Cardiff Metropolitan University

United Kingdom

Residential program

We trace our history back to 1865, when the School of Art first opened in the Old Free Library in Cardiff. Since we developed into a university, we have remained rooted in Wales while providing practice-focused and professionally oriented education to students from around the globe. Our vision emboldens this commitment to education, research and innovation undertaken in partnership with our students, governments, business and industry and with tangible benefits for individuals, society and the economy. We are committed to ensuring that every student fulfils their potential to make outstanding graduate-level contributions to their own and future generations.


Contact Information

Cardiff School of Education
Cyncoed Road
Cardiff, Wales
United Kingdom
CF23 6XD
Phone: +44 2920 205839
Email: knorth@cardiffmet.ac.uk
http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/study/Pages/default.aspx



DEGREE PROGRAMS

Undergraduate Program Director

Meryl Hopwood
Ms
Cardiff School of Education
Cyncoed Rd
Cardiff
United Kingdom
CF23 6XD
Email: mhopwood@cardiffmet.ac.uk
URL: http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/education/staff/Pages/Meryl-Hopwood.aspx

The study of Creative Writing at Cardiff Met forms part of the BA Humanities and Education Joint Honours programme within the Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy.

The Creative Writing element of your degree will develop your thinking through textual and practical exploration, and equip you with a wide variety of writing skills and methodologies in relation to different genres (fiction, poetry, scriptwriting, non-fiction, etc.).

You will be encouraged to consider textual influence and experiment with different styles. At the core of the degree is your development as a writer and the honing of skills that you can use to find jobs in a variety of creative industries such as publishing, journalism and marketing.

You'll cultivate your individual voice and writing style through revision and editing, and share your writing and thinking with your fellow students in a supportive and evaluative environment. We encourage and support our students to seek publication and to develop a writing portfolio for prospective employers.

The study of English at Cardiff Met forms part of the BA Humanities and Education Joint Honours programme? within the Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy.

The subject will engage with your enthusiasm for reading and literature and introduce you to advanced critical thinking in the form of theoretical practice. You will analyse a wide range of texts (including film and digital narratives) to explore the cutting edge of English as well as its canonical texts.?

A mixture of thematic and chronological modules ensures a good grounding in genre, context and period. You will challenge assumptions about the production of narratives and their relationship to questions of authority and identity. The degree has a strong contemporary focus and provides highly valued employability skills.

Modules are taught by a research active team who have research interests in Romanticism, Modernist and Contemporary Literature, gender and sexuality, women's writing, and children's literature.

https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/education/courses/Pages/BA-Creative-Writing-Joint-Honours.aspx

Type of Program: Research/Theory/Studio
Largest Class Size: 140
Smallest Class Size: 10
Genres: Fiction, Professional Writing (technical writing, PR, etc.), Criticism & Theory, Writing for Children, Screenwriting, Playwriting, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Popular/Genre Fiction
Tuition Contact: intadmissions@cardiffmet.ac.uk for more
Duration of Study: 3 years
Unit of Measure: Hours
Other Requirements: 120 Credits each year
Application Requirements: Other

Undergraduate Program Director

Meryl Hopwood
Ms
Cardiff School of Education
Cyncoed Rd
Cardiff
United Kingdom
CF23 6XD
Email: mhopwood@cardiffmet.ac.uk
URL: http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/education/staff/Pages/Meryl-Hopwood.aspx

T??he study of Creative Writing at Cardiff Met forms part of the ?BA Humanities and Education Joint Honours programme? within?? the Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy.?

The Creative Writing element of your degree will develop your thinking through textual and practical exploration, and equip you with a wide variety of writing skills and methodologies in relation to different genres (fiction, poetry, scriptwriting, non-fiction, etc.).

You will be encouraged to consider textual influence and experiment with different styles. At the core of the degree is your development as a writer and the honing of skills that you can use to find jobs in a variety of creative industries such as publishing, journalism and marketing.

You'll cultivate your individual voice and writing style through revision and editing, and share your writing and thinking with your fellow students in a supportive and evaluative environment. We encourage and support our students to seek publication and to develop a writing portfolio for prospective employers.

The Drama side of the de?gree introduces you to a range of theatre genres, playwrights and practitioners using both textual and practical exploration. You will be encouraged to consider the influences from which theatre is made, experiment with performance styles and analyse theatre practice. In addition you have the opportunity to develop your own skills as a theatre maker, as both performer and director.

You will also explore how drama can be applied to a range of community and educational settings, which will complement your work-based placement in year two.?

