Nearing the end of my degree, I have to say it has been a fulfilling and wonderful three years indeed! Despite the ongoing pandemic throughout my undergraduate years, lecturers and other contributors both inside and out of the Creative Writing department at the University of Worcester have truly dedicated themselves to an enriching course in the face of rough circumstances.
In my experience, the first year of the course works splendidly for writers of all capacities. By building up a solid foundation of knowledge through examining and producing short fiction and poetry, as well as analysis of a wide variety of canon works, students are well-prepared for their second year of studies in which there is a great variety of exploration into detailed modules of their interest. There is an important focus on the development of writing throughout, whilst still providing a thorough understanding of the context and research for the assignments undertaken. This was especially the case for modules such as ‘Genre Fiction’ and ‘Writing for Children’, as they allowed students to get to grips with a solid comprehension of the early beginnings of genres and children’s literature, through to contemporary examples and analysis of the current market. But most importantly, they presented plenty of challenges and inspiration through enticing prompts and the blog feature in which students could read and provide feedback for each other’s work.
As I enter my final semester, the modules within Creative Writing focus more on the career options within the world of writing and provide detailed insight to careers and pathways upon graduating. Even before in first and second year, Ruth Stacey and Dr Jack McGowan have frequently brought in a diverse range of guest speakers to bring in fresh voices and insight to students, as well as alerting us to plenty of opportunities such as competitions and calls for submission. All in all, study on the Creative Writing course has been nothing short of a treat and a profound education through thick and thin!
Third year student Will Hulme was recently published in the #softlads poetry anthology (Bite Poetry Press 2022) and performed his poetry at Stryx gallery, Birmingham. Will is studying a joint honours degree with Screenwriting.