Creative Writing

Available on the Potchefstroom Campus

Creative Writing entails the writing of creative texts such as short stories, poems, children’s stories and drama texts. It is a fully fledged graduate subject and is mainly selected by students majoring in language. No specific entrance requirements are applicable to enrolment at first-year level. However, entrance to the second- and third-year levels of study is subject to selection processes. Creative Writing can generally be combined with any other language subject. The course covers both creative writing theory and practical creative writing. Approximately half the assessment marks are awarded for a student’s own original writing creations. Afrikaans is the primary target language for all modules in Creative Writing. Fluency in Afrikaans is therefore crucial in order for students to complete the modules successfully. On first-year level, study guides are made available in English as well, with interpreting services being provided in the classroom.

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Why study Creative Writing?

  • Creative Writing expands and refines your language and writing skills.
  • The skills that you learn while studying Creative Writing can contribute to your employability in a wide range of disciplines, including publishing, education, journalism, creative industries, public relations and marketing, content creation and social media.
  • Creative Writing allows you to clarify your thoughts as well as your emotions.

Course information

This subject offers wide user applications given our focus on developing creativity. In the subject of Creative Writing, we also involve ourselves with interdisciplinary creative work and other research projects. With our latest project, Byderhand, we experiment with digital tools to create digital literary work and place-specific digital literature.

Possible Career Opportunities

  • Creative writing
  • Freelance writing
  • Journalism
  • Publishing
  • Broadcasting industry
  • Scriptwriter
  • Digital storytelling library and information work
  • Language practitioner work
  • Academia & research
  • Copywriting
  • Editorial work
  • Advertising
  • Teaching (when combined with other languages and postgraduate teaching certificate/diploma)

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