Art of Writing

Do you have a book, poetry anthology or play inside you, just waiting to be written? Tony Morrison once said, “If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.” If you would like to, but don’t know where to start, this minor is for you!

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The Art of Writing minor is for anyone who wants to develop their English writing skills, their creative process and their critical thinking abilities. With courses such as Short Stories, Life writing, Poetry and Script writing, you will be challenged to learn about and try your hand at characterisation, world building, storytelling, poetry analysis, dialogue writing and much more.

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Start moment February, September
Number of ECTS 30 Dutch Education System
Programme level Minor
Programme code OA-MINAOW-20
Language of instruction English
Year of study Year 3 or 4
Practical Matters Housing and Immigration
Location Utrecht Science Park

Course content

What do you need to enter this programme? And what can you expect when you apply? In this section you'll find all you need to know!

This writing programme offers you a variety of writing modules in the English language. It’s an attractive option, if you aim to develop your English writing skills, your creative process and your critical thinking abilities. While the course Short Stories challenges you to engage in, among others, characterisation and world building, Life writing focuses on tapping into personal experiences to engage the reader. The Poetry and Script Writing modules offer insightful and practical techniques from experienced educators, which culminate in public readings and performances.

Key to every course is the exploration and analysis of writing theory, published authors and your own work. Through a series of lectures, workshops and feedback sessions, you will learn to understand contemporary literature, apply that understanding to your own practice and critically edit your work in order to clearly express your ideas and possibly even to prepare for publication.

Would you like to know more about this programme or do you have a specific question? Please contact the programme and academic coordinator, Liz Thijssen.

The programme takes place during one semester and contains the following courses:

Course unit title Course description


Short Stories Writing

Learn the fundamentals of storytelling and apply it in a fictional piece of your own making.


Life Writing

This nonfiction writing course centres on you as the storyteller. By reading and analysing published nonfiction works, you will gain the required tools to write three pieces of your own.


Poetry Writing

Explore a variety of poetry genres with our poetry experts, from love to protest poems and everything in between.


Script Writing

Study conventions for writing scripts for drama, radio, television and film, before learning to apply them. You will get the opportunity to direct and perform your piece at the Script Writing Festival.


Elective Project

You'll choose either Fiction or Nonfiction as your elective project:
Write a 10,000 word project or series of poems (if your chosen form is Poetry). You'll be guided in small groups.


Please note that the programme reflects a (logical) bundle of courses/subjects (and should normally be followed as such). By choosing this package you will have to participate in ALL the courses included, except for the choice of one Elective over another. it is not possible to combine (2 or more) programmes in one single period.

In our Course Guide you can find all relevant information about the programme in one practical document. You can download it here for your convenience.

In order to participate in this minor programme you need to present proof of good command of English (B2, C1 or C2 level) or a higher Cambridge certificate.

There are no additional requirements to enter this Minor programme.

Practical information

When you move to a different country to study, there are lots of things to arrange. For instance, where will you live, how much are the costs? Visit our practical information page to help you prepare your stay. It is also important to start arranging a living space as soon as possible. Our housing pages will help you on your way. A student living in the Netherlands needs about € 800 - 1000 a month to cover living expenses, such as housing, food and transportation. This includes insurances – health insurance is mandatory.

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Why choose HU?

  • Inspiring international setting

    HU supports your ambitions. Our lecturers will tutor and assist you in making the most of this international programme. During your time in Utrecht, you will meet students from all over the world and make connections to last a lifetime.

  • Utrecht Science Park Campus

    Studying at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht means you get to enjoy all the benefits of our modern campus, Utrecht Science Park (USP). A miniature city with the universities' buildings, student housing, restaurants, cafés, a sports centre, and much more, it enjoys excellent transport links to Utrecht and beyond.

  • Vibrant university city Utrecht

    Beautiful Utrecht has lots of young people and excellent facilities for student life. It has a mediaeval city centre which is small enough to explore by foot or bicycle. Enjoy a drink next to the quaint canals or dine in one of the converted wharf cellars.

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