English and Creative Writing year 2 modules

Compulsory modules 

Drama and Media Writing

The aim of this module is to inspire students to experiment with content, form and technique in dramatic writing for any/all of the following: stage, radio, TV, film; so as to produce original synopses/proposals and script extracts. They will gain practical and theoretical insight into generic aspects of script writing and explore the similarities and differences between writing for traditional and media genres, and between different media in particular. Students will be encouraged to develop a writer's eye of writer's ear by engaging with individual media works within their scheduled and marketed context, and will become acquainted with commissioning requirements and processes.

Editing: Theory and Practice 

This module will introduce students to the theory and practice of editing. Students will gain a structured overview of issues relating to the editing of literary texts from self-editing as a creative strategy and editing as mentoring, (building on the students’ creative writing to date) to editing as a professional activity involving different types and levels of expertise. Students will be introduced to both generic and genre/media specific editing techniques, and will be given the opportunity to hone their ability to make realistic (critical and aesthetic) editorial judgments through a practical editing project, involving the selection, text-editing/proof-reading, curation of an 'anthology' on a theme of their choice.

Poetry Writing

This module aims to present a broad spectrum of contemporary poetic techniques, movements and styles in order to inform and inspire students original poetic compositions. Students will be encouraged to view poetry writing both as an opportunity to write within a tradition, and to subvert poetic conventions. Students will study up-to-date writing models in the form of 20th and 21st Century texts. They will become acquainted with market requirements and poetry publishing in the form of journals, pamphlets and collections.

Prose Writing

The aim of this module is to inspire students to experiment with content, form and technique in prose, so as to produce a novel extract. They will gain practical and theoretical insight into the similarities and differences between contemporary literary and genre fiction. Students will study up-to-date writing models in the form of 20th and 21st Century texts. They will become acquainted with market requirements and offered advice on how to get into print.

Optional modules (may include) 

Histories of Literature (students choose 2)  

  • Critical Encounters with Medieval Popular Literature

  • Decadents and Moderns

  • Literature 1950-Present

  • Renaissance Poetry

  • Restoration and Revolution

  • Romantics and Victorians

Professional Skills 

Shakespeare: Elizabethan and Jacobean

Themes in Literature (students choose 1)

  • Colonial/Postcolonial 

  • Digital Futures

  • Gender and Sexuality Studies 

  • The Gothic

  • Public English

  • Rags and Riches: Wealth and Poverty in American Literature and Culture

  • Tragedy 

  • The Use of Genre: Nefarious Plots, Cheap Thrills and the Search for Meaning