Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University

Writing for Young People

This course is supported by visiting speakers from the children's publishing world, including agents, editors, publishers and authors. The course is for writers for children of all ages, from the picture- book age through to writing for teenagers and young adults. Though prose fiction is likely to be the main area studied, students will have the chance to look at writing in all forms, including poetry, picture book texts and non- fiction. The course supports students to create a significant body of writing, with practical plans for its place in the real world of publishing. It is based on the principle that most writers learn and benefit from working closely with their fellow writers, in a disciplined supportive setting, and with tutors who are practising and published writers in their field.

Entry requirements

Places are offered on the basis of our assessment of the student's quality, potential and commitment as a writer and their ability to benefit from the course. Normally, but not invariably, a student has a degree. Applicants need to submit a short piece of creative writing for young people with their application form: for example, 6 poems or 2 short stories or not more than 20 pages of a novel for young people.

Course modules

Writing workshops; context modules (writing for young people: forms, ages and stages; contemporary children's publishing); manuscript.

Assessment methods

The assessed coursework for each writing workshop is a folder of creative writing. For the 1st context module the assessed coursework is an essay of approximately 2,500 words and a folder of creative responses. The 2nd context module is assessed by a portfolio of writing tasks connected to the children's publishing industry, including 2 book proposals. The manuscript is 35,000-40,000 words, or the equivalent in poetry or picture book texts.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,400 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,400 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,400 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,400 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,400 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 13,335 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,200 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,200 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,200 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,200 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,200 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Corsham Court Chippenham SN13 0BZ South West

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