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BA (Hons)
Creative Writing for Publication

Turn your love of words into a potential career. With this course, you’ll delve into the heart of publishing. We’ll teach you techniques that will help you get your own work printed or published online. Equip yourself with top-quality writing skills and start putting pen to paper on your path towards authorship.

Qualification: BA (Hons)

UCAS code: 42K8

Study mode: Full-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: Three years

Start date: September

Is this course for me?

Love reading? Why not write your own material? Creative Writing gives you a range of techniques and advice to help you create stories and tackle getting published. Share your stories, scripts and poems with the world by embarking on this course, where you’ll improve your own writing ability and nurture your creative talent.

Widen your knowledge of writing for publication
From novels, to film scripts, TV screenwriting, stage plays and a variety of short forms, you’ll learn how to write for a multitude of different media. We’ll help you improve your work and explain how to get your work bought, read, made and watched. Right from the start, students engage with the process of publication, from draft to final copy.

Learn about the publishing industry
On this course, you won’t just be writing. Getting published takes a lot of management as well as talent. We give you an understanding of the industry and how getting published takes more than constructing stunning prose.

We’ll take you through the secrets of the business. You’ll find out how writers get published and how the rise of the e-book has made the industry even more interesting. We’ll show you how you can self-publish – and how most rags-to-riches stories about famous authors begin with a lot of patience and hard work. You’ll also pick up skills on proofreading, copy editing and design software.

At Bucks, we have an ever growing creative department. And this course is one of our most recent editions. We’re excited to be able to deliver this new course with everything you need for writing. On campus, you’ll have full access to writing and design software such as Celtx, Scrivener, and InDesign.

Expert lecturers and professional guest speakers
Our lecturers have experience writing in a wide range of areas – from advertising to novels. Many of our staff are published and have successfully navigated the complicated world of print. Our tutors and visiting industry professionals have a background in writing and publishing. They’ll advise you on your work and introduce you to areas of writing that you have never tried before.

We’ll also keep you updated on the latest news in writing. We have many guest lecturers, from well-known authors such as Gavin Smith (Veteran, War in Heaven, Age of Scorpio and A Quantum Mythology) and Charles Cumming (A Colder War, A Foreign Country, The Trinity Six); agents like Karolina Sutton (Curtis Brown), and publishers such as Titan Books and Newcon Press.

Gain experience in real life situations and briefs
This vibrant new course prepares you for a career as a writer. You’ll be taught how to make your own e-book so you’ll be able to publish your own work online, ready for a publisher to print. We’re also establishing work placements and writing opportunities with a variety of different professional companies.

For the final year, you’ll create a real proof – just like you would send to an agent or publisher. We’ll show you how to format and entice them with a summary of the plot and the first three chapters. You can also create scripts for film and television and get more people involved in your creative project, with live readings, audio drama and filmmaking opportunities just down the corridor. We always encourage collaboration.

Year One

  • Studying Writers
  • Publishing Skills
  • Writing Skills for Writers
  • Writing for Film and Television

Year Two

  • The Writer's World
  • Editing Skills
  • Writing the Short Form
  • Writing for Stage and Audio
  • Screenwriting

Year Three

  • New Writing Mediums
  • The Writing Portfolio
  • The Professional Writer
  • The Writing Project (Dissertation)

What are the entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 200-240. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

How much does it cost?

Full-time Home and EU: £9,000 per year
Full-time International: £9,500 per year

For information on fees and finance, please view our fees and funding section.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

For fees for international students, visit our international section.

Visit our Why Bucks? section to discover what studying at Bucks could mean for you.

How do I apply?

Applications for full-time undergraduate courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Information on making an application through UCAS is available on our Applicants' pages.

If you are an international student, visit our international students section.

What are my career prospects?

Being a writer takes a lot of trial and error. But, once you graduate, you’ll be equipped with the know-how to get your work published and read by a commercial audience. We make sure that you know about the entire scope of publishing and the many different areas that you can fall into. If you love grammar and being a stickler, you can start a career as a proof reader or as a copy editor. If you find that you have a flair for persuasion, you can try being a copywriter. Wherever there are words to be written, you’ll find a job.

Throughout the course, there are sessions with visiting professionals. Some of these will be delivered in traditional master classes, while others will be online seminar conversations. These contacts and connections will help you prepare for a career in the writing and publishing industry as a multi-skilled professional.

How will you help me prepare for my future career?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders.

We run work placements for our students, giving you the opportunity to develop your skills in a work background. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.