Starting Creative Writing

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Module code


  • Level 1
  • Semester 1
  • English - School of Humanities
  • Coursework 100%
  • Thursday evening classes 18.00 to 20.00


This module provides an introduction to a number of key texts and workshop exercises, and demonstrates through class teaching how to respond to these – critically and creatively. Weekly seminars will be based on extracts or full texts of novels, short stories, creative (non-fiction) essays, performance and poems. An excellent introductory text is Staying Alive: real poems for unreal times, edited by Neil Astley. This course is open to anyone who has a good reading habit and an openness to reading work which challenges them.


Sandra Ireland

Teaching staff

Josephine Jules Andrews, Lindsay MacGregor, Eddie Small


The teaching is carried out in workshops and seminars that allow for a good deal of personal interaction and group discussion where every member of the class participates, in creating both critical and imaginative responses.

Academic support for these classes is provided via leaflets and brochures, reading materials and lists, vle and guided self-study.