BA (Hons) Creative & Professional Writing

Would you like to earn a living as a writer? Digital technology offers you, the next generation of writers, boundless opportunities for innovation in how your stories are told and enjoyed.

Designed and delivered by industry leaders, our writing degree will help you turn your creative ideas into finished pitches and professional proposals ready for publication. Whether your passion is fiction, script or stories for games and digital media our personal, supportive approach will help you become the writer you want to be.

“What we’re doing is producing multi-skilled writers and versatility is a big part of that. You can specialise in a particular area if you’re interested but I think anybody who’s joining this course would be doing it to have a wide toolset.” – David Varela, Module Leader

There’s still time to study this course in 2017.

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What we teach

As a student on our creative and professional writing degree you will learn to write fluently, refine your work and be taught the professional skills needed to write to commercial standards. You will also be expected to reflect critically on your personal development, presenting and self-appraising work individually and in groups to sharpen your critical thinking abilities.

Course Structure

Year 1: 4 modules – all compulsory

Year 2: 4 modules – all compulsory

Year 3: 2 modules – 1 compulsory and 1 optional

Compulsory modules

These have been grouped into five subject strands:

1 Creative Professional Writing

  • Foundations of Professional Writing
  • Genre Writing
  • Independent Project

2 English Literature

  • English Literature
  • Attitudes to English Literature and Language

3 The Business of Publishing

  • Historical Development of the Media and Publishing Business
  • Reading and Writing in the Connected Age

4 The Craft of Writing

  • Writing in Practice
  • The Art of Writing

5 Additional Module Options

  • The Business of Writing
  • Creative Non-Fiction
  • Creating Multi and New Media Text
  • Creative Industry Entrepreneurship

Entry Criteria

A minimum of 2 A-level passes or the equivalent however typical offers tend to be higher. Complete information is is available here on our entry criteria.

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Why choose us

  • Personal, friendly environment
  • Course you can customise
  • Industry-leading professional tutors
  • One to one tutor support
  • Small class sizes
  • Study in the heart of creative London
  • Superb facilities and resources
  • Unique opportunities to collaborate with software and music students to develop cutting edge digital projects, games, and cross platform interactive narratives
  • Lifelong friends and professional contacts

“What’s exciting about this course is the personalisation. You’re not joining a campus of 2,000 people. Being a writer is such a personal experience… one to one – that’s exactly what you’ll get here.” – KT Forster, Programme Leader

Extra activities

As a writing student at LCCM you will benefit from exciting opportunities both within the programme structure and beyond – including guest lectures from leading exponents in the field, along with masterclass events.

Unique access to work placements and relevant professional networks linking student practice to the profession.

“What excites me the most about the course is the module I’ve written (English Literature) as it’s very much based in London. I’m looking forward to going out in town with the students so they can ground themselves within the cultural history of the capital, because the college is embedded in a particular area of South London where we can explore. We can look at Dickens, Mary Shelley, Wolstencroft… and having that local history knowledge really brings what could be quite dusty old texts to life. Having the freedom to do that is different to a university where I’d be teaching 300-400 students a week and wouldn’t have any kind of freedom to really explore the urban side of writing.” – Oliver Gilbert, Module Leader

What you can do

  • Blogger and vlogger
  • Content writer
  • Film or TV scriptwriter
  • Freelance or published author
  • Games writer
  • In-house commercial writer
  • Journalist
  • Literary or creative project manager
  • Magazine or book editor
  • Marketing communications manager
  • Publisher
  • Teacher

“What this course is going to do is teach people how not to just work for themselves but work for an audience and how to collaborate creatively in all kinds of media as a professional writer… then ultimately we’re going to be getting into education, lecturing and workshops, and passing these skills on because I think they’re really important.” – David Varela, Module Leader

Writing course tutors

As a creative and professional writing degree student at LCCM you will be taught by a team of specialist industry-based professionals, for example:

  • KT Forster, literary agent and media consultant – former MD of Virgin Books, advising on all aspects of writing, authorship and the book publishing industry;
  • David Varela, expert in stories for games, theatre, radio, TV and VR;
  • Oliver Gilbert, writer, music journalist, and cultural media and creative industries writing tutor;
  • Jenny Parrott, news journalist and crime reporter, before becoming a publisher, commissioning editor and author, Jenny has also lectured in creative writing and been a speaker at many literary festivals;
  • Tim Whiting, Publisher at Little Brown Publishers – an industry professional specialising in general non-fiction and specialist genre non-fiction;
  • Jane Gregory, literary agent and an industry leader in women’s crime fiction, founder of the Orange Prize for Women’s Fiction;
  • Mark Lewisohn, author, Mark is a world leading authority on The Beatles and award winning bestselling author;
  • Matt Allen, author – leading UK and bestselling ghostwriter, specialising in sports and non fiction genres;
  • Jaime Marshall, academic publisher and ex CEO of Palgrave Macmillan, a leading international academic publisher;
  • Andrew S. Walsh, award winning games writer who has been a writer, designer, director and story consultant;
  • Nigel Dobbyn, illustrator and comic strip producer with experience in digital design

Looking for practical tips and advice on your writing? For an idea of what you’ll cover on the course, watch our collection of writing tips from the experts:

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