This Creative Writing course from Lancaster University allows students to pursue a writing project in their chosen literary form supported by a range of specialist tutors, a peer critiquing process in twice weekly workshops, and termly online conferences via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
A number of professional writers visit the course throughout the academic year, giving talks in their specialist genres, hosting workshops to stimulate new work or providing insight and advice in areas of prose fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and other literary forms. We also offer structured advice on the publishing industry, inviting leading agents and publishers to visit the course and advise students.
Full-time campus MA students follow an academic programme spanning three 10-week terms from October to July. You can expect to be a member of a group of 8-12 students. Two three-hour long seminars are held for on average six weeks each term. At the last week of each term personal tutorials replace seminars. A record of these tutorials is maintained in your Writing Journal and reviewed by a tutor to monitor progress.
All academic staff are involved in teaching on the MA, providing expertise in a wide range of literary genres.
The workshop programme at Lancaster is entirely student-centred and seminars involve the close critiquing of student work. No formal programme of teaching to specific objectives is initiated; instead we aim to respond to individual needs and the needs of each seminar group as they emerge.
The course is designed to develop the individual writer’s creative potential within a rigorous critical framework and with reference to the publishing industry. Peer support is a vital aspect of the course and our requirement is that all work submitted to a seminar is read closely and responded to by all participants. This preparation usually takes one-and-a-half to two hours per seminar.
From time to time, tutors may run specialised workshops in response to the ideas developing within a seminar group. Writers, Literary agents and publishers are also invited to the course to discuss professional aspects of writing and publishing. Recent guests have included: Helen Walsh, Jacob Polley, Ian McMillan and Susan Fletcher.
Guest writers booked for the coming academic year include Andrew McMillan, Sam Jordison and Tessa McWatt
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