Study Creative Writing with us to find your voice, refine your talent, and put purpose into every word you write. With inspiring, stimulating themes embedded throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to develop your skills across fiction, poetry, memoir, the graphic novel, screenwriting, non-fiction, audio and performance writing, concrete poetry and new media.
You’ll examine the relationship between word, image, and sound and, by the end of your course, you won’t just be writing – you’ll also be producing your own professional-standard publications. We will also equip you with voice coaching to help you leave DMU as a self-assured public performer.
At DMU, you can study Creative Writing with either Drama, Film Studies or Journalism as a joint honours course. You will choose 50 per cent of your options from Creative Writing and 50 per cent from Drama, Film Studies or Journalism. Combining your Creative Writing study with a complimentary academic discipline ensures that your writing stays fresh with different stimuli and you will develop varied skills to broaden your career opportunities.
- Become part of regional writing networks and perform and publish your work through events such as annual book festival States of Independence, DMU’s Cultural eXchanges festival, and spoken word events.
- Gain confidence in practical skills in performing and audio recording, and technical skills in digital and print publishing.
- We’ll help you to experiment and push you beyond your comfort zone to produce podcasts, audio-visual pieces and multimedia digital work.
- Work beyond classroom boundaries in a variety of stimulating settings to promote creativity, including urban walk workshops, museum trips and ghost story workshops in a deconsecrated chapel.
- DMU is ranked in the top 10 Creative Writing courses in the UK for graduate prospects, according to the Complete University Guide 2022.
- Take part in an overseas trip with DMU Global, our international experience programme. Our students have considered themes of borders and exile during a walking tour of Berlin, taken part in a scavenger hunt in the New York Public Library, and discovered Danish literature in Copenhagen.
- You’ll learn from successful working writers and industry professionals. Recent guest speakers include our visiting professor, poet and novelist Benjamin Zephaniah, novelist Mahsuda Snaith, literary agent Oli Munson and non-fiction author Damian Le Bas.
Structure and assessment
- Exploring Creative Writing
- Writing Identity
- Writing Place
- Word, Image, Sound
- Professional Writing Skills
- Specialism Plus Negotiated Study
Facilities and features
Home to DMU’s humanities subjects, this facility is equipped with the latest audio-visual equipment and cinema screens. Currently Clephan houses some key Art, Design and Humanities student support facilities including the Art, Design and Humanities Placement Team.
The Building features the Leicester Centre for Creative Writing, a hub for creative writing in the historic city of Leicester. The centre is a place to study creative writing, a centre for research, and houses a vibrant and diverse community of writers.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.
Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse provide flexible spaces, whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.
They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities. Wi-Fi is available across all campus locations.
Opportunities and careers
Work placements are offered as part of this course and they are one of the best ways to boost your skills and experience while studying, as well as improving your chances of gaining a graduate level job and can often lead to an offer of employment for when you graduate.
We have numerous links with organisations both in the UK and internationally, and the placements team will help you find a placement to suit your and you interests and aspirations.
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
Creative Writing is an international-facing subject: you learn about the global publishing world, and are tutored by writers and guests part of the international writing community. Students have taken opportunities to study abroad in America, Cyprus, Germany and Japan.
The final year Professional Writing Skills module prepares you to think more widely about employability, and to recognise – and articulate to employers – the rich skills you bring to any workplace. Some graduates currently work in schools (as teachers or in other roles), for publishers, in publicity departments and on newspapers. One graduate is a stand-up comic while another has reached the clinical practice stage of postgraduate medicine. Some undertake further studies at masters and doctoral level both in Britain and abroad. Others travel or choose work which allows them time to write.
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