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BA (Hons) Creative Writing course preparation

To help you feel prepared for your BA (Hons) Creative Writing studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Read on to find out more.

Suggested reading

You’ll be given lots of information about which textbooks to read and introduced to the University Library, as well as the many ebooks we have for you to access, when you begin your studies in September.

In the meantime, there are a some suggested texts you might like to read, if you can, before starting your degree. We don’t recommend rushing out to buy texts before you arrive. But if you can pick some up second hand, borrow from a library, or access online, we suggest:

General texts for Creative Writing:
WRI1018: Introduction to Poetry
WRI1019: Introduction to Fiction
WRI1020: Introduction to Scriptwriting
Additional texts for your chosen option

Useful websites

  • If you’re looking for something to read, have a look at the Poetry Foundation website.
  • Make sure to visit the Prospects website if you’re thinking about a future career in English.
  • You might also want to use an online To Do List.

Things to try over the summer

 Here are a couple of ideas for you to try over the summer:

  • Buy a notebook and use it to record ideas, snippets of overheard conversations, poems, short stories, etc.
  • Write in your notebook everyday
  • Describe one incident in clear prose as though it were a passage from a novel you’d like to read
  • Write a haiku
  • Start your own blog
  • Join our Facebook group