The 21st Century Writer

Led by your own interests, this module will give you the opportunity to enhance your knowledge of commercial and independent publishing, community writing and online publishing.

You will contact and engage with an external organisation, person or literary context and then reflect on your creative writing in relation to this ‘world’ experience - you will be encouraged to expand your reflections to include wider social, cultural and economic issues.

The module enables you to develop skills that include presenting yourself professionally in a literary, creative or cultural industry context and the means to assess the criteria for literary awards and competitions. You’ll also enhance your knowledge of community writing settings and the role of funding.

Typically, there are fortnightly presentations on aspects of the writing industries and various ‘writing worlds’, which will be interspersed with seminar discussion of your projects or placements, including suggestions for further reading or background research.

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