Exeter College

FdA Creative and Professional Writing

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Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • EXCE401 Research for Writers

      An introduction to the professional writing industry considering specialist markets for professional writing, key terminology in freelance writing and creative briefs. Students will learn about the current commercial demands and trends of the industry. Students will learn how to research, pitch and develop copy in response to live briefs and will learn how to communicate effectively and present a pitch to employers.

    • EXCE402 Reading for Writers: The Self

      Exploring and analysing the process of projecting the self through text, and examining the relationship between writing and selfhood through a critical consideration of writers on writing, autobiographical writing, poetic and fictional personas and how reading influences the writer¿s practice. Students will develop the critical vocabulary needed to engage with texts analytically and will consider their own writing voice.

    • EXCE403 Short Fiction

      This module introduces fiction writing through a focus on short forms (short stories, one-act plays, short poetic forms and flash fiction) encouraging students to be inventive. Key aspects of the craft of writing in a compressed form will be studied along with the skills to engage with one¿s audience. Students will critically evaluate the work of others and learn to respond to constructive criticism. They will also be required to identify a range writers¿ platforms which could be utilised to increase the visibility of their work.

    • EXCE404 Writing the Region: Professional Partnerships

      Students will explore non-fiction writing using the region as a stimulus. They will examine how their professional writing can engage with a regional environment and develop their ability and confidence as writers of creative non-fiction, experimenting with form and voice. They will gain an understanding of the ways in which a variety of forms are generated and crafted in print and digitally, working individually and in collaboration with others and create their own opportunities for publication.

    • EXCE405 Writing for a Digital Age

      What does it mean to be a writer in the 21st century? This module focuses on the practical application of how digital technology has impacted on writing professionally, by exploring emerging forms and styles, as well as new opportunities and routes to publication. The ways in which writers can self-promote and market their work through various social and digital platforms will also be investigated.

    • EXCE406 Building a Portfolio 1

      This module focuses on the development of a portfolio of work, demonstrating expertise in writing for a chosen form with a clear context for professional payment. Students will be required to produce and present their writing, based on individually agreed targets, requiring direct involvement in the professional world.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • EXCE501 Writing for Performance

      This module encourages students to consider the different media through which audiences will engage with their writing and will require students to produce a performance piece. Students will have the opportunity to work in a variety of forms, including poetry, prose, and scriptwriting for the radio, stage or TV/film. They will then choose a form to specialise in, upon discussion with their tutors, considering the impact of performance on the construction of their work.

    • EXCE502 Women and the Novel

      A thematic approach to the role of gender in reading and writing the novel through exploring women as readers and consumers of the novel, representations of women within the novel from the 18th century to the present day and women as novelists. Students will consider the art of creating effective female characters and voices within the novel form, and the demands of specific markets for female readers such as the romantic novel.

    • EXCE503 The Writer's Journey

      This module focuses on the investigation of how a professional writer makes the journey from amateur hobbyist to professional practitioner. Students will be required to study a range of different routes through to successful employment/self-employment, and explore the career trajectory of an individually selected writer as a case study.

    • EXCE504 Text and Transgression

      This module will take a thematic approach to exploring the relationship between literature and social taboo. The module will focus on works of fiction which have challenged the writer, the reader and the publisher in addressing transgressive themes and the inherent responsibilities and liabilities in creative work that engages with social issues and controversies.

    • EXCE505 Writing for Children & Young Adults

      What are the opportunities in children's publishing? This module focuses on the exciting and changing area of children's fiction, with a brief exploration of classic children's texts, while keeping its main focus on the contemporary market. The module will explore emerging forms and styles, as well as routes to publication. A wide range of texts will be studied, concentrating on the market for 11-18 years.

    • EXCE506 Building a Portfolio 2

      Building on students¿ independent work from the first year, this module focuses on the development of a portfolio of work, demonstrating further expertise in writing for a chosen form with a clear context for professional payment and focus on publication. Students will be required to produce and present their writing for submission, complete with accompanying materials, based on individually agreed targets. This module will therefore focus on direct preparation for paid writing opportunities.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.



Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

*Your progression route application must be submitted by 28th November 2016.

Our partnership with Exeter College

Plymouth University has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by Plymouth University. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

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