Creative Writing (modular) MA - 2019 Entry
Full time 12 Month(s), Part time 24 Month(s)
Offering you the flexibility to pursue a generalist or specialist degree pathway, our Creative Writing MA (Modular) is taught by prize-winning, practising writers and is part of the longest-established Creative Writing scheme in the country. You will be part of a vibrant literary community, honing your critical and creative skills whilst engaging with visiting writers and publishing professionals.
The generalist pathway offers a free choice of modules in prose fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and dramatic forms, whilst the specialist pathway in Poetry, Prose Fiction or Creative Non-Fiction sees two of four modules, and a creative project, focusing on your chosen specialism. All students deliver a research-based talk at our annual MA Showcase - previous events have been held in partnership with Lancaster LitFest and the Dukes theatre.
Your core modules are Research Methods and Professional Practice, which examine the professional and ethical issues around creative writing and help you to develop your reflective practice skills. Elective modules explore a wide range of literary fields and genres, including psychogeographies, short fiction, poetry, landscape writing, the lyric essay, and radio drama. Each module features readings, practical presentations on form, genre and technique, peer feedback (verbal and written), and tutor recommendations on how to develop your own work.
Your postgraduate degree equips you with a portfolio of work and prepares you for PhD research as well as careers in journalism, publishing, literature and reading development, community arts and public relations. Many of our students have gone on to publish works of fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction. The critical, analytical, close reading and editing skills developed through your studies will also enhance your employability.
Part time and full time study options are available.
You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.
- The Personal Essay
- New Media and Experimental Writing
- The 21st Century Writer
- Writing Radio Drama
- Approaching the Novel
- Writing Poetry Today
- The Contemporary Short Story: Expanding the Form
- Psychogeographical Investigations: Myth and Place
- Flash Fictions
- Literature and Location: Space and Place in Creative Non Fiction
- Seeing Things: Visualising Poetry
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
Director of Studies: Jenn Ashworth
2:1 (Hons) degree (UK) or equivalent in English Literature or related subject, for example literature in other languages.
If you have studied outside of the UK, you can check your qualifications here: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/international-qualifications/
As part of your application you will also need to provide
a sample of your academic writing about literature
a portfolio of original writing (no more than 12 poems or 20 pages of prose/scriptwriting) showing potential for publication.
Overall score of at least 7.0, with no individual element below 6.5
We consider tests from other providers, which can be found here: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/international-students/english-requirements/requirements-p2/
If your score is below our requirements we may consider you for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes
Pre-sessional English language programmes available:
10 Week – Overall score of at least 6.0, with no individual element below 6.0
4 Week – Overall score of at least 6.5, with no individual element below 6.0
Assessment: Combination of coursework, dissertation/portfolio and research methodology portfolio
Funding may be available, further information can be found here:
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