BA English and Creative Writing (Hons.)

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We are looking for passionate future poets, novelists, playwrights and screenwriters eager to turn their interests into high-quality creative writing. Improve your writing skills by studying English Language, Stylistics and Literature alongside Creative Writing.

  • We inspire both creative and critical thinking
  • We encourage excellence in writing and oral communication
  • We produce writers ready for a global, commercial and digital world

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The CovWords Magazine Editing Team, 2016

Our degree is designed to prepare you for a career which demands creative communication, and brings you together with industry professionals such as playwrights, publishers and novelists to hone your creative writing skills.

I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for all the ongoing support you’ve provided me with throughout my journey at Coventry University from the very first day till my last. It’s been an honour having you as lecturers and I don’t think I would have been able to get the degree classification I have without your motivation, encouragement and passion for creative writing, which is reflected in your teaching. (Nabila Bhayat, Graduate, 2017)

Students with Alyson Morris (middle front row) outside Coventry Cathedral, when the course first started in 2012

In your first year, in addition to working in traditional published formats, you will use digital technologies, including social media platforms and live blogs, to innovate your practice. In your second year you can enjoy an optional writers’ retreat in the UK (subsidised by the University). Last year we took our students to the lovely coastal town of Whitby, staying next door to the Abbey and the graveyard, inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. By the time you reach your third year, you will be working on producing short plays for performance, recording your own radio dramas and writing your first screenplay.

Winner of the Frederick Holland Poetry Collection Award, 2014 (from left to right: David Smith, Raef Boylan, Alyson Morris, Tim Kelly)

Some of our graduates are employed to write creatively for marketing and PR in various companies in the UK and overseas, or have gone into teaching. Our graduates have also joined government schemes, or have been given internships at Coventry University. Some students have gone into publishing, using skills obtained through producing the School’s creative writing magazine, CovWords.

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Why choose us?

  • get free course books
  • enjoy guest speakers: poets, publishers, playwrrights and filmmakers
  • be part of the publishing team for CovWords
  • go on field trips and placements at home or abroad
  • take publishing opportunities, including theatre and radio performances
  • enjoy flexible course design
  • complete a work or study placement in the UK or overseas
  • volunteer in schools
  • be part of a student society

Overseas students say:

I felt like Coventry University’s course was the one that took a wide-ranging and serious approach to Creative Writing. Also, the profile of the University (with its modernity, diversity and internationalisation) offers plenty of space to develop new ideas and thoughts. So far I am not disappointed in the slightest, I’ve learned so much in these last 5 months and my writer’s voice is stronger than ever. Also, I’ve developed confidence and tackled areas that I never had before. Everyone has been very helpful! (Maria de Omena from Brazil, Year 1, English and Creative Writing)

Writing has been my passion for a while, however, I wanted to polish my skills to use it professionally. In India, there were no degree courses for the subject but there are certified courses which would not hold a good value to build a career. I decided to look for opportunities abroad and came across Coventry University with the help of my adviser in India. When I came to the University I was welcomed warmly and could make friends very easily.  I have a very friendly relationship with my teachers and am never afraid to approach them when I am in trouble or in need of their help. There are various interesting societies at the University which are part of the CUSU (student union). The CovWords Society produces the Creative Writing magazine. It is very beneficial to give submissions to the magazine because it helps build my writer’s portfolio.  (Aarushi Shetty from India, Year 2, English and Creative Writing)

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