For more information: https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/education/courses/Pages/BA-Drama-Joint-Honours.aspx

Type of Program: Research/Theory/Studio
Largest Class Size: 25
Smallest Class Size: 5
Genres: Fiction, Professional Writing (technical writing, PR, etc.), Criticism & Theory, Writing for Children, Playwriting, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Popular/Genre Fiction
Tuition https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/education/courses/Pag
Duration of Study: 3 years
Unit of Measure: Hours
Application Requirements: Other

Undergraduate Program Director

Meryl Hopwood
Ms
Cardiff School of Education
Cyncoed Rd
Cardiff
United Kingdom
CF23 6XD
Email: mhopwood@cardiffmet.ac.uk
URL: http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/education/staff/Pages/Meryl-Hopwood.aspx

The study of Creative Writing at Cardiff Met forms part of the BA Humanities and Education Joint Honours programme within the Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy.

The Creative Writing element of your degree will develop your thinking through textual and practical exploration, and equip you with a wide variety of writing skills and methodologies in relation to different genres (fiction, poetry, scriptwriting, non-fiction, etc.).

You will be encouraged to consider textual influence and experiment with different styles. At the core of the degree is your development as a writer and the honing of skills that you can use to find jobs in a variety of creative industries such as publishing, journalism and marketing.

You'll cultivate your individual voice and writing style through revision and editing, and share your writing and thinking with your fellow students in a supportive and evaluative environment. We encourage and support our students to seek publication and to develop a writing portfolio for prospective employers.

The study of Media at Cardiff Met forms part of the BA Humanities and Education Joint Honours programme within the Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy.

The subject combines theoretical analysis of media, such as film, TV and digital media with practical skills in digital media, media writing and journalism, with particular focus given to 'specialist journalism', such as film, music, fashion and sports journalism.

Taught by academic staff who are current practitioners and researchers, this distinctive degree subject also has a strong employability focus allowing students to combine theoretical perspectives with practical vocational skills. Students will graduate with strong communication and analytical skills that are highly valued in today’s employment market. These skills are reinforced by work placements.

Type of Program: Research/Theory/Studio
Largest Class Size: 30
Smallest Class Size: 10
Genres: Fiction, Professional Writing (technical writing, PR, etc.), Criticism & Theory, Screenwriting, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Popular/Genre Fiction
Duration of Study: 3 years
Unit of Measure: Hours
Application Requirements: Other

Graduate Program Director

Kate North
Dr
Cardiff School of Education
Cyncoed Rd
Cardiff
United Kingdom
CF23 6XD
Email: knorth@cardiffmet.ac.uk
URL: http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/education/staff/Pages/Dr-Kate-North.aspx

Our PhD programmes are delivered over three years full time or six years part time. We offer supervision in following areas: fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, writing process and theory.

Interdisciplinary PhDs in English Literature and Creative Writing are also offered. The following fields of expertise are available for PhD supervision in English Literature: Romanticism, Victorian Literature, Modernism, Contemporary Fiction, Poetry and Creative Non-fiction and Feminist Literature.

Students are allocated a Director of Studies in their field and tuition is delivered through individual tutorials. There is a growing research culture at Cardiff Metropolitan University and resident students have access to office facilities at the Cardiff School of Education Research House. PhD students will also be invited to attend and deliver papers at our weekly research seminars. Students will have access to on-going skills training and support.

Type of Program: Research/Theory/Studio
Genres: Fiction, Professional Writing (technical writing, PR, etc.), Criticism & Theory, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Popular/Genre Fiction
Duration of Study: 3 years
Unit of Measure: Hours
Other Requirements: Thesis of 100,000 words in length although this can vary with creative dissertations. A typical thesis would consist of the creative work and a 20,000 word reflective commentary
Application Requirements: Transcripts, Writing Sample, Application Form, Letters of Recommendation, Cover Letter, Other

Graduate Program Director

Kate North
Dr
Cardiff School of Education
Cyncoed Rd
Cardiff
United Kingdom
CF23 6XD
Email: knorth@cardiffmet.ac.uk
URL: http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/education/staff/Pages/Dr-Kate-North.aspx

Our PhD programmes are delivered over three years full time or five years part time. We offer supervision in following areas: Romanticism, Victorian Literature, Modernism, Contemporary Fiction, Poetry and Creative Non-fiction and Feminist Literature.

Interdisciplinary PhDs in English Literature and Creative Writing are also offered. The following fields of expertise are available for PhD supervision in Creative Writing: fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, writing process and theory.

