Literary Writing

Literary Writing

Course summary

The bilingual course of study enables German and French-speaking students to deal intensively and in a focused manner with literary production and communication in their own language and to study with writers using the other language.

The course focuses on text production. Production also includes text communication comprising media production (books, staging, performance), distribution (market, network) and reception (encounter with critics and the public). In addition, reading, theoretical reflection on language, literature and their links with other art forms are important elements of this course.

The course permits in-depth study of various specific fields such as narrative or screen writing, extensive techniques such as experimental or digital writing, translation and the communication of literature (literary criticism). After graduation, students are qualified for authorship, literary communication, book production activities and the organisation of cultural projects.  


Title / QualificationBachelor of Arts in Literary Writing
Main study subjects/ specialisations
  • Literary translation
  • Literature communication
Program study options Full-time
Language(s) of instruction German / French
Campus(es) Biel and Bern
Professional qualification yes
Course begins Week 38
Deadline for applicationsApplication deadline for the Bachelor program
Subsequent master programMaster of Arts in Theatre

Master of Arts in Contemporary Arts Practice

Special featuresThis course is the only one of its kind at a Swiss university of applied sciences.


The title Bachelor of Arts in Literary Writing allows independent work as an author e.g. in writing for the theatre, prose, poetry, new media, spoken wo etc. Specialisations in the fields of literary education and literary translation are also possible. The title also qualifies one for further master-level study.
Aside from the independent creation of literary texts, the degree programme in Literary Writing makes various activities in the literary, communication and cultural sectors possible. Some examples are: lectorship; organisation and/or hosting of literary events; editing for newspapers, radio or television; translation; dramaturgy etc. Students develop the methods and intellectual capacity needed to meet the requirements of independent artistic work and the professional literary world. 

The education in literary writing can be continued and developed within the framework of the Master of Arts in Contemporary Arts Practice.

Detailed information

BA Literary Writing

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Head of degree programme

Marie Caffari

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