Creative Writing, M.A.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    13740
    Tuition (Year)
    6595
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
Bath Spa University ,
This course will help and encourage you to bring a novel, book of poems or play-script as near to publishable quality as possible.The programme, located in the School of English and Creative Studies, has become established as one of the leading courses of its kind.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

The MA in Creative Writing is concerned with imaginative writing, which includes novels, short stories, poetry and script-writing. The emphasis is upon encouragement, to help you to find and pursue a direction in your writing, and to understand the process of offering a manuscript for publication.

Because of the reputation of the MA in Creative Writing, we are able to recruit excellent students who, every year, form an exciting and mutually supportive community of writers. Frequent visits by other writers, literary agents, publishers, broadcasters and other professionals connected with writing ensure that students are given plentiful advice about how to place work and make decisions about their careers as writers.

The course is not for the writer whose only interest is in their own work, but rather for the writer who can benefit from working closely with fellow students and with tutors, many of whom are practising and published writers. In recent years, eight current or former students have been awarded excellent contracts for novels; one student reached the best-seller lists, and one received a W H Smith New Talent Award and one was long-listed for the Orange Prize.

Student poets have had their poetry accepted for publication in numerous literary journals, including Ambit, Magma, London Magazine, Poetry Wales, PN Review and The Reader, among others, and have been placed in such competitions as the Bridport, the Frogmore, Mslexia, and Writers Inc. Janklow & Nesbit, a leading literary agency, awards an annual prize for the best novel or novel in progress by a student on the course.

It is implicit in the course philosophy that critical reading aids the development of writers. Workshops, in which you look constructively at each other's writing, and context modules, to study the ways in which writers meet certain challenges, are integral parts of the course.

Programme Structure

Modules

The full MA programme consists of two writing workshops, two context modules and the Manuscript (a double module):

Workshop One

You can either start with a general writing workshop in which you experiment with a range of forms, or a specialist workshop in prose fiction or poetry.

Workshop Two

This is a specialist workshop in prose fiction or poetry.

Context Modules

These modules examine genres and look at ways in which writers meet challenges from the public world. At least five of the following are offered each term:

  • Writing and the Environmental Crisis;
  • Suspense Fiction;
  • Contemporary American Writing;
  • The Writer and Place;
  • Modernism and Postmodernism;
  • Writing and Gender;
  • The Short Story;
  • Writing and Politics;
  • Reviewing and Journalism;
  • Narrative Non-Fiction;
  • Genres of Television Drama;
  • The Love Story;
  • Writing for Young People.

The Manuscript

For this module each student brings a manuscript as near to publishable quality as possible. You are assigned a specialist tutor.

Assessment Methods

Assessment is by coursework only. Each writing workshop is assessed on the basis of a folder of creative writing and an early draft of part of the Manuscript. Each context module is assessed on the basis of an essay and a folder of creative responses. The Manuscript is 35,00040,000 words (or the equivalent for poetry and scriptwriting).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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Academic Requirements

Admission to the course is based on a portfolio of creative writing, our estimate of the student's commitment and potential as a writer and ability to benefit from the course, and normally, but not invariably, on a first degree.

Applicants will need to submit a short piece of creative writing with their application form, such as two chapters of a novel, two short stories, six poems, or the equivalent.

  • plus IELTS 7.0 or equivalent

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 13740 International
  • GBP 6595 EU/EEA

Funding

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