Manchester Metropolitan University
On our Master of Arts (MA) Creative Writing programme, you will explore and practice techniques and styles of modern and contemporary writing and apply these through the development of your own creative work. MA students undertake a taught element blending writing workshops with reading units and an elective, and then complete their studies through submission of an extended piece of writing from a proposed full-length book. The MA is available to complete in one year full-time, or two years part-time/online. You will specialise in one of the following routes: Novel Writing (including Short Fiction); Poetry Writing; Writing for Children & Young Adults; Place Writing.
MA: Students with an undergraduate honours degree in any humanities discipline may apply. Non-standard applications will be considered. All applicants are asked to submit a portfolio of creative and critical writing, and references. The portfolio should consist of a sample of the applicants own creative work and a sample of critical writing. For the creative sample, applicants to the Novel route should submit a 2,000 word extract from a novel or short story; applicants to the Poetry route should submit up to 15 poems. For the critical sample, all applicants are asked to write a 500 word book review to a publishable standard, showing evidence of close reading and explaining what it is about the book(s) they find useful as a writer; the selected book(s) should be relevant to the specialist MA route to which they are applying to (eg Novel OR Poetry). Both the creative and critical samples should be double-spaced. (As our MA focuses on the imaginative novel and poetry writing, please do not submit any non-literary journalism or blog extracts, script-writing or life-writing.
Year 1: Core units include: Dissertation (60 credits); reading units (2 x 30 credits); the workshop (2 x 15 credits); Optional units: creative project (30 credits); crime fiction (30 credits); from historical fact to contemporary fiction (30 credits); media skills for creative writers (30 credits); teaching creative writing (30 credits); writing about relationships (30 credits).
Reading units are assessed through 3,000-word essays, and can compare books studied on the course with your own work-in-progress. Workshop units are assessed by a 1,500-word critique of a piece of creative work submitted by a fellow student. Assessment for elective units varies, but will include submission of 3,000 words of creative and/or critical writing. The Dissertation is a continuous extract from a proposed full-length novel, poetry collection, children's/young adult book, or place writing book (prose routes: 15,000 words; poetry route: 300 lines) including a "Genesis Document" - an account of the origins of and inspirations for your writing (1,500 words).
|Qualification||Study mode||Start month||Fee||Course duration|
|MA||Full-time||September 2018||-||1 Years|
|MA||On-line study||September 2018||-||2 Years|
|MA||Part-time||September 2018||-||2 Years|
|MA||Full-time||September 2019||-||1 Years|
|MA||On-line study||September 2019||-||2 Years|
|MA||Part-time||September 2019||-||2 Years|
|Campus name||Town||Postcode||Region||Main campus||Campus||Partner|
|Main Site||M15 6BH||North West|
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