Fascinated by writing, whether that’s producing your own creative efforts, or exploring those of others? LJMU’s Joint Honours English and Creative Writing will give you an unparalleled insight into the craftsmanship required to become a published poet, novelist, screenwriter or short story writer. Our degree will take you from literary classics to popular fiction, expanding your knowledge of British, Irish, American and other world cultures, and focusing on the complex and dynamic relationship between literature and the culture that surrounds it. You will be analysing the work of canonical authors like Shakespeare, Blake, Eliot and Woolf, as well as contemporary writers such as Kazuo Ishiguro and Monica Ali. A residential writers’ retreat in rural Wales will give you a chance to perfect your own writing skills, and LJMU’s Screen School hosts a number of literary events, readings, screenings and open mic nights to showcase your work at Liverpool arts venues such as FACT, The Everyman and the Bluecoat. There’s even in-house publisher and literary agent. Towards the end of your course, you will specialise in a chosen genre and get a feel for the life of a professional writer by writing independently but with guidance from tutors and the support of peers to help you review and refine your work.
The LJMU English and Creative Writing programme is taught by a large and diverse team, all of whom are active in writing, publication and research, and bring that experience, enthusiasm and innovation to the classroom. We are particular proud to offer you a diverse portfolio of option modules, giving you the opportunity both to explore topics that are new to you, but also to deepen your understanding of your own particular research and writing interests. Teaching is delivered via a combination of lectures, seminar-workshops, peer presentations and film-screenings, and online groups give you the opportunity to further discuss ideas and issues that arise in the classroom.
We are dedicated to developing the skills that, as an LJMU English and Creative Writing graduate, you will have to offer to employers in your chosen profession. In your first year with us, you will pass the first stage of LJMU’s unique employability award, and can take this valuable qualification further in subsequent years. Every LJMU English and Creative Writing student takes one of our three work-related learning modules, English Work Experience, Working in the USA, and The Writer at Work. All three give you the chance to gain credit for planning for and reflecting upon a diverse range of professional experiences in the UK, Europe and the USA, including individual writing projects, teaching, journalism, community work, Summer Camps, and the ambitious local heritage project Shakespeare North. Recent LJMU English projects such as ‘Social Media for Students’ and ‘Blogging Beyond the Classroom’ have also offered applicants internship opportunities to further enhance their cvs. The experience you develop through these opportunities will be supported and enhanced by the University’s World of Work Careers Service and its wide range of training and information services.
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