Students are allocated a Director of Studies in their field and tuition is delivered through individual tutorials. There is a growing research culture at Cardiff Metropolitan University and resident students have access to office facilities at the Cardiff School of Education Research House. PhD students will also be invited to attend and deliver papers at our weekly research seminars. Students will have access to on-going skills training and support.

Type of Program: Research/Theory/Studio
Genres: Criticism & Theory
Duration of Study: 3 years
Unit of Measure: Hours
Other Requirements: Thesis of 100,000 words (maximum) in length although this can vary with creative dissertations.
Application Requirements: Transcripts, Writing Sample, Application Form, Letters of Recommendation, Cover Letter

Graduate Program Director

Kate North
Dr
Cardiff School of Education
Cyncoed Rd
Cardiff
United Kingdom
CF23 6XD
Email: knorth@cardiffmet.ac.uk
URL: http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/education/staff/Pages/Dr-Kate-North.aspx

MA Creative Writing is a rewarding taught degree taught by published writers and researchers. The course is aimed to support you while you develop and hone your creative and critical writing skills across the fields of fiction, creative non-fiction, script and poetry. You can take our MA for professional development purposes, in order to enhance your career and to prepare your writing for publication. The MA will also help you specialise in the areas of creative practice in order to pave the way for doctoral study.

Our modules are delivered over one year full time or two years part time. This content is indicative and subject to alteration.

Creative Writing Workshop 1: Narrative Engineering and Construction

This module aims to:

provide students with a detailed understanding of the approaches and techniques associated with a well-established fictional form – the short story - and to understand the development of that form in the context of the culture of consumerism and literary criticism; enable students to critically engage and experiment with diverse forms, including scriptwriting, digital media, genre writing, children's fiction, collaboration, writing for performance and poetry; to enhance student's critical skills and develop individual's creative practice through weekly workshops focussing on new writing and feedback; to develop student's understanding of the role of structure, form, genre, media and markets in the context of individual creative practice; to contextualise an entrepreneurial approach to creative writing in relation to literary criticism and market conditions; to demonstrate industry-relevant creative skills and techniques, confirming that they can succeed in competitive and diverse markets for innovative fiction;

On this module students will respond to the challenges associated with creating new and innovative work within an established literary field – the short story:create new narrative fiction, exploring, creatively, media, form, language and presentation; develop productive practices for self-reflection, giving and receiving feedback; deploy literary analytical skills, research skills and advanced scholarship; apply self-direction and autonomy in planning and implementing their own creative outputs; use research and team skills, including collaborative team and group work; exercise initiative and personal responsibility.

Creative Writing Workshop 2: Developing poetics, growing the text

This module aims to:

provide students with a detailed grasp of the approaches and techniques associated with longer, sustained forms of writing such as the short story sequence/collection, the poetry sequence/pamphlet, the short (screen)/play, digital fiction sequence; provide students with opportunities to analyse and critically examine texts and concepts, including each other's; provide students with opportunities to develop their own writing skills through task driven workshops, exercises and assessment; provide students with opportunities to explore and develop the theory and approaches explored in the research methods module of the MA

Through this module, students will:

Demonstrate a developed and systematic understanding of the longer writing forms and their theoretical development; demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques and methodologies in creative writing practice; address their own writing abilities and (self) reflect on their writing and that of others; synthesise with critical awareness information in a manner that may be innovative; critically evaluate research and advanced scholarship; demonstrate self-direction and autonomy in planning and implementing their own creative outputs; exercise initiative and personal responsibility

"Juvenile Trash": Rethinking Genre Fiction

In this module you will evaluate the aesthetics and politics of genre fiction. You will critically analyse, and/or write within, a selection of genres, including fantasy, science fiction, speculative fiction, crime fiction, historical fiction, romance, and children's literature. You will engage with recent scholarship on these genres also.

Space, Environment and Modernity

In this module you will

· examine how literature reflects and shapes the way we see the landscape and the environment; Consider literature's responsibility for the production of concepts of the countryside and the city from the early nineteenth century to the contemporary

· engage with pre- and post-1900 literary works that cover a broad historical range of spaces and landscapes;

· examine the interrelation of aesthetic, cultural and social practices in representations of the landscape and the environment;

· analyse intellectual, cultural, historical and sociological pressures underlying the various responses to the landscape and the environment.

