English Literature and Creative Writing 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

Balance the study of existing literature with developing your own writing skills across genres such as poetry, the novel, short fiction, drama and film.

Single Honours
Study abroad
Learn a language
International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: Q3W8

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Course Overview

English Literature and Creative Writing

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School of Humanities

This course enables you to study English as both a critical and a creative discipline as you explore classic and contemporary works by other writers while finding your own voice as a writer. You’ll study literature from Shakespeare to the present day, with optional modules in subjects such as medieval, post-colonial, American and Canadian literatures, and film. You’ll learn about the creative processes and compile your own portfolios of creative writing, while sharing ideas with your fellow students in a vibrant community of Keele creative writers.

There are opportunities to spend a semester or a whole additional year at a partner university – which could be in Europe, Australia, Canada or the USA. In the beautiful surroundings of Keele Hall, you can enjoy readings from an exciting range of published poets and novelists. 

What will this mean for my future?

Studying English Literature and Creative Writing at Keele will enable you to develop a wide range of both subject-specific and transferable skills. These will open up a variety of exciting possible careers, whether directly related to the subject or not. You might go into publishing, journalism, teaching, advertising, or the broadcast media. Of course, you may want to pursue a career as a published writer, whether part-time or full-time. You could also choose to go on to higher study.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Reading Literature
  • Poetry through practice
  • Becoming a Critic
  • Fiction through Practice
  • Telling Tales
  • Playing Parts

Second year

  • Creative Writing: Poetry and Prose
  • The Renaissance: Shakespeare and Beyond
  • Postwar British Fiction and Poetry
  • The Romance of Fiction
  • Alfred Hitchcock’s America
  • Victorian Performances


Third year

  • Creative Writing Portfolio
  • Dissertation
  • Pregnancy, Childbirth and Maternity in the Early Modern Period
  • Writingscapes
  • The Canadian Metropolis