Creative Writing MA

Our MA in Creative Writing offers a distinctive and flexible pattern of study which will meet the needs of a wide range of students wishing to extend or develop their interests in Creative Writing.

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Course fees
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Duration
Full-time & Part-time options available

Course overview

Our MA courses emphasise the importance of creative practitioners and are enhanced by regular visits from contemporary writers. Visiting writers have included York-born award-winning novelist Kate Atkinson; poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan; novelist and poet Michèle Roberts; novelist Joe Dunthorne; graphic novelist and illustrator Graham Rawle; and award-winning poets Simon Armitage and Daljit Nagra. York St John maintains links with the regional literary community through events such as York Literature Festival. Modules are supplemented by visiting industry professionals, agents and publishers.

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Course structure

This programme provides you with the opportunity to gain a higher degree through a combination of taught modules, independent study, writing and research. The MA in Creative Writing offers the opportunity to develop your skills as a writer and to explore the theory and practice of writing in the contemporary world.

The degree normally consists of four taught modules and a portfolio. All modules are normally assessed by essay or portfolio.

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How will I study?

Study is normally part-time over two years, but there is also provision for full-time study over one year. A range of teaching methods are used including seminars, lectures and occasional day schools. You will be encouraged wherever possible to practise independent learning strategies.

Modules on the MA programme are normally taught in the evening between 6.30pm - 8.30pm on a weekly basis over a ten-week term. Full-time students take two taught classes in Term 1 and one taught class plus dissertation supervision in terms 2 and 3. Part-time students take one taught module per term (terms 1,2,3) in their first year of study; in their second year of study they take one taught module in term 4 and dissertation supervision in terms 5 and 6.

This flexible programme is designed to allow you to combine study with full or part-time employment.

Modules include:

Critical Approaches to Creative Writing - A foundational module in which you situate your writing within the context of contemporary literature. You will have the opportunity to explore the relationship between critical thinking and creative writing, and to develop your writing practice. 

Writers, Readers and Audiences - Considers the writer/audience relationship in prose fiction and scriptwriting through reading, discussion and practice. You will explore through your own writing the concepts and conventions relevant to the effective creation of fiction and scripts for performance.

Writing the Voice - Explores the connections between the way we speak now and the way we write, with an emphasis on your own writing in a range of genres.

The Contemporary Writer - Considers the world of contemporary publishing through an engagement with recent writing. Equips you with the skills and knowledge to take your writing further.

Entry requirements

UK/EU Students

Applicants should have a first degree in a relevant area at 2:2 or above, and a portfolio of creative writing up to 2,000 words, representing one or more of the following genres: scriptwriting, prose writing, poetry.

International Students

International students will need to demonstrate that they have equivalent experience /qualifications as home students (ie the same entry criteria as above). If their first language is not English they must show evidence of English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

APEL Policy

Where applicants do not meet the stated entry requirements above, it may be possible to take into account evidence of APEL as an alternative method of meeting the programme’s entry requirements.  For example, significant previous teaching experience, in Literature or another subject, might be considered appropriate evidence of applicants having met the entry requirements.  In such a case, appropriate references and records of employment might be presented to support the applicant’s case for admission.

Fees

UK & EU 2016 / 17

See our UK & EU fees and funding webpages for more information.

Postgraduate loans are now available for students starting in the 2016/17 academic year, to find out more please visit our postgraduate fees & funding pages.

 

Overseas 2016 / 17

See our International fees & funding webpages for more information.

 

 

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