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Writing Cardiff: Inspiration and the City

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Are you interested in the relationship between writing and place?

Would you like to explore how writing about place shapes our own sense of history, belonging, and identity?

This is a practical creative writing course, taught by a specialist in Welsh Writing in English, which is taught partly in the classroom and partly through visiting various sites in Cardiff, including Bute Park, Cardiff Bay, and the museum.

You will consider the role of cityscape, art, national identity, and nature as creative writing prompts, while exploring the role of literature in shaping the city’s history.

Learning and teaching

The module will be delivered through ten 2-hour sessions, made up of lectures, class discussions, small group work and debates held alternatively in the classroom and in various places in the city.

Class sessions will be supplemented by resources available to students via Learning Central.

The syllabus will comprise of a variety of:

  • advanced creative writing exercises
  • reading and analysis of texts
  • tutor-led discussion
  • the sharing of student work

A full itinerary of site visits will be added to the website in the spring.

Coursework and assessment

You will be asked to undertake a creative writing portfolio, of around 1,500 words, shaped to your interests.

Advice and support will be provided for assignments and you will receive detailed feedback relating to strengths and areas for improvement on your work.

Reading suggestions

The tutor will provide a comprehensive list of reading materials prior to the course starting.

Library and computing facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University’s library and computing facilities. Find out more about using these facilities.


Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and dyslexia screening.