Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University

Travel and Nature Writing

This course is designed for writers seeking advanced skills in the growing field of creative non- fiction inspired by the natural world and contemporary journeying. The course focuses on the application of writing skills to match the requirements of the travel and nature writing sector. To this end, students learn from engagement, encounter, workshop, tuition and mentoring; they develop their professional practice and produce a portfolio of work to help establish their careers in this highly competitive field.

Course modules

Writing in the Field (30 credits) A broad introduction to the skills and techniques required to write from personal experience, whether about people, landscapes, the natural world, or a combination of all three. By using fieldcraft techniques, based on looking, listening, feeling and thinking, we explore ways of writing about the world around us. Context, History and Genres in Travel and Nature Writing (30 credits) An overview, both broad and focused, on the key developments in the travel writing and nature writing genres over time; including analysis of historical trends, specific authors and works, the history and development of both 'travel' and 'nature' as social pastimes, and the contemporary scene. Advanced Travel and Nature Writing (30 credits) Continuing from what we covered in Writing in the Field, you'll develop new ways of writing about the world: pushing the boundaries of your writing style and content in order to learn what works best for you as a writer. Professional Skills in Travel and Nature Writing (30 credits) A practical guide to getting your work published across a range of different media and outlets, including newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs, books and on TV and radio. Featuring advice from senior practitioners, editors and publishers. You'll also learn to plan a trip requiring commissions, and do a pitch and interview of an idea for publication. A Portfolio of Travel and Nature Writing (60 credits) A 20,000 words portfolio of your best work, in a range of styles and formats, together with a reflective diary on your progress through the year.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of formative and summative assessments. This will include creative writing pieces, critical and analytical essays, presentations and a broad portfolio of your writing.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Distance learning (with some attendance) October 2017 - 1 Years
MA Distance learning (with some attendance) October 2017 GBP 13,500 per (Year 1) 2 Years
MA Distance learning (with some attendance) October 2017 GBP 7,200 per (Year 1) 2 Years

Campus details

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

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