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Creative writing focuses on learning original writing techniques in order to effectively reveal the artistic expressions and inner feelings of the author and convey the intended message to the reader. Creative writing educates students on basic elements of fiction, as well as the importance of character, scene and plot. Creative writing is strongly connected with the disciplines of literature, philosophy and communications.

Creative writing can be separated in sub-disciplines like screen writing, playwriting, poetry, songs, memoirs, and more.

Students of creative writing programmes will get the chance to gain insight into writing standards and conventions. They will learn how to read and understand an essay, as well as how to use source material for writing original content. In addition, future creative writers will develop their skills in expressing creatively, develop their art of characterisation, and discover the secrets of writing a successful short story.

Programmes in creative writing also help students to develop their individual writing and self-editing skills for any form of writing creation and to obtain an understanding of the history of fiction and non-fiction writing. Creative writing helps students expand imagination, creativity, originality and written communication skills.

Graduates can find jobs in the field as fiction writers, play writers, screenwriters, song writers (lyricists), columnists, bloggers, and more.

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Ph.D. Creative Writing (On-Campus or By Distance Learning)

The PhD in Creative Writing (On-Campus or By Distance Learning) from the University of Birmingham aims to support you in the development of a long-form piece of creative writing (for example, a novel or a script), or a sequence of related works (poems and short stories). You will be working in an environment which supports and encourages the development of craft and participation within a community of writers and scholars.

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Ph.D. Creative Writing

Cardiff was one of the first universities in the UK to offer a PhD in Creative Writing, and over two decades we have prepared graduates for careers as writers and in the publishing industry.

United Kingdom