This practice-based course offers workshops designed to encourage you to evolve as writers in new and individual ways and approach writing in relation to wider literary and cultural contexts. Drama complements this by exploring theories and practical approaches in relation to performance which allows you to develop your creative ideas through practice in industry or community contexts. The Drama elements have a contemporary focus but review the histories and traditions of theatre and performance, and interrogate what is meant by these in the twenty-first century. You are encouraged to think critically to inform theatremaking skills and explore the extent to which drama is a tool for social change. In the first academic year, you write in a number of different mediums, genres and styles whilst gaining insights into the history of drama, the context in which dramatic production has taken place, how to make theatre, the political underpinning of texts and practices, and the ways in which texts and performances are viewed and interpreted. In the second academic year, you study more specific modules looking at different genres and extend your practical and critical skills. In the final academic year, you look increasingly at the relationships between writing and the world beyond the University such as publishing, producing, community audiences, writing and teaching.