MA Creative Writing

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Overview

UKPASS Code:P041338
Course Length:1 Year Full-Time, 2 Years Part-Time
Start Dates:September 2016, September 2017
Department:Department of English, History & Creative Writing
Location:Edge Hill University

Please note, this programme is now closed to applications for September 2016 entry.

  • Join a programme that combines intensive workshops concentrating on your writing with the detailed study of the literary field you have chosen;
  • Develop your creative work and aim towards producing a final manuscript for possible publication;
  • Keep a professional development log to assess the way you are entering the literary world in terms of publishing and/or other activities.

This is a programme for practising writers who wish to improve their craft, learn about contemporary forms of writing and continue to reflect on their progress. This is in both terms of a distinctive philosophy of writing (to answer the question, ‘What kind of writer am I?’), and in terms of the practicalities of making creative work public.

You should have some experience of writing fiction, poetry or prose (although there is not a requirement for this work to have been published), or scriptwriting, and wish to further your skills within the academic context of creative writing as an academic discipline. You will work with a core team of professional writers and other professionals to develop your creative work and nurture an understanding about the nature of your continuing creativity, aiming towards producing a final manuscript for possible publication.

Student Profiles

  • Sarah Billington

    MA Creative Writing
    Writing, especially poetry, has always been something that I’ve enjoyed doing, so to be able to gain a qualification in something that I really love is a fantastic opportunity.
  • Stephanie Robinson

    MA Creative Writing
    Being a postgraduate course it realistically prepares you for writing as a career, guiding you through each writing form in-depth, such as poetry, short stories and script writing.
Department of English, History & Creative Writing

Course in Depth

What will I study?

You will begin straight away to experience the benefits of the regular workshops that form an integral part of the programme. You will discuss the work of others on the MA as well as learning from their discussion of your work. You will also receive tutor feedback.

You will study a variety of contemporary literature which will feed into your writing where needed, along with a study of the poetics of contemporary writers (that is, the things writers have written about their own writing philosophies and practices). The aim is to influence your practical development, allowing you to develop your own poetics and philosophy of composition.

In the first weeks of the course you will research markets and outlets for your work and complete submissions of your writing. You will also compile a professional development audit of your activities so far (which may not be extensive, of course). You will be asked to keep a log throughout the programme to enable you to track your development.

The ethos of this Masters degree is expressed in terms of activities, experiences and types of assessment. The activity of writing is primary and it follows that:

  • Workshop participation is central to the experience of the programme;
  • Reading as a writer is recognised as a necessary correlative to writing as a practice;
  • Poetics is central to the philosophy of the programme, as a speculative writerly discourse about how writing is to be made.

How will I study?

The writing workshops are always taught in small groups, but the discussion groups involve seminars with a lecture component.

During the manuscript module (a dissertation) you will work one-to-one with your manuscript supervisor, bringing your months of study to a final creative fruition. All the modules you will take have been designed specifically for writers.

This is not the kind of ‘Creative Writing’ course that requires you to pick from already existing English Literature modules. The modules have been custom-designed for you.

How will I be assessed?

You will present your creative writing with a short example of poetics relating to the piece. You will write about works of contemporary literature and about the poetics of these writers, though you will approach these tasks from the perspective of a fellow-writer. All this work will help you develop towards the final piece of work, The Manuscript. The professional development audit and logs will be marked on a pass / fail basis.

Who will be teaching me?

A team of seven, with extensive experience in poetry, fiction, non-fiction, short stories and scriptwriting teach on the programme. The team will be complemented by visiting speakers and visiting writers.

A Great Study Environment

As a Creative Writing student at Edge Hill University, you will have the opportunity to attend workshops and readings with a variety of guest writers at the Arts Centre. Close links have also been established with Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre as well as other poetry venues across Merseyside.

The University hosts the annual Edge Hill Short Story Prize and runs a number of research groups, as well as occasional events, including an annual postgraduate conference.

The programme team also publish The Black Market Review, an international literary journal which is edited by Creative Writing students.

Modules

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MCW4008 Poetics and Research Methods (20 credits)

Poetics and Research Methods introduces you to the various research methodologies open to creative writers, both generally and within the context of the academic study of creative writing. Poetics will be both studied and practised as an accompaniment to a short piece of creative writing.

