Whether you like science fiction or poetry, or want to write for the stage or the screen, our BA (Hons) Creative Writing degree will support your development as a professional writer.
Explore professional writing techniques at ARU in Cambridge. Learn to write compelling narratives whether you want to write poetry, drama, short fiction, or become a copy writer or a journalist.
Based in the Cambridge School of Creative Industries and with a network of professionals with expertise in drama and performance, film, games development, journalism, publishing, and digital media, you’ll be equipped for a range of careers.
You’ll explore complex types of communication, digital literacy and innovative storytelling, developing your own skills in this area.
Throughout your Creative Writing degree you'll progressively develop your skills in writing, preparing you for careers in teaching, editing, community arts, arts management, journalism, publishing, copywriting, and in related fields of advertising, film, video production and computer game production.
You’ll get invaluable feedback on all of your written work from professional writers, including our teaching staff and Royal Literary Fund fellows, as well as your fellow students. This will offer you the unique opportunity to consider a range of responses to your writing, as well as sharpening your own critical skills.
In addition you’ll be part of our vibrant ARU writing community, including postgraduates and alumni, who will support you in building your own professional networks and the entrepreneurial skills required for freelancing and portfolio careers.
Guest lectures include visiting authors, editors, agents, and other writing-industry professionals, giving you key insights and networking opportunities.
You’ll prepare for work through key modules: Careers in Writing: Editing & Copywriting helps you develop skills wanted by industry and the professional environment such as understanding branding guidelines and how to write according to them. The Business of Being a Writer: Craft & Professional Practice (L6) will provide you with an understanding of the path to publication.
You can also choose to study abroad for a semester, with funding available to help cover the cost; which is shown to improve employability, and we'll help you to find placements and work experience. You can even opt for a placement year.
Alumnus Megan talks about how studying creative writing helped her career in marketing, and grew her confidence in sharing her writing.ARU Spotlight Podcast: Megan Herdson
Writing Lecturer Jon talks about poetry in the digital age and the importance of communities for creative writing.ARU Spotlight Podcast: Jon Stone
Screenwriting Lecturer Toby talks about his creative work, including BAFTA-winning Netflix horror film ‘His House’.ARU Spotlight Podcast: Toby Venables
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Course Leader and Senior Lecturer, BA (Hons) Creative Writing, BA (Hons) Writing & English Literature and BA (Hons) Writing & Film
Senior Lecturer, Screenwriting
Course Leader, MA Creative Writing / MA Creative Writing and Publishing; Lecturer, Creative Writing
Senior Lecturer, Creative Writing
Associate Professor of Writing and Digital Publishing Studies
Deputy Head, Writing and Performance
Course Leader; Senior Lecturer
Associate Professor of Early Modern Literature and Philosophy; Course Leader, BA (Hons) English Literature
Associate Professor, English Literature
Research Convenor in English Literature
Professor of English Literature
As a BA (Hons) Creative Writing student you’ll develop many skills besides writing, including literacy, communication, research, creative thinking, self-reliance and teamwork – all of which can help you start a career in many different areas, including film, games development, journalism, publishing, digital media and marketing.
Graduation doesn't have to be the end of your time with us. You might decide to continue on to a Masters course, such as our MA Creative Writing or MA Creative Writing and Publishing. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.
Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.
You will need to dedicate time outside of your course to develop your employability, through placements, internships or volunteering or through our partner scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). You can evidence this experience on your CV and talk about it in interviews to give you that all important edge.
Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.
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