Dissertation

· The Dissertation module provides students with the opportunity to undertake a sustained, rigorous and independent investigation of a specialised topic in their chosen discipline area within the contexts of creative writing.

Type of Program: Studio
Largest Class Size: 20
Smallest Class Size: 5
Genres: Fiction, Professional Writing (technical writing, PR, etc.), Criticism & Theory, Writing for Children, Screenwriting, Playwriting, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Popular/Genre Fiction
Duration of Study: 1 year
Unit of Measure: Credits
Application Requirements: Transcripts, Writing Sample, Application Form, Letters of Recommendation, Cover Letter, Other

Graduate Program Director

Kate North
Dr
Cardiff School of Education
Cyncoed Rd
Cardiff
United Kingdom
CF23 6XD
Email: knorth@cardiffmet.ac.uk
URL: http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/education/staff/Pages/Dr-Kate-North.aspx

MA English Literature and Creative Writing is a rewarding taught degree taught by published writers and researchers. The course is aimed to support you while you develop and hone your creative and critical writing skills across the fields of fiction, creative non-fiction, script and poetry. You can take our MA for professional development purposes, in order to enhance your career and to prepare your writing for publication. The MA will also help you specialise in the areas of creative practice in order to pave the way for doctoral study.

We have expertise across a number of fields and our academic community is vibrant and dynamic with strong industry links.

Find course content information here: https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/education/courses/Pages/English-and-Creative-Writing---MA.aspx

Type of Program: Research/Theory/Studio
Largest Class Size: 5
Smallest Class Size: 20
Genres: Fiction, Professional Writing (technical writing, PR, etc.), Criticism & Theory, Writing for Children, Screenwriting, Playwriting, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Popular/Genre Fiction
Duration of Study: 1 year
Unit of Measure: Credits
Application Requirements: Transcripts, Writing Sample, Application Form, Letters of Recommendation, Cover Letter, Other

Graduate Program Director

Kate North
Dr
Cardiff School of Education
Cyncoed Rd
Cardiff
United Kingdom
CF23 6XD
Email: knorth@cardiffmet.ac.uk
URL: http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/education/staff/Pages/Dr-Kate-North.aspx

The MA English Literature is a rewarding taught degree offering an exhilarating analysis of English Literature using texts from the 'long nineteenth century' to the present day.

The degree focuses on historic and contemporary textual representations of place, theorising cultural representations and practices of genre, space, history, textuality, gender and sexuality and the effect of these on constructions of identity.

The MA is taught by published researchers and writers. The course is aimed to support you while you develop and hone your critical writing and research skills, particularly in relation to literature that addresses genre, gender and sexuality, history, place and space. You can take our MA for professional development purposes, in order to enhance your career and to increase your employability in the arts and heritage sectors. The MA will also help you specialise in the areas of contemporary and historical literature in relation to pave the way for doctoral study.

We have expertise across a number of fields and our academic community is vibrant and dynamic with strong industry links.

More information on the programme content can be found here:

https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/education/courses/Pages/English---MA.aspx

Type of Program: Research/Theory/Studio
Largest Class Size: 5
Smallest Class Size: 20
Genres: Fiction, Professional Writing (technical writing, PR, etc.), Criticism & Theory, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Popular/Genre Fiction
Duration of Study: 1 year
Unit of Measure: Hours
Application Requirements: Transcripts, Writing Sample, Application Form, Letters of Recommendation, Cover Letter




FACULTY

Kate North

I write poetry and fiction and my latest collection is The Way Out (Parthian, 2018). I am also Chair of Literature Wales. I joined Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2010 where I am Programme Director for our Postgraduate Degrees in Creative Writing and English Literature. I teach at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I have research interests in writing process and theory. I am also interested in interdisciplinary applications of writing practice. I gained a BA in English from Aberystwyth University, an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at Cardiff University.

My website is www.katenorth.co.uk

@katetnorth

http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/education/staff/Pages/Dr-Kate-North.aspx


Carmen Casaliggi

Dr. Carmen Casaliggi joined Cardiff Metropolitan University in September 2008 as a Lecturer in English, having previously taught at the University of Kent, Christ Church University in Canterbury and the University of Limerick in Ireland. She teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Gothic, Romantic and Victorian literature and has supervised BA and MA dissertations on the long Nineteenth-Century.

http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/education/staff/Pages/Dr-Carmen-Casaliggi.aspx


Elizabeth English

I joined Cardiff Metropolitan University in January 2014 as Lecturer in English, having previously worked as a Visiting Lecturer at Royal Holloway and Goldsmiths, University of London. I completed my BA in English Literature, MA in Modernism and Modern Writers, and Phd in English Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London. My postgraduate degrees were both undertaken with the aid of AHRB and AHRC funding.

