Creative Writing and English Literature

Students and staff talk about the ‘hybrid learning experience’ that encourages ‘playfulness, originality and innovation’ in our joint honours Creative Writing and English Literature degree. Prize-winning students Margaret Adkins and Michael Wheatley reflect on their time with us, and lecturers Dr Lucy Arnold and Ruth Stacey describe what each subject brings to the other.

Michael Wheatley

“The Creative Writing and English Literature programme at Worcester is wonderful, and I’m incredibly grateful for it. I’m still in regular contact with the writing group I was a part of while there, and am delighted to see them all reaching tremendous heights in their own right.

At no point during the MA or PhD have I felt out of my depth, which is a testament to how well Worcester prepared me for further education. For anybody taking the first steps towards being a writer, it is the most supportive and encouraging environment.” Michael Wheatley, Twitter

Poster from our 2018 prizewinner book launch for Michael Wheatley and Margaret Adkins.

“A joint honours degree in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Worcester provides you with a hybrid learning experience in which the playfulness, originality and innovation you are encouraged to foster in your creative work feeds into your approach to theory and criticism, enabling your analytical and interpretative thinking to break new ground.

Meanwhile, the incisive and careful attention to detail, both in your study of primary texts such as novels, plays and poetry and in your encounters with secondary reading and research in the English Literature side of your degree allows you to develop new vocabularies for both what your creative work achieves and how it achieves it.” Dr Lucy Arnold, Twitter

Dr Lucy Arnold, Lecturer in English Literature

You can read more about the English Literature and English Language courses on their BLOG.

Our Hive Library has excellent facilities and staff.

“I am a keen reader and so studying Creative Writing with English Literature at degree level was the perfect combination for me. Being taught to close read texts of new and diverse writers from different eras and continents in English Literature inspired ideas for my creative writing and sharpened creative skills. Likewise, developing skills for Creative Writing and thereby gaining a practical knowledge of technique enhanced my analytical abilities in English Literature. I found it a wonderful cross-fertilisation of subjects.

Although I view Creative Writing as my first subject, I wanted to study both equally and so my degree is an ensemble of modules, which consist of equal credits from both sides. This means that for my independent study in the third year, I created a joint dissertation in an area that I wanted to specialise in: writing for performance. I had two supervisors, one from each discipline.

Throughout the course of my degree I remained interested in modern literature that explored place, space and home. My creative dissertation began with academic research that focused on philosophical texts examining domestic space, which then became the basis for a short play script written about home from a feminist angle.

The nature of my Joint Honours B.A. in Creative Writing & English Literature gave me the confidence to take another step and remain at the University of Worcester to undertake a postgraduate degree (MRes) in Theatre & Performance.” Margaret Adkins Twitter

Margaret Adkins
Ruth Stacey, Lecturer in Creative Writing

“The joint honours degree in Creative Writing and English Literature is one of our most popular combinations. This is because the skills that are embedded in both subjects can prompt students to be more imaginative and innovative in their approaches to research and writing. Students gain the ability to increase their power as a writer, find their voice and develop a rigorous, analytical technique in their creative practice that can shape their memoir writing, prose and poetry in exciting ways. Essay writing, researching, editing, and proofreading will not just benefit their artistic work but translate into career opportunities in academia, publishing, journalism, advertising and many more jobs that require excellent written communication skills. Plus, students get to read and discuss so many incredible pieces of literature it is no wonder they get inspired to produce great work of their own!” Ruth Stacey, TWITTER

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