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Creative Writing Distance Learning MA

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Full time 1 year Full-time students can attend two campus days, scheduled annually in mid-October and early January. September 2019
Part time 2 years Part-time students normally attend the October campus day in the first year and the January campus day in the second year. September 2019

Choose Kingston's Creative Writing Distance Learning MA

The MA in Creative Writing (Distance Learning) offers you the chance to study with a wide range of well-established and award-winning writers in a dynamic writing environment, but without having  to relocate or give up your current job.

Developed to complement the University's growing and acclaimed suite of courses in creative writing, the course allows you to complete your credits through distance learning. Taught in our virtual forums and classrooms, modules can be accessed at a time of the week to suit your schedule.

The non-compulsory campus days in mid-October and early January give you a chance to visit the campus and attend a relevant lecture, as well as to meet fellow workshop students. Those travelling longer distances who wish to stay longer and explore the cultural opportunities that London offers, or simply to write, are also welcome to attend events taking place on campus for the rest of the week by colleagues, writers in residence, students and guests.

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What will you study?

The Creative Writing (Distance Learning) MA follows the same course structure as the successful and popular Creative Writing MA.

Full-time students take two 30-credit modules each semester, including a  Special Study workshop on a particular genre e.g. poetry, drama or fiction, in the second semester. You'll participate in general workshops, reading sessions and tutorials with your assigned dissertation supervisor throughout the course.

You may then choose to complete a 15,000-word 60-credit dissertation accompanied by a 3,000-word critical review, for which you'll  receive one-to-one supervision as you work towards a September completion.

You'll be taught through individual tutorials, streamed lectures and readings held at or sponsored by the University.

Assessment

Continuous assessments in individual accredited modules plus assessment of final dissertation.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Example core modules

  • This module focuses on your own creative writing and research into your chosen form or genre, developed in consultation with your supervisor. You learn via one-to-one tutorials with your personal supervisor. You produce two pieces of writing:
    • a creative dissertation – a portion of a novel, a body of poetry, a play screenplay or other creative form of no more than 15,000 words; and
    • a critical essay of approximately 3,000 words – considering the relationships between your own writing and the literary contexts/theoretical concerns that inform published writing in your chosen genre or form.

    Your supervisor must agree in advance the final structure, approximate word length and for presentation conventions of these pieces.

     
  • The module is designed to engage you with issues of critical and literary theory. The module is also designed to make you more aware of how your work impacts with wider literary, cultural, political and philosophical issues. Awareness of these theories and of some of the issues surrounding the production and reception of literary texts will stimulate you, encouraging you to think ‘outside the box'.  The module will explore debates about literature and the practice of creative writing through readings of essays and texts that are relevant to criticism and theory.  The academic component of the assessment will support the creative work with the objective that you will also have to demonstrate critical, academic, analytical skills.

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  • This online workshop module will be devoted to the creative writing of students all working in the same form and genre of their choice.  It will enable students to develop drafts in their chosen form and genre, and to master its specific codes and conventions. Draft work to be reviewed may include, for example, poetry, prose fiction, non-fiction, writing for the stage, or screenwriting, perhaps in a choice of genres such as crime writing, fantasy fiction, writing for children, historical fiction, science fiction, romance and autobiography. Students will be advised how best to strengthen their knowledge of that form or genre in order to reflect critically and constructively on their own writing.  Attention will then be given to the production of a substantial piece or a collection of pieces of creative writing that reflects their knowledge of and engagement with their chosen form or genre.

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  • This module provides the opportunity to write across three genres - including prose, poetry and playwriting - to teach you how to apply literary techniques from other forms to your own work. It will look at:

    • issues of voice, imagery, tone and characterisation;
    • elements of narrative, dramatic and lyrical forms; and
    • contemporary works - allowing you to master structure and style and understand how a variety of literary forms function.

    You will also submit a portfolio of writing exercises in the different genres studied.

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  • This is a workshop-based online module in which students will present and discuss their own work and that of their peers within a group of students writing in a variety of genres and forms. The draft work presented in the module will normally include forms such as poetry, prose fiction, non-fiction, writing for the stage or screenwriting, in a variety of genres, but it may also include genres such as science fiction, romance, crime fiction, writing for children, historical fictional, and autobiography. Students will develop a strong knowledge of the writing workshop ethos, its requirements and etiquette as mutual practical criticism of peer writing will be accompanied by discussion of the scope or constraints of the various genres as well as the implications of working in various forms. Attention will be paid to the relevant components of good writing: appropriate use of language, narrative pace, dialogue, expression, characterisation and mood.

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You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

We aim to ensure that all courses and modules advertised are delivered. However in some cases courses and modules may not be offered. For more information about why, and when you can expect to be notified, read our Changes to Academic Provision.

Regulations governing this course are available here

Details of term dates for this course can be found here

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Location

This course is taught at Penrhyn Road (residency modules only)

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Contact our admissions team

Submit an enquiry

020 3308 9930*

*Calls cost 7p per minute from a UK landline plus your phone company's access charge. Calls to this number from mobiles are normally deductible from your inclusive minutes.

Location

This course is taught at Penrhyn Road (residency modules only)

View Penrhyn Road (residency modules only) on our Google Maps
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