Take an active role in literature with a creative writing degree from the University of Reading.
We offer a number of joint courses that pair creative writing with complementary subjects, including
film, theatre and television.
No matter which course you choose, you will learn from prize-winning authors and visiting writers as you explore fiction, drama, poetry and creative-non-fiction.
In your final year of study, you will also have the opportunity to specialise in either prose or poetry through one of our creative writing masterclass modules. In these advanced modules you will read and discuss recently published texts, identify and write about the themes that are currently popular, and pursue publication yourself.
Creative writing studies at Reading are hosted by our Department of English Literature, a research-active academic community with access to superb resources and literary treasures. Our Department’s focus on student success is highlighted in the most recent Graduate Outcomes Survey, 2018/19, which found 91% of our first degree and other English literature graduates were in work or further study within 15 months of graduating. We are ranked 19th in the UK for English and Creative Writing in the Guardian Best UK Universities Guide 2022.
Your learning environment
Our creative writing lectures concentrate on specific, practical issues, such as how to construct a character, or how to write historical fiction.
You will be assigned novels, short stories or poems to read beforehand, and your lecturer will draw examples from these to illustrate their advice.
We are committed to teaching through the workshop model. These small group sessions are the heart of Reading’s writing community: guided by one of our lecturers, you and your fellow students will gain confidence as your share your writing and help each other improve through practical writing exercises.
You will also have the opportunity to publish your work – and gain experience in editing and publishing – by participating in our annual Creative Writing Anthology.