Creative Writing with English Literary Studies MA - 2019 Entry
Full time 12 Month(s), Part time 24 Month(s)
The MA Creative Writing with English Literary Studies provides a rare opportunity to combine creative and critical writing at Masters level. It’s your chance to learn from the prize-winning, practising authors who lead our long-established Creative Writing scheme and to engage with a vibrant literary culture.
During your studies you will develop strategies for initiating new work, explore verbal textures and narrative structures, and enhance your knowledge of literary forms and conventions. You will hone your critical and creative skills, employ reflective practice, and learn the art of redrafting, revision and close editing. The nature of research within creative writing practice will also be considered as you evolve your own creative and critical portfolio.
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. Four elective modules are then split between Creative Writing and English Literary Studies - those on offer explore a wide range of literary fields and genres, including Psychogeographies, Short Fiction, Poetry, Landscape Writing, the Lyric Essay, Radio Drama, Modern, Contemporary, Romantic, Victorian and Early Modern Literature.
You will also complete a Creative Writing dissertation, which is a 15,000 creative project (or the equivalent for Poetry or Script Writing) and includes a critically reflective essay of 3-5,000 words. 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 postgraduate degree prepares you for careers in journalism, publishing, reading development, community arts and public relations, as well as PhD research. The critical and creative 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.
- Flash Fictions
- The 21st Century Writer
- Approaching the Novel
- The Contemporary Short Story: Expanding the Form
- Literature and Location: Space and Place in Creative Non Fiction
- Seeing Things: Visualising Poetry
- Writing Radio Drama
- New Media and Experimental Writing
- The Personal Essay
- Writing Poetry Today
- Psychogeographical Investigations: Myth and Place
- Research Methodology and Reflective Practice in English Literature I
- Contemporary British Fiction
- Contemporary American Fiction
- MA Pathway Special Subject
- Research Methodology and Reflective Practice in English Literature II
- Victorian Literature and Other Media
- 19th Century Literature and Technology
- Contemporary Gothic: Text and Screen
- Romance and Realism
- Postcolonial Women's Writing
- Posthumanism: Literature after the human
- Literature and Film
- Victorian Extremes: the Coming of Modernity
- Romantic and Victorian Epic: Exploring Four Great Poems
- Emotional Geographies in Early Modern Literature
- Writing the Nineteenth Century City
- The Byron-Shelley Circle
- Premodern Bodies
- Romanticism: People, plants and animals
- Reading Adventure Stories
- Romanticism on Location: Writing in the Lake District and the Alps
- Nineteenth Century Literature: Place - Space - Text
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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