Why Study Creative Writing and Professional Writing?
At Bangor University you will learn to develop your passion for language, storytelling and the written word into a career that will last you a lifetime.
You will join a community of novelists, poets, screenwriters, journalists, publishers, academics, film makers and media professionals and creative students. We offer a range of courses designed to equip you with a solid grounding in the creative, the critical and the practical skills you will need to pursue a writing career.
Our Creative and Professional Writing degree is an innovative, practical programme that encourages you work across a variety of disciplinary pathways. You may develop skills in the techniques and forms of the short story, the novel and poetry, looking at them both as critics and as practitioners. You will have the opportunity to explore journalism, screenwriting, scriptwriting, storytelling, genre writing, writing for performance and for publication, writing for online and other digital media, and publishing.
The study of writing at Bangor offers a balance of practical and analytical tasks. Modules are taught primarily through seminars and workshops with presentations by visiting writers and are assessed both on practical output and on the individual's ability to reflect critically on their practice. As you progress through your degree, much of your study will be done in small teaching groups as you build your portfolio of creative writing. In your third year you may choose a work placement, applying the skills you have developed as a writer to real-world requirements. In your final year you can develop a longer piece of creative work from initial concept to professional output.
Career Opportunities in Creative Writing and Professional Writing
As well as effective written and oral communication skills from a Creative Writing degree, you will develop:
- creative thinking and problem solving
- independent working
- time management and organisation
- a good understanding of information technology
- planning and researching written work
- presentation skills
- editorial and proofreading skills
- negotiation skills
These skills and others will prepare you for jobs in many industries, but many creative writing graduates enter such professions as:
- Advertising copywriter
- Arts administrator
- Creative director
- Digital copywriter
- Editorial assistant
- Magazine journalist
- Newspaper journalist
- Talent agent
- Web content manager
Our Research in Creative Writing and Professional Writing
The expertise of Creative and Professional Writing staff lies in the craft of language and storytelling within the broad context of professional practice. Our staff work across disciplines, including poetry, short story, the novel, social media fiction, digital fiction, journalism, screenwriting, and publishing.
Staff are internationally recognised experts in their chosen field, bringing knowledge and enthusiasm to their teaching. The department has an active community of research students and offers research supervision in a range of specialist areas, including Poetry, Short story writing, Creative Translation, Bookselling, The space of the book, Digital publishing, Experimental writing, Ecopolitics, Welsh writing in English, Concept development, Screenwriting, Nationalism in Wales, Welsh or Welsh language media, Digital media in minority languages, Political Journalism.