An introduction to studying Creative Writing at university. Featuring Edge Hill University, Teesside University and the University of Winchester.

Event Summary

This webinar is hosted by Jon Cheek, the Founder and Director of UniTasterDays. Guidance is provided for students to help them make good choices when considering university. The guest speakers for this event are Ruth Boyce, a School & College Development Officer at the University of Winchester, Georgia Hargreaves, a Student Recruitment Assistant at Edge Hill University and Dr Ben Lamb, a Senior Lecturer at Teesside University.

An introduction to studying creative writing at university
Ruth talks about why you should study creative writing at university, and how this is a broad degree which gives you the opportunity to combine it with other subjects.

This degree covers all aspects of writing which enables you to develop skills to engage people with your work, explains Ruth. She speaks about why it is important to not only be creative on this course, but to also have a market awareness which is useful when thinking about careers. This is a varied course and Ruth mentions how you will be taught, assessed and any opportunities you will have to collaborate on projects. She looks closely at modules you can study, how you will be taught and who you will be taught by. Finally, Ruth touches on what a typical week at university looks like and the entry requirements for the course.

Choosing a Creative writing course and how to apply
Georgia shares her top tips for choosing the right course at university and the things to take into consideration when doing this.

UCAS is the admissions service that processes applications for universities in the UK. Georgia goes through the procedure of applying on UCAS and how to write a personal statement.

With a creative writing course it is important to bear in mind that universities may ask you to submit samples of your written work, explains Georgia. She goes on to share tips for writing your personal statement and how to show your motivation for the course. Finally, Georgia looks at the career prospects for creative writing graduates, and shares top tips for getting into the creative industry.

What to expect on a creative writing course
Ben talks about what a creative writing degree is like at university – a combination of critical thinking and theoretical work.

He talks about how university is different to school/college learning, with students expected to be more independent with their academic studies. He explains what seminars and workshops are at university, and how they are beneficial in improving your creative writing skills. Finally, Ben touches on modules, assessments and careers you can go into after you graduate.

Session summary from Rubaya Zaman, an English Literature Graduate from the University of Birmingham.

Event Recorded: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 14:00

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