MA Creative Writing: Independent Project

12 Months Full Time 

This course offers a unique opportunity for students to pursue an independent writing project in their chosen literary form. Their development as writers is supported by a specialist tutor, who facilitates a combination of weekly workshops (large and small) and personal supervision.

This course will suit the kind of student who has a strong and developed idea for their writing, and who would like personalised support in a small, select group of writers. This course prepares students keen to develop to PhD level, and there is an opportunity to take part in the Creative Writing PhD research as practice collaborative study days.

Students will also complete the Research Methods and Professional Practice Modules across the first two terms of their course alongside students enrolled on the MA in Creative Writing (modular)

The course consists of group workshops and one-to-one tutorials. Then as part of the Professional Practice modules, a number of professional writers visit the course throughout the academic year, culminating in the Lancaster Words Festival, 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.

Students develop an independent project up to 30,000 words, and a reflective essay up to 5,000 words.

You will need to outline your proposed project (a collection of short stories, poems, a script, extracts from a longer fiction, creative non-fiction or life writing piece) briefly in your application.

Special Guests

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

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. View images from the 2012 MA Showcase event.

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

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