MA Creative Writing: Independent Project

12 Months Full Time 

This course provides the opportunity for students to pursue an independent writing project in their chosen literary form. Your development as a writer is supported by a specialist tutor who facilitates a combination of weekly workshops and personal supervision.

This course is ideal for students who have a strongly developed idea for their writing project. It offers a personalised pathway within a small group of student writers who offer mutual criticism and support. Our aim is to help you develop into the writer you want to be.

This course was one of the first Creative Writing courses to be established in the UK and has a long and prestigious record of writers who have gone on to publish their work and win literary prizes whilst others have gone on to successful PhD study. The course has a strong international dimension bringing together writers from across the world; it is student-centred and uses the writing workshop and personal tutorials as its core methodology.

Students develop an independent project up to 30,000 words, and a reflective essay up to 5,000. You will also complete the Research Methods and Professional Practice Modules across the first two terms of their course, which all MA students undertake. As part of the module, a number of professional writers visit the course throughout the academic year, giving talks in their specialist genres, hosting workshops to stimulate new work and providing insight and advice in areas of prose fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and other literary forms. In 2019, these events will be initiated by the biennial Lancaster Words Festival, to be held in the Michaelmas Term.

Your application should outline a proposed project – a collection of short stories, poems, a script, extracts from a longer fiction, creative non-fiction or life-writing piece – accompanied by a representative sample of your creative work.

International Research Centre

The Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research enhances the international reach of Creative Writing study at Lancaster, hosting and supporting the Writing for Liberty Conference (Lancaster, 2015; Cape Town 2017; Buenos Aires 2019) whilst carrying out writing research projects across the UK, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

Special Guests

Writers, literary agents and publishers are invited to the Lancaster MA programmes to discuss the professional dimension of writing and publishing. Recent guests have included writers, Helen Walsh, Jacob Polley, Ian McMillan, Susan Fletcher, Andrew McMillan, Sam Jordison and Tessa McWatt.

Showcase Events and Publications

The MA students participate in an annual showcase event where they have the opportunity to read from their works in progress to an audience from within the university and beyond.

This is event celebrates the variety and the quality of writing that MA students have been working on throughout the year. It is a valuable opportunity for students to gain experience in reading or performing their work, preparing their work for an audience whilst also setting up and running a literary event.

In 2013 the students published an anthology of their work, 'Postcards' in print and digital form. The digital edition of Postcards is available online, for free.