My doctoral research was completed in 2011 and focussed on the relationship between popular cultural forms and lesbian literature in relation to British literary censorship in the early twentieth-century. My first monograph based upon this research is forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press in November 2014 and is titled Lesbian Modernism: Censorship, Sexuality and Genre Fiction. I have also published book chapters on Katharine Burdekin’s speculative fiction and on the work of Alan Hollinghurst. My main research specialisms are modernism and twentieth-century women’s writing, with an emphasis on the representation of sexuality and gender. I am particularly interested in these areas in relation to the question of cultural hierarchies.

My next project on modernism, journalism and gender develops these interests further through its consideration of women who doubled as writers of innovative literature and journalistic reportage.

I welcome expressions of interest for PhD research in the above areas.

http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/education/staff/Pages/Dr-Elizabeth-English.aspx


Dan Anthony

I began writing jokes and sketches for Radio 4 in the last century. Through writing radio drama and writing and directing my own sit coms, dramas and documentaries for BBC radio I developed in interested in narrative story telling. After working as a scriptwriter for CBBC's Tracy Beaker show I developed and wrote children's stories and books of my own. I teach creative writing here at Cardiff Metropolitan University and run workshops for school on reading, writing and creativity throughout the country.

I run workshops on creativity and creative writing for schools, colleges and corporate organisations. My increasing interest in creativity and its role in culture led me to take, in 2010, an MA in the teaching and practice of Creative Writing at Cardiff University where I am currently working on my PhD in Creative Writing.

http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/education/staff/Pages/Dan-Anthony.aspx


Lucy Windridge


Christina Thatcher

Christina Thatcher joined Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2018 as a Creative Writing Lecturer. Her current research explores how creative writing can impact the lives of people bereaved by addiction. Christina keeps busy off campus too as the Poetry Editor for The Cardiff Review and as a freelance workshop facilitator and festival coordinator.

Shortlisted for the Bare Fiction Debut Poetry Collection Competition in 2015 and a winner in the Terry Hetherington Award for Young Writers in 2016, Christina’s poetry and short stories have featured in over 40 publications including The London Magazine, Planet Magazine, Acumen and The Interpreter’s House. Her first collection, More than you were, was published by Parthian Books in 2017.

To learn more about Thatcher’s work visit her website: https://christinathatcher.com or follow her on Twitter: @writetoempower.

https://christinathatcher.com/





COMMUNITY

Practising writers, editors and other relevant arts professionals often visit to give talks to our Creative Writing students. Here is a selection of our recent visiting speakers:

Jane Dauncey: TV Drama

Jane is an experienced Executive and Series Producer. She has a strong track record of working in drama series, comedy drama, singles and children's drama. She has produced award-winning for the BBC, Channel 4, SKY and ITV and has filmed all over the UK as well as Russia, Cambodia and Bulgaria. She has also headed up an independent production company - Machin Productions.

Meirion Davies: book and multi-platform publishing

Meirion is Head of Publishing at Gomer Press. He was Head of Content at S4C and has a backround in commissioning, production and writing. His experience as a creative commissioner and publisher gives him invaluable insight for new writers.

Megan Farr - Marketing Fiction

Passionate about promoting literature, many has many year's experience in a variety of PR and marketing, communications and project manager roles in publishing and for literary charities, successfully promoting writers and illustrators to different audiences. Megan's clients include New Welsh Review, The Welsh Books Council, Literature Wales, Honno, Gomer and Firefly Press. She has previously worked for the Book Trust and YA publishers Hot Key Books, Macmillan Children's Books, Little Tiger Press and Barefoot Books.

Clive Flowers - writing and producing documentaries

Clive's fortes are skilful storytelling, strong visuals and, as a former actor, directing on-screen talent. Over the past twenty years Clive has made drama-documentaries, specialist factual, arts, history and obs docs.

Other writing industry professionals who have given talks to our students in recent years are:

Rachel Trezise (fiction writer)

Susie Wild (poet and fiction writer and editor at Parthian Books)

Jon Gower (fiction and non-fiction writer, producer)

Amy Wack (poetry Editor for Seren Books)

Rhian Edwards (poet)

Patrick McGuiness (poet, fiction and creative non-fiction)

Rob Lewis (crime writer and journalist)

Alastair Reynolds (science fiction writer)