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Creative Writing MA: Course features

What this course offers you

If you choose to study this course, here are some of the things you can expect from the course and how it will benefit you.

  • The Creative Writing MA helps you to develop the craft of creative writing.  You will have the opportunity to develop your creative writing skills in general, or specialise in a chosen genre.
  • The creative dissertation and critical essay give you the chance to further specialise. You also study topics in:
    • current criticism;
    • theory of popular literatures; and
    • the professional elements of writing - such as copy-editing and how to get your work published.
  • You work in workshops, studying one-on-one or in small groups with experts in your chosen area. The course is taught by a combination of:
    • appointed staff – many are published authors or active researchers, which keeps your learning dynamic. Current staff include author Vesna Goldsworthy and playwright Winsome Pinnock;
    • visiting professors – such as Peter Kemp, author and literary editor of the Sunday Times, and Richard Cohen, editor;
    • writers in residence – currently Hanif Kureshi, Paul Bailey, Maggie Gee and Liz Jenson;
    • guest speakers with expertise in publishing – including copy editors, producers, literary agents, reviewers and literary editors;
    • visiting writers – such as Beryl Bainbridge, Rhidian Brook and Will Self; and
    • peer review – giving you the chance to discuss your own and other students' work in a mutually-supportive environment.
  • This provides a range of different voices and styles to broaden your experience of the creative process. Find out more in the Links with business and industry section.
  • This course is ideal if you have a personal or professional interest in the craft of creative writing. It is designed to enhance your career if you work in an area that needs an appreciation of the written word, such as publishing, journalism, teaching or communications.
  • The taught modules aim to prepare you for the job market. Alongside your creative writing studies, you gain skills in:
    • data collation, review and synopsis;
    • communication (oral, written and electronic);
    • time management;
    • computing; and
    • co-operation and teamwork.
  • You have the chance to contribute to Pages, which includes fiction, poetry, reviews and creative non-fiction, and Ripple, a showcase for cutting-edge poetry and prose. Both are edited by postgraduate creative writing students (read more in the Events and lectures section).  
  • Serpent's Tail publishing house sponsors a Creative Writing MA prize. The winner receives a year's supply of Serpent's Tail books, plus serious consideration of their work for publication.
  • We offer a part-time study option to help you fit your MA around other commitments.

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