Creative writing

Creative Writing in English: Creating Story Worlds

15 credits

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One of the most exciting things that literature can do is allow us to imagine worlds beyond the ones that we inhabit. Readers can be transported to ancient empires, distant galaxies or the hidden backstreets of a metropolis.

This course offers a practical view into crafting engaging and vivid story worlds. Examples of memorable fictional worlds are discussed and a range of writing exercises in world creation carried out. Students will develop a story world through constructing and editing an extended piece of writing.

Writing sample
Please note that in order to be eligible for the course, you will need to both apply via (or and send in a sample of your writing. The selection of applicants for this course will be based on the quality of the submitted writing samples.

The sample piece should be narrative fiction describing a story world, written in English, and no longer than 10 pages.

Format: Times New Roman 12, 1.5 line spacing, Word or PDF. Note that excerpts from longer texts as well as text still in progress are accepted as writing samples.

Send the text as an attached file to Deadline is 31 October 2020.

Please name the file as follows: 1EN141_Last name_First name. Also include your name and application number in the document itself.

Please note that applicants who previously registered on the course 1KS108 or 1EN140 (Creative Writing in English: the Short Story (15 credits)) do not need to send in a writing sample. Note as well that students who successfully took all 15 credits within the course 1KS108 or 1EN140 will be prioritised in the selection process for the course 1EN141.


To study on a distance education will give you different opportunities than on-campus teaching. It means that, to a large extent, you will be able to plan your studies yourself, both in terms of time and place.

However, keep in mind that most distance education includes a number of compulsory digital lectures and digital seminars during the weekdays. Some distance education also include compulsory get-togethers, for which you will have to travel to Växjö or Kalmar.

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