Part-time - current

Creative Writing

Certificate, Diploma and Degree* (evening)

The programme is offered by a friendly and informal unit within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences which exists solely to offer a range of programmes tailored for open-access part-time students.

It is delivered by very experienced local writers who together boast an impressive range of experience and expertise.

Suitable for anyone with both a strong desire to write and an interest in contemporary writing, the first stage of the degree, the Certificate stage, is designed for those who enjoy writing but feel that they have never really made the most of their enthusiasm.
Whether you are a relative beginner or a more experienced writer who wishes to make further progress, it will help you to become more creative.

The course consists of six modules, offering a broad introduction to creative writing. Though there is some study of literary forms, the main emphasis is on active writing for personal satisfaction and for publication. You will be encouraged to try your hand at stories, poems and life-writing and to use your writing skills to explore
your world. Typical Certificate modules include:

  • Adventures in Writing
  • Life Memory Writing
  • Routefinder
  • Creativity and Imagination
  • Genres and Techniques
  • Writing for Publication

Diploma and degree

Students who successfully complete the Certificate can continue on to the Diploma stage, and from there the final stage of the BA (Honours) Creative Writing degree.

Typical Diploma modules include:

  • Script to Screen
  • Writing Narrative
  • Short Story Writing
  • Poetry Writing
  • Writing for the Ear

Modules in the final stage typically include:

  • Writing for Live Performance
  • Writing the Novel
  • Knowing Where You Are Writing From
  • Dissertation (based on an extended writing project – 40 credits)
  • Creativity, the Writer and the Market


Two years per stage.


Classes are held at the Scarborough Campus, Filey Road, Certificate classes on Monday evenings, Diploma and Degree classes on Wednesdays, both from 7 pm to 9.30 pm.

Each module requires attendance at eight such classes plus one Saturday School, which runs from 10 am to 4 pm.


The programme starts in late September. You are advised
to apply well before this date.


Please contact the Part-Time Provision Office for details.
You may be eligible for free tuition or reduced fees.

Registration and induction

These take place in September


* Subject to full approvals.

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