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:
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.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.
Applicants require a good honours degree in an appropriate subject.
You must also supply a portfolio of writing:
If you are undecided about whether to apply for fiction or poetry you should send a sample of both. However, if offered a place it will be for either fiction or poetry.
Applicants should make a selection from their writing rather than sending everything. If you have written a draft of a novel, or a volume of poetry or short stories, you can add a note to this effect.
Work in other forms (eg journalism, life writing or advertising) will not be considered a valid sample.
Your personal statement should outline your particular writing interests.
No work experience is required.
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