University gets creative

A PART-TIME creative writing degree has been launched by Hull University at its Scarborough campus.

Starting in September, it will run on one evening a week.

University spokesperson Vikki Magee says: “It will be modular, meaning that over six years students will be able to build up to a full BA honours degree.

“The modules are suitable for beginner writers as well as those who have experience. The initial modules give a general introduction to how to write creatively and techniques which suit many genres and forms, from prose to poetry. Later modules allow students to specialise in, for instance, writing for the screen, writing a novel, writing short stories and developing poetry.”

Creative writing courses have been run by the universityfor several years, but this is the first time students will be able to build them up into a degree.

Carol Bell, who has taken the course, says: “It has given me a mixture of practical information, gentle guidance and individual help in developing my style. I made many new friends and had a lot of fun; I was always sorry when we had a break between modules. Encouraged by having work published in the university magazine, the Finger, and an article accepted by the Dalesman, I have had the confidence to send a short story to a women’s magazine and am at last working on the book I never thought I would be able to write.”