English and Creative Writing at Brunel is ranked 8th in the UK and 2nd in London. (The Guardian 2018)
We consider writing as a gift, a profession and, above all, a joy. Our courses will sharpen your creative and analytical skills and develop your confidence and passion for writing. We will introduce you to a wide range of literary genres – supported by the research interests of our staff. You’ll cover fantasy, thriller, experimental, steampunk, historical, horror, political, feminist, chick lit, lad lit, crime and comic fiction.
We believe that the best teachers of writing are writers, so we’ve filled our department with some of the most talented and original wordsmiths working today. These include Benjamin Zephaniah one of the pioneers of the performance poetry movement in Britain, and Bernardine Evaristo MBE, who founded the Brunel University African Poetry Prize in 2011.
We’re committed to teaching you the craft of creative writing in a supportive and motivating environment that will nurture your work and help you develop as a writer.
You can also select one of our joint honours degrees, combining your interest in creative writing with English, Games Design or Theatre. You’ll find more details online at: www.brunel.ac.uk
We have strong links with industry. We work closely with agents, publishers, producers and other key industry professionals, giving you the best opportunity to understand the competitive world of the creative industries. You’ll further develop your knowledge of the writing professions through our career-focused module on creative writing and the creative industries. Past students have gone on to work at the BBC and Universal Studios, as well as publishing novels, having plays produced and screenwriting.
We are proud that our Creative Writing BA is considered one of the best in the UK, consistently appearing in The Guardian’s top 15. We will encourage your creative freedom and you’ll have the chance to publish your work. Every year we produce an anthology of student writing, curated and co-edited by Creative Writing students. The first – The Voices Inside our Heads – featured the work of 29 final-year students and was published in 2014. You’ll learn writing techniques from experts and develop your own skills to create fiction, theatre and poetry. In your final year you’ll create a major piece of work which might be a short story, a novel fragment, a portfolio of poems, a short play, script or collection of journalism. You’ll also work on a critical project that supports your writing. So, if you choose to write a film comedy, you’ll be encouraged to study contemporary screen comedy. If you opt for a short story with a post-colonial theme you’ll be expected to study post-colonial fiction.
Getting ready for work- You’ll get plenty of exposure to the industry. We invite guest speakers including practitioners from book, magazine and news publishing, film and television, talent agents and career development consultants to come and talk to our students. You can gain further industry experience by joining internship programmes with our support. The advanced communication and research skills you acquire at Brunel are widely prized by employers, including those in the arts, publishing, teaching and marketing. Our graduates are doing wonderful things in publishing, journalism, advertising, television, film, public relations and teaching.