At the heart of the course is the weekly workshop, in which your prose or poetry will be subjected to rigorous peer and tutor review in a small group. This will be supplemented by one-to-one supervision with one of our tutors.
This central core will be complemented by seminars focusing on contemporary literature in relation to creative practice, as well a series of sessions on the writing profession, including visiting speakers (writers, publishers, editors, literary agents). Visitors to the programme so far have included a senior publisher from the Random House group, an agent from the UK's largest literary agency, a best-selling novelist, an internationally renowned poet, a successful independent publisher and a professional coach in performance and reading-to-an-audience skills.
The culmination of the MA is the dissertation – 12,000 words or equivalent of creative writing – to be completed during the summer at the end of the programme and which will be supported by one-to-one tutorial supervision.
The four elements of the full time, 1 year course are:
- Semesters 1 and 2: Prose Fiction or Poetry Workshops (60 Credits)
- Semester 1: Reading as a Writer (30 Credits)
- Semester 2: Writing as a Profession (30 Credits)
- Summer: Dissertation (60 credits)
If you opt to do the MA part time over 2 years, you will take Reading as a Writer and Writing as a Profession in Year 1, with the Prose or Poetry Workshops and the Dissertation in Year 2.