This is a small, specialised creative writing pathway within an English Literature degree. Students will take 25% of their credits in creative writing (both fiction and poetry). The course covers the full range of English literature from Old English to the present day. The creative writing component of the course focuses on fiction and poetry writing. The course will introduce you to techniques of fiction and poetry writing and develop your understanding of i) the craft of writing ii) the nature and necessity of revision and iii) the importance of being able to give and receive constructive feedback. The creative writing component of the degree will be taught in small group workshops. Students will write their own poems and stories regularly, read relevant work from established writers, and respond to examples of contemporary poetry and fiction. There will be in-class writing exercises and an introduction to workshopping. **The course aims to:** - Encourage engagement with a significant range of literary/non-literary genres, incl. film, music, texts in the English language from British Isles/US/other English-speaking communities, from Anglo-Saxon times to the present; - Provide an opportunity to study/specialise in literature, theory, film, popular song, and/or new media; - Enable the study of texts in historical/cultural contexts, develop an appreciation of the specific contexts that condition the representation of allegedly 'universal' concepts and an appreciation of how our own historical/cultural location affects our understanding of literature; - Familiarise students with and enable them to apply traditional and modern theories of literary/cultural criticism; - Develop students' powers of critical/analytical thinking alongside an appreciation of the crafting of written utterances and the interrelationships between texts, together with an ability to apply such techniques to sophisticated primary/secondary texts; - Encourage students to respond imaginatively, intellectually and independently to the written word; enable them to carry this quality of response into future reading experiences; - Encourage enthusiasm for English and appreciation of its importance in the world today/in the future; - Foster sophisticated literacy skills whilst encouraging correct and appropriate presentation/referencing; develop fluency and clarity in discussion and in oral/written presentation; - Encourage continuous, developing reflection, enabling both responsibility for personal learning and the ability to make informed choices for future development; - Develop skills for employment/further study, both discipline-related and transferable to other contexts; - Sustain/enhance a body of knowledge about, and critical appreciation of, literature and other cultural forms, in preparation for postgraduate study/professional careers. **Special Features** Students on the English Literature with Creative Writing pathway are given free admission to 'Literature Live' - a series of readings and discussions featuring high profile poets and fiction writers which runs regularly throughout the academic year. They are also able to attend selected workshops and discussions with visiting writers. The famous John Rylands Library, Deansgate is also part of the University and offers the rare opportunity to see a Gutenberg bible, Shakespeare folios and other archival treasures. Students may apply to spend one semester studying abroad during the second year of their degree. Exchange partners are offered in Europe, through the Erasmus Exchange scheme, or via the Worldwide Exchange scheme, in either the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong or Singapore.