MA Creative Writing
The course invites you to develop your writing strengths by providing a framework within which you can discuss your own and each other's work. It is suitable for students with a talent for and commitment to creative writing. Ideally, students will also have experience of workshopping.
The core element of the course is a series of seminars and lectures on general writing issues with optional modules in the form of practical writing workshops. Students currently choose two options from fiction, children's and young adult fiction, poetry and scriptwriting. Other options may be available.
The core course regularly hosts talks and readings by writers. Guests have included Neil Arksey, Carole Blake, Jenny Diski, Geoff Dyer, Michael Eaton, Alan Hollinghurst, Kathryn Hughes, Jackie Kay, Melanie McGrath, Jon McGregor, Hamish Macoll, Kate Mosse, Peter Porter, Celia Rees and Alan Sillitoe. Writers from the English department also contribute to the MA.
Students take the core module, two options and a dissertation (part-time students do the second option and dissertation in their second year). There are two assignments in each option. These take the form of creative work accompanied by a critical or editorial commentary rather than formal academic essays.
-MA full-time: 12 months
-MA part-time: 24 months