We are a community of award-winning novelists, poets and playwrights. Creative Writing at Essex has a great tradition of nurturing writers and thinkers. From past giants such as Robert Lowell, Ted Berrigan and Ben Okri who have shaped literature as we know it, to prize-winning contemporary writers such as Professors Derek Walcott and Marina Warner, Essex has always attracted people who are at the heart of defining and redefining literature. We teach a unique approach which deepens your knowledge of literary tradition across a variety of modes and genres to develop your practical skills of expression and invention. Our modules lead you into varied modes of writing through planned readings and writing exercises, expanding your techniques as well as critical judgement of your own work. This four-year version of our degree allows you to spend the third year studying abroad, while otherwise remaining identical to the three-year course.