Our Creative Writing course was established in the year 2000 and was one of the first BA single honours in Creative Writing in the country.
Over the years we have developed into a course that values the input and individuality of our students. We are to help and support you in developing your skills in, and understanding of, creative writing.
Our openness towards innovative and genre writing, with our specialisms in writing horror, fantasy and experimental writing, makes our course exciting and just a little different.
When you join the Creative Writing course you enter a community of committed writers, both students and lecturers, who will support you as you develop your own direction in creative writing.
Study Creative Writing at Bedfordshire and you will learn from experienced writers, academics, research students and alumni who present readings, seminars and workshops.
They come from a variety of backgrounds, in fantasy and horror, in innovative writing, and in multimedia, cross-media, web-based and performance writing. You will have the opportunity to work in all of these areas and more.
In addition to School-wide facilities shared with other courses we also have:
While studying creative writing at the School of Culture and Communications you will have lots of opportunities to produce and perform your work, building your confidence and your portfolio.
You can see work from our students in the Creative Writing Anthology 2019/20.
And here is an example of one of our students' visual work.
In three of the past four academic years, the course has received a 100% overall rating in the NSS (National Student Survey).
We are currently ranked 12th in the 2020 Good University Guide Creative Writing League Table.
The course is participating in the PN Review Creative Writing Prize, an annual prize offered for three consecutive years, awarded for academic excellence in creative writing. The prize will be awarded to the highest achieving student in the third year of the course.
The winner of the PN Review Creative Writing Prize will receive a free one-year subscription to PN Review, a copy of the most recent New Poetries anthology (together worth more than £50) and will be listed in PN Review. Winners will have the opportunity to pitch for the PNRblog/Carcanet blog and will be invited to submit work for the magazine.
Over the years a variety of writers have presented seminars, talks, workshops and readings, including poets John Hegley, Lawrence Upton, David Miller, fiction writer Mike French (with illustrator Karl Brown), US fiction-writer and editor Lou Rowan, and poet Holly Pester (Holly subsequently worked as a visiting lecturer for a year).
In November 2017, we held the Edge Poetics conference on genre and innovative practice, where speakers included Professor Robert Sheppard, fiction writer Nicholas Royle, and weird fiction writer Helen Marshall.
Children’s Literature Marketing Manager for MacMillan, Kat McKenna, has presented talks on the publishing industry.
In 2019, our BedsTalk programme was organised by our scriptwriting lecturer, Toby Norways, and featured Greer Taylor Ellison, Head of Development - Blue Shadows Films; Merlin Merton, Producer /CEO - Blue Shadows Film; Martin Gooch – Director, Writer, Producer, and Director of Photography; and Benjamin Cyrus-Clark – Director, Bute Street Film Festival.
Gary Budden, writer, and publisher of Influx Press, gave a talk on small press publishing and his own work in 2019.
We will encourage you to broaden your experience across a range of extracurricular activities, to build your portfolio and multiply your opportunities for the future. These include:
Our annual degree show allows you to showcase work that you have created in your final year to a wider audience of fellow students, staff, members of the public and creative professionals. The event for this takes place at The Hat Factory Arts Centre in Luton
As a creative writing graduate of the School of Culture and Communications, you will join a growing band of former students who have gone on to have successful careers in the creative industries.
Evaldas is one half of No Pun Included, a board games Youtube review channel, subject of a recent successful Kickstarter campaign to allow it from a hobby to a professional enterprise.
Clive Gresswell is a published author. Clive has published two collections of poetry with Knives, Forks and Spoons. Jargonbusters (2018) and Rages of the Carbolic (2019), which is available from Knives Forks and Spoons.
Gemmell Award nominated Ed is a successful fantasy novelist with a trilogy The Relic Guild published by Gollancz. He also has two novellas published, along with a host of short stories, reviews, articles and poems. His latest novel is The Song of the Sycamore (2019), published by Gollancz. View his website.
Juliet Troy is a published poet. Her collection, Motherboard (2017) is available from Knives Forks and Spoons Press and she has three self-published books available online at Kindle, all well-reviewed. Her latest collection, Amnion, was published in 2020 by Knives, Forks and Spoons.
Cathy Weedon is a published poet. Her poetry collection called 1-50 was published by Blart Books (2015). This was written as the creative submission for her Masters by Research in Creative Writing at University of Bedfordshire.
In 2018 Elleesa was awarded the Irish Post’s Listowel Writers Week competition prize for he supernatural tale, ‘New Pet’. You can read her story here.