The BA English Literature and Creative Writing programme allows you to study all periods of literature in English, from the Anglo-Saxon period to the twenty-first century, together with training in Creative Writing. The focus throughout the degree is on becoming a careful, attentive, and informed reader and writer, sensitive to the nuances of language and style and able to produce polished and sophisticated creative work, as well as to articulate your responses to texts in writing which is precise, stylish, and effective. You will be encouraged to stretch yourself intellectually and imaginatively by exploring literature as both a practitioner and a critic. Our approach will help you develop an understanding of the creative process, as well as enhancing your knowledge of genre, literary history, and the varied and dynamic academic field which is ‘English Literature’. The Creative Writing element of the programme provides you with the opportunity to progress from introductory modules on reading and writing creatively to specialised work within specific forms and genres such as fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and scriptwriting, culminating in the production of an extended collection of creative work. This programme is suitable for those who wish to become professional writers as well as those who are inspired and intrigued by literature, and who wish to learn more about its theory and practice. Distinctive features •Emphasis on combining the critical study of literary texts with the practice of writing creatively. •The ability to tailor module options towards your own creative interests. •Opportunities to take advantage of the creative aspects of our Engagement Platforms - Cardiff BookTalk, Cardiff Poetry Experiment, Fiction Fiesta. •MA guest reader performances that are an established part of the creative-critical environment in the School. •The opportunity to participate in a lively and thriving literary community and learn from a wide array of practitioners of contemporary literature.