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English with Creative Writing

There is a long and distinguished tradition of creative writing at Queen’s, going back to the famous 'group' of the 1960s, which included such luminaries as Michael Longley, Derek Mahon, Ciaran Carson (former director of the Heaney Centre) and Seamus Heaney (a former student and lecturer in the School).

Students will be able to complement their studies in the field of English Literature and Language with a series of practice-based creative writing modules focusing on Poetry, Prose and Scriptwriting. In their final year, students on this pathway will undertake an extended dissertation in their chosen genre of creative writing and receive one-to-one guided tuition.


To pursue English with Creative Writing as an undergraduate pathway, it is important that you can already demonstrate creative ability. We therefore ask you to supply a short sample of creative writing so that we can judge your aptitude for this particular course.

For further details, see the English and Creative Writing homepage on the University's Course Finder.

Course Content

Stage One: Introduction to Creative Writing

In this module you will be introduced to the rules of good writing generally and in relation to the specific requirements of prose and poetry and scriptwriting. Throughout the module, you will study, and write work in, all three genres. The course is equally split between reading and writing (an extensive handbook of example texts is provided) and students will discuss their creative work in workshops with their tutor and fellow students. 

Stage Two: Prose, Poetry and Scriptwriting

At Stage Two, students choose TWO of the following, genre-specific modules over the course of the academic year: Creative Writing Prose, Creative Writing Poetry, and Creative Writing Scriptwriting. Each of these modules focuses in depth on a particular genre, and extends and complements the brief introduction to the genre offered at Stage One.

Stage Three: Double Creative Writing Dissertation

At Stage Three, students on the Creative Writing pathway will undertake a Double Creative Writing Dissertation over both semesters. For this Dissertation, students will write an extensive piece of creative work in the genre of their choice (prose or poetry or scriptwriting) alongside a 3,000 self-reflective commentary contextualising the creative piece. There will be one-to-one meetings with your tutor (a lecturer in Creative Writing from within the School) but work at Stage Three is mostly self-generated and directed. The Dissertation is designed to equip students for the study of Creative Writing at MA/PhD level, should they choose to pursue their Creative Writing studies after graduation.