MCW4009 Cultural Industries (20 credits)

Cultural Industries introduces you to, and enhances your knowledge of, various publishing industries (commercial, trade and independent), fields of contemporary literary production, and the role(s) of the creative writer within the publishing world and other creative and cultural environments. You will engage in both professional research which will be developed and encouraged via lectures, seminars and workshops. You will submit a piece of work to a target publication (or other context, conduit or medium) and record your research and the process of submission.

MCW4010 On The Page: The Technique of Writing (Practice) (20 credits)

On The Page: The Technique of Writing (Practice) is designed to further your creative writing via individual practice and group workshop discussion as well as through the production of poetics as a speculative discourse. An accompanying study of the forms of contemporary literature will focus upon studying the varieties of text production at the level of technique.

MCW4011 On The Page: The Technique of Writing (Poetics) (20 credits)

On The Page: The Technique of Writing (Poetics) enables you to study reading as a writer as a way of investigating literariness through reading from a writerly perspective and by reading poetics by practising writers as a speculative discourse. You will focus upon questions of literary technique. The module also involves the keeping of a log to enable an ongoing reflective process of professional development.

MCW4012 Into The World: The Contexts for Writing (Practice) (20 credits)

Into The World: The Contexts for Writing (Practice) is designed to further your creative writing via individual practice and group workshop discussion and through the production of poetics as a speculative discourse. An accompanying study of the forms of contemporary literature will focus upon studying the field of literary production as a whole, of how writing goes out into the world, and how the world impinges upon writing and the act of writing.

MCW4013 Into The World: The Contexts for Writing (Poetics) (20 credits)

Into The World: The Contexts for Writing (Poetics) enables you to study reading as a writer as a way of investigating literariness from a writerly perspective and poetics by practising writers as a speculative discourse. You will focus upon questions of the field of literary production as a whole, of how writing goes out into the world, and how the world impinges upon writing and the act of writing. The module also involves the keeping of a log to enable an ongoing reflective process of professional development.

MCW4007 The Manuscript (60 credits)

The Manuscript provides the opportunity for you to concentrate on the production of an extended creative writing manuscript which is ultimately intended for publication. This is contextualised by a statement of poetics, which will articulate your own aesthetic practice and writerly philosophy and situate your own writing in the field of literary production. An initial proposal for the project will be agreed with the Programme Leader in advance of the module, which consists of intensive weekly workshops, followed by a writing up period, during which you are able to consult with a supervisor assigned from the course team. You will also be asked to outline the proposed destination for the piece.

Disclaimer

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

To join this MA, candidates should normally possess a good honours degree (2:2 or above) or a degree with additional academic support, such as a diploma or comparable qualification, in a professional field.

Academic training in an arts subject is an advantage but a commitment to writing as a practice (at whatever stage in a writing career) is more important. A general willingness to participate and be self-critical and analytical is also important. A key part of the entry process is the presentation of a portfolio of your creative work (5,000 words of fiction or a group of 10-15 poems).

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

The thinking behind the professional development strand is that writers seldom exclusively work as writers, but need to learn to combine their principal involvement and passion for literary composition with other activities (whether they are of a literary nature or not).

Of course, as a Masters in a humanities subject you will find this qualification useful in a variety of professional contexts, such as in school teaching, which encourages staff to work at Masters level. It provides a sound basis for further study (e.g. PhD work in Creative Writing).

Previous graduates have gone on to publish with major publishers, win prizes, edit magazines and books, and are active in the pedagogy of Creative Writing as a robust academic discipline.

Finance

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for full-time study on this MA are £4,680 for UK and EU students and £12,250 for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2016/17.

Tuition fees for part-time study on this MA are £26 per credit for UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2016/17.

180 credits are required to complete a Masters degree. Please note, the University may administer a small inflationary rise in part-time postgraduate tuition fees in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Financial Support

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University in academic year 2016/17, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2016/17 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/postgradfinance2016.

The financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2016/17 includes Postgraduate Loans worth up to £10,000 for full-time study and up to £5,000 per year, payable over the first two years of the course, for part-time study.

Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

Apply

How to Apply

Apply online at www.ukpass.ac.uk.

Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyukpass for more information on the application process.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

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International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email international@edgehill.ac.uk with any queries about overseas study.

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Course Changes

This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented since 1st September 2015.

No material changes have been made to the information for this course since 1st September 2015. Any future amends will be tracked here.