portfolios, reflective essays, workbooks and journals, presentations and essays. Option modules also offer creative or practice-based assessment (eg archiving, exhibition).

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

Career and employment opportunities include:

  • Writing
  • Teaching
  • Community Work
  • Publishing
  • Film, Television and Media
  • Marketing

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU: £9,000

International: £14,900

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our Student Finance pages.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's Bursaries and Scholarships page

  • BA Creative writing
  • BA Creative Writing and English
  • BA Creative Writing and Philosophy
  • BA Creative Writing with Education Studies
  • BA Creative Writing and Publishing

Key Features:

  • Large Projects
  • Designed for aspiring writers
  • Workshops with in-house, internationally recognised writers
  • Excellent pastoral care
  • Opportunity to develop large creative projects
  • Exploration of employment opportunities for the writer
  • Practice in a wide range of genres, including fiction, drama, poetry and journalism
  • The development of research, editing and archiving skills
  • Study abroad opportunities
  • Academic staff with wide-ranging experience of teaching

Why study at this University?

  • Longstanding relationship with a number of internationally recognised writers
  • Academic staff with wide-ranging experience of teaching Creative Writing
  • Excellence in the Cultural, Creative and Performing Arts

Visiting the University

For any students considering studying BA Creative Writing at UWTSD it is worthwhile attending a Visit Day or Open Day. You can take a tour of the Lampeter campus, meet some students, and question the lecturers to get a comprehensive understanding of the university and its teaching. To find out more about forthcoming dates visit the Open Day and Visit Day pages.