The University of East Anglia has a long and internationally famous tradition of providing courses in the writing of fiction, poetry and drama, and has close and active links with the world of contemporary writing. Our belief is that good readers make good writers, and so this BA offers a thorough grounding in the study of English literature, alongside a rigorous training in creative writing. You will learn from practising and published writers of poetry, prose and drama, as you develop your own writing practice alongside the critical study of literature. You will be working towards three A-levels (or equivalent), including English Literature or combined English Language and Literature. You might have aspirations to work in the media, journalism, publishing, screenwriting, teaching, business and arts management, to go on to further study, or to become a published writer. You will be able to show us a portfolio of about five pages of your creative writing. As with all our courses, we also welcome mature students. On this course you will discover the wealth of the literary tradition in English, whilst mastering an array of creative writing techniques and experiments. Alongside compulsory modules, you can pick from a variety of optional topics in years 2 and 3, in line with your developing interests. You can study literature from the ancient to the very modern, and across a range of genres, from the time-honoured forms of poetry, prose and drama, to more recent sci-fi or crime fiction. As a writer you can choose to specialise in poetry, fiction or theatre, as well as journalism and publishing. Throughout the course you will develop your own confident and singular voice as a critical and a creative writer. You will learn from our internationally-respected faculty, including literary critics, literary historians and writers, and undertake specialist study in small group seminars, chosen from both within the School and, sometimes, other departments. Each semester the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing welcomes a different award-winning author who comes to live and write among us, and to give lectures, seminars and workshops. These have included the Whitbread-winning novelist Ali Smith and the bestselling crime writer Ian Rankin. In the autumn and spring, we also host a series of readings by well-known writers. Recent guests include Richard Dawkins, Jonathan Franzen, Jeanette Winterson, Iain Banks and Stephen Fry. Our students also regularly give readings in various informal venues around Norwich, and publish their work in anthologies and pamphlets. You will have the opportunity to spend a semester of your second year abroad, as well as the chance to gain work experience in copywriting and arts administration, through various schemes run by UEA. In creative writing seminar-workshops you will develop as a writer under the guidance of experienced practitioners. You will learn to initiate new ideas, develop appropriate formal strategies and tackle the demands of different literary genres, with a view to shaping and completing new creative work. You’ll learn to tackle the practical problems of character, dialogue, mood, visual and aural dynamics and structure as well as the challenges of drafting and re-drafting, and reading and researching as a writer. Through workshops, technical exercises and group discussions, you will develop your expressive and technical skills and improve your abilities as an editor and critic – of your own and other people’s writing.