In this creative writing master’s, you will be guided by expert writers through each of the core genres of prose fiction, poetry, scriptwriting and creative non-fiction. You’ll be able to experiment with topics, styles, forms and hybrids, leading to a substantial portfolio of original creative work.
Among our innovative approaches to imaginative writing, we encourage students to explore links between texts and other disciplines, such as history, theory, politics, and cultural studies. Different writing techniques and reflective practices will help you advance your skills in textual analysis and encourage you to consider the opportunities and challenges of writing.
Creative writing graduates will be well-placed to pursue careers in writing, academia, research, journalism, publishing, teaching, and creative and heritage industries, amongst other occupations. The course also benefits practitioners in these fields who wish to advance their writing or career prospects.
What you should know about this course
- This new MA is taught by expert writers with internationally-recognised publications.
- You will gain advanced understanding of contemporary writing in each of the core genres.
- You will produce new writing in every genre and specialise in a genre of your choosing.
- You will benefit from being taught by guest experts from around the world.
- You will join a unique writing environment, rich with other writers and industry links, in the heart of London.
What you will study
Students are required to study the following compulsory modules.
- Text and Theory (15 credits)
- Research Skills for Literary Studies (15 credits)
- Writing Fictions (30 credits)
- Writing Performance (30 credits)
- Writing Poetry and Other Experiments (30 credits)
- The Creative Portfolio (60 credits)
How you will learn
In a typical week, learning takes place place through seminars in which tutors and students discuss and develop ideas prompted by set texts and guided reading. This may be supplemented by one-to-one consultations and visits to relevant museums, archives, or historical sites. Teaching takes place on the Greenwich campus.
You will benefit from a combination of small class sizes for workshops and a larger cohort for shared seminars with the MA Literary London. You will also have one-to-one tutorials with and receive personalised feedback from lecturers and other experts on your writing.
Outside timetabled sessions, you’ll need to dedicate significant time each week to self-study. This may involve further reading and research, analysing set texts, and producing and editing your writing.
Our Stockwell Street library and online resources will support your further reading and research.
You can join a range of student societies, such as the Creative Writing society, and our department-wide research seminar, the lively Centre for Research & Enterprise in Language.
You can also work on the annual university Student Anthology, published each year by Galley Beggar Press, and participate in volunteering and employability events, such as the annual Greenwich Book Festival, to meet authors and publishers and get your career off to a flying start.
If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of modules you are studying.
On this course, students are assessed by coursework, presentations, and a dissertation, which signifies the culmination of your studies in a longer piece of independent research developed with a supervisor.
We aim to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days.
Dates and timetables
The academic year runs from September to June.
Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started.
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