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Postgraduate applicants

MA Creative Writing

To help you feel prepared for your postgraduate studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now.

Suggested reading

When you begin your studies, you will be introduced to the University Library and given more information about which textbooks to read as well as the many ebooks and journals we have for you to access,.

In the meantime, you may want to begin exploring some of the items on this suggested reading list:

MCW4008: Research Methods and Poetics

MCW4009: Cultural Economies

MCW4010: On the Page: The Technique of Writing (Practice)

MCW4011: On the Page: The Technique of Writing (Poetics)

MCW4012: Into the World: The Contexts for Writing (Practice)

MCW4013: Into the World: The Contexts for Writing (Poetics)



Things to do now

To help you prepare for your studies and start to get an understanding of poetics, you may find it useful to start reading:

  • BYRNE, J. and SHEPPARD, R., (eds.), (2017). Atlantic Drift: An Anthology of Poetry and Poetics. Todmorden: Arc Publications and EHU Press.

Meet your programme lead

An image of Billy Cowan

Billy Cowan (MA Programme Leader) is a senior lecturer in Creative Writing. His interests lie in playwriting, dramaturgy, political theatre and the short story.