Creative Writing students get tips from industry experts

If you think of yourself as a creative person and enjoy reading and writing, then a degree in Creative Writing might be the perfect course for you. Based within the highly rated Department of English, on the border of the Parkgate Road Campus in Chester, the course is taught by a dynamic team of experienced tutors, scholars, writers and editors. In this blog, you’ll gain a brief insight into the rich student experience that our students are exposed to. If you decide to study Creative Writing at Chester, you’ll notice that there’s far more going on than just your regular lectures. It’s these extra-curricular activities that that will enhance your knowledge and understanding of Creative Writing at the same time as developing a number of transferable skills. And it’s also what will help shape you into a highly employable graduate; one that will stand out in a crowded job market. But don’t just take our word for it!  If you have already applied, you can visit us on an Applicant Day and see for yourself what all the fuss is about.

Author Francesca Haig shares her publishing experience 

Author Francesca Haig

Visiting Writing Fellow and author of The Fire Sermon, Dr Francesca Haig, recently shared her experience of the writing world with useful tips and advice on how to choose a publisher and get your work published. One of the key points that Francesca stressed was the importance of the writing itself, as this counts above all else.  Francesca also advised not to become too obsessed with the latest publishing trends or trying to find the perfect agent. Instead, Francesca recommended trying to find an agent with the same vision as you for the novel you are writing. 

Students on our course thoroughly enjoyed this talk with the advice given by Francesca giving our budding creative writers an insight into how do emulate Francesca’s recent successes in the publishing world.

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Visit by Screenwriter Bill Gallagher

Screenwriter Bill Gallagher

Students were recently treated to a talk on ‘The Craft of Screenwriting’ by the acclaimed screenwriter Bill Gallagher. In addition to having several plays produced, Bill is well known for Lark Rise to Candleford, Blood and The Paradise. In his talk, Bill likened screenwriting to bricklaying and building, highlighting that structure was the key foundation to becoming a good screenwriter.

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Students published in Pandora’s Inbox

Pandora's Inbox

Students have been busy publishing their poems and short stories in Pandora's Inbox, the University's online creative writing magazine. After Easter, a selection of work will also be published in Pandora's Box, its sister print magazine. This gives students the ideal opportunity to show-off their creative writing skills and practise what they have learnt on the course. 

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Creative Writing students enjoy an open-mic night

There was a pleasing gathering of students and staff at the latest open-mic night organised by the Department of English and the student editors of Pandora's Box. These popular evenings provide students with the perfect opportunity to socialise together in the cosy surroundings of the Old Vicarage, the Department base, to read and listen to a range of poems and stories.

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If this blog has made you eager to find out more, you can visit us and see for yourself what makes Creative Writing at Chester such a special subject to study. If you have already applied and received an offer of a place to study at Chester, make sure you don’t miss your opportunity to visit us at one of our forthcoming Applicant Days. And if you have any questions, you can email us at or call 01244 513152.  You can also follow the Department on Twitter at @UoCEnglish

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