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The MSc in Creative Writing develops both creative and reflective understanding of the chosen genre of writing, through courses both creative and literary-critical. Working with established authors, and discussing each other´s work, students will hone both their own vision and skills as authors, and their capacity for imaginative, sympathetic analysis of writing.
Students taking the course will expand and refine their skills in poetry, fiction or drama. They will develop critical skills as readers of their own and others´ work, and will gain experience in the processes of presenting and publishing literary writing.
In each of two teaching semesters, students take a core creative practice seminar, supported by workshops, in fiction, poetry or drama, and a subsidiary literary critical course in a relevant area of literary study. This is followed by a substantial independent summer project with an individual supervisor.
Students elect to study either poetry or fiction. They spend two semesters in a programme of seminars, workshops and readings, during which time they also study one literature option course per semester. In May, the group spends a few days in rural Perthshire (at the University´s `outward bound´ centre on the shores of Loch Tay) to mark the end of the first phase of the course, and the beginning of solo supervision. Students then work with their individual supervisor until September and submission of their dissertation.
During the two semesters, the aim is to create an environment where students can hone their skills by means of:
* practice, through weekly stimulus sessions and/or set assignments to raise awareness of technical issues (SET EXERCISES)
* criticism, through weekly workshops, where listening skills, close reading and coherent expression of ideas develop (WORKSHOPS)
* theory, through weekly seminars, where the group examines specific ideas about literature and its context, often as creative writers have expressed them, and how they relate to the practice of writing (CORE COURSES)
Through the two teaching semesters (weeks 3, 6 and 9) we host a series of readings by established writers. We also organise an end of semester reading for students to present their work at the Pleasance Cabaret Bar. In the final part of the second semester, we host a series of seminars focusing on the business of publishing, with visiting speakers drawn from the field.
Throughout the year, tutors will provide information on writing-related events - readings, lectures and performances - taking place elsewhere in the city, competitions and opportunities for publication.