Develop your talent as a creative writer, while studying the world’s most influential writers in the English language, from the big names to hidden gems. On this degree you will discover the rewards and challenges of being a writer, while critically engaging with American literature. You’ll benefit from our long tradition of studying and writing fiction, poetry and drama, and our active links with the world of contemporary writing. Beyond the lifelong skill of creative writing, on this course you’ll develop the powers of a critic. You’ll sharpen your analytical skills, gain the confidence to present your arguments persuasively, and cultivate your abilities in written communication. Your third year will be spent in the United States or Canada, or the United States or Canada in your first semester followed by Australia, New Zealand or Hong Kong in your second semester, writing and learning in an inspiring new place and gaining invaluable academic and cultural experience, which you can also put to use in your career. It’ll demonstrate that you have the courage and independent spirit to embrace a different culture in the pursuit of learning. Whether you plan to stay in the UK after graduation or aim to establish a career abroad, the confidence, creativity and global perspective you’ll gain will be highly prized by employers. UEA American Studies graduates are known for their strong communication skills and go into careers including journalism, public relations, marketing and social media, as well as teaching, the civil service, or publishing. As you progress through the degree you’ll discover the rewards and challenges of being a writer, while learning from critical engagement with American literature. You’ll study the creative aspect of the course in workshops, where you feed and develop your skills as a writer. Under the guidance of experienced practitioners, you’ll learn to initiate and develop new creative material through technical exercises, group discussion and strategies for drafting new work. As you hone your writing skills, you can choose from modules on topics such as writing poetry, fiction, drama and journalism. You’ll graduate as a creative writer who learned their craft at one of the most renowned universities in the UK and beyond. You will have the basis to keep writing and developing your talent throughout your life. Alongside this, you’ll tailor your degree, by choosing literature modules from the wide range offered by American Studies, such as the literature of the American Revolution, and Native American writing to American Gothic. On this unique journey, you’ll discover what makes American literature, and the USA itself, so distinctive and come to understand how Americans have expressed their sense of identity and defined their nation through literature.