Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University


Explore your own original ideas in a specialist environment of feedback and critique from academics, novelists, playwrights and poets. Housed within the Liverpool Screen School you will produce a body of creative work and gain an in-depth knowledge of your craft. - Course now recruiting on an annual basis - Masters degree available to study part-time (two years) - Learn from practising and published writers - Study on a unique programme providing training in e-publishing and detailed peer critique workshops - Strong links with Curtis Brown, Blake Friedman, The Society of Authors, the Royal Literary Fund, NAWE, Hodder and Stoughton, Parthian, Salt, Everyman Theatre, Byte the Book, Tindall Street, BBC Radio, Comma Press and Faber & Faber - Taught in the £38million Redmonds Building in the heart of Liverpool city centre

Entry requirements

MA: You will need: a minimum 2:1 in English, Writing or a cognate subject. Other academic qualifications, for example: A Levels, BTEC, Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Highers, will also be considered or professional skills and evidence of achievement in a related area: film and video production, publishing, journalism, radio, theatre, and creative writing Additional information: Please see application and selection section below IELTS English language requirement: 6.5 (Minimum 6.0 in each component) Person requirements: 58-64 (Minimum 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes) MA: Entry requirements (Home) Good Honours degree (classification: 2:1 or above) in English, Writing or a cognate subject. Applicants who demonstrate professional skills and evidence of achievement in a related area without formal qualifications will also be considered. We place particular emphasis on both the portfolio and the interview. The above requirements may be waived if a portfolio shows promise. Due to the competitive nature of this programme, applications are being considered in stages, with deadlines for 2018 entry as follows: Stage 1 Application deadline: 31 May 2018 1. Applicants should complete the online application form and include in the personal statement section reasons why you wish to study this programme. 2. Attach a CV which details your previous studies in the field and any publications 3. Attach a portfolio of work up to 2,500 words in length 4. Prepare for a merit-based selection interview Stage 2 Short-listed applicants invited to attend interview: Interviews take place week commencing 25 June 2018 Merit based selection will assess: 1. Quality of work and potential for improvement/development 2. Commitment to the degree 3. Any publications/knowledge of the industry 4. Previous results, especially for those who have undertaken undergraduate studies The panel will read, discuss and call in for interview in June. Applications received after the application deadline may not be considered if the programme is full. Entry requirements (International) As this is only offered as a part-time masters degree, international students are not eligible to study this programme. Application and selection You will be required to complete an application form, which includes a one-page statement explaining your reasons for applying, plus a portfolio of 20 pages of screen, stage and/or radio play(s), or 3,000 words of fiction, or 100-150 lines of poetry, or an equivalent combination of these genres.

Course modules

Please see guidance below on core modules for further information on what you will study. •Foundation: Reading as a Writer Develop your creative, formal, research and technical skills appropriate to writing at masters level, in particular the techniques of contemporary writers and you will relate your own reading to your writing •Writers Workshop 1 Work towards achieving presentation to professional standards and further an original and creative voice as a writer by fostering close reading and constructive criticism •Defining a Writer's Identity: New Technologies and the Marketplace Deepen your understanding and develop your creative formal and technical skills by acquainting yourself with the technological side of the writing industry and developing the relevant skills • Writers Workshop 2 The module will further develop the creative, formal, and technical skills of drafting and editing • Portfolio and Critical Commentary You will show creative, formal and technical skills appropriate to creative writing at masters level - your finished portfolio will consist of a substantial piece of creative work negotiated with your tutor

Assessment methods

Assessment will be through analytic, creative and group workshops, with most of its marks awarded for creative writing, accompanied by reflective commentaries; there are also 2 oral assessment tasks related to pitching and presenting, as well as the writer's website.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Part-time September 2018 3,125 per Credit (Home/EU) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 3,500 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Liverpool John Moores University L2 2QP North West

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