Creative Writing

100% of UWTSD’s Imaginative Writing students agreed that the course has challenged them to achieve their best work – NSS 2018.

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Why study Creative Writing at UWTSD?

  • Academically and creatively challenging we aim to nurture your creative talent across a range of different forms - including short stories, screenplays, poetry, drama and novels.
  • We give you the opportunity to develop an understanding of the world of publishers focusing on your research and editing skills and exploring key aspects of publication.
  • As all publishers and businesses agree clear writing skills are essential for any creative writer - and equally crucial to any career.
  • We take an immersive approach to learning offering a diverse range of teaching approaches, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshop sessions. 
  • You will attend small-group classes with a focus on discussion and learning activities to encourage the self-development and critical reflection accepted as key to the development of personal and professional capacities.

Fancy studying another subject alongside Creative Writing?

Interested in anthropology, English literature, ancient civilisations, the environment or classics?

The Creative Writing programme gives you the opportunity to diversify your studies by studying other areas alongside your subject. For example, you could combine your course with any of the above subjects or with the following ones:

Key Facts

UCAS Code: W801
UCAS Code (Foundation): CRF1
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 Years

Tuition Fees for 2018/19:
£9000 (Home/EU students)
£11000 (Overseas students)
Scholarships and Bursaries

Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
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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. 

Workshop sessions will be held within which you will be encouraged to discuss your work with your community of fellow writers. Your tutor will support you in preparing your work for publication and advise on places to approach. Alongside one-to-one tuition, you will also take modules on different aspects of the writing industry, 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 access their lecturers when needed. The small classes are always friendly and never intimidating, allowing staff to know their students on a first-name basis.

Taking into account that student choices and requirements can differ radically, as well as ensuring a rounded knowledge of creative writing generally, the scheme offers modules covering a wide range of topics and issues. Some of the areas of study include, for example, persuasive language, writing drama, writing fiction and poetry, and how to work towards publication.   Options to study abroad may also be available, as well as one-to-one tuition with writers. 

A range of modules in other disciplines is offered alongside your main subject modules. You could take modules in, for example, history, English, classics, philosophy, anthropology, or any of our other humanities subjects.  View our full list of Humanities subjects

Reasons for choosing this course:

  • Academic staff with wide-ranging experience of teaching Creative Writing
  • Award-winning Creative Writers deliver all our modules 
  • Excellence in the Cultural, Creative and Performing Arts
  • Learn editing by joining the contributing to the well-respected creative journal The Lampeter Review.
  • In a world of fake news explore the relation between persuasive writing, manipulation, and conspiracy theories. 
  • focus on public readings and performance

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 who demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a range of backgrounds. Creative writing applicants are required to submit examples of their work.

To assess student suitability for their chosen course we prefer to interview applicants to consider their skills, achievements and life experience in tandem with your qualifications.

Career and employment opportunities are very broad and include:

  • Administrative and managerial jobs 
  • Community Work
  • Freelance work such as copywriting, editing 
  • Independent and commissioned creative writing
  • Marketing and fundraising
  • Publishing
  • Teaching
  • Writing for film, television and media

UK/EU  Tuition Fees
Visit our UK/EU Tuition Fees section to find out more.

Overseas Tuition Fees
Visit our Overseas Fees section to find out more.

Bursaries and Scholarships
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 our Bursaries and Scholarships section.

The Faculty has estimated on the assumption that students buy new copies of the books. Students may also choose to spend money on printing drafts of work.

Students may spend up to £300 per year on books and additional related materials.

Students are expected to submit 2 hard copies of their final project, the estimated cost for binding these is £20.

Optional Field trip:

Faculty works to ensure that there are a range of fieldwork and fieldtrip options available both locally and internationally. The Faculty subsidises these trips but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. Below are the upper end of expected costs based on where students have currently done placements.

Individual trips: c. £5-£50

Field trip module: c. £500-£700

Joint Honours Courses:

  • BA Creative Writing and Classical Civilisation
  • BA Creative Writing and Education Studies
  • BA Creative Writing and English
  • BA Creative Writing and Heritage
  • BA Creative Writing and History
  • BA Creative Writing and Philosophy
  • BA Creative Writing and Publishing
  • BA English and Philosophy
  • BA English and History

For a full list of Joint courses, you can go to Joint Honours Courses

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.