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Creative Writing MA De Montfort University

UK

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Summary

Overview

The Creative Writing MA is a practice-led programme, giving you the chance to develop your writing in chosen areas, or experiment with new forms and genres through exploratory writing exercises and craft challenges. The programme is designed to develop your writing practice in both research and professional contexts and so you will follow both craft and writing industry-focused modules. You will have the opportunity to graduate with an advanced understanding of the professional landscape and how to use the skills you have acquired to forge a career in a range of contexts.

The taught modules are divided into three areas. Researching as a Writer involves exploring practice research methodologies and research skills, giving you a toolbox for discussion of your practice from a theoretical perspective. Developing Writing covers a range of genre opportunities and exploratory writing tasks, while Writing Ecosystems focuses on networking, performance, manuscript presentation and publishing advice.

The programme culminates in a dissertation in which you will work independently on an extended creative writing project in a form or genre of your choice, with tutor guidance and feedback. You will shape and grow projects to a professional standard, while also learning how to provide a theoretical basis to discuss and conceptualise your practice.

You will also be encouraged to participate in the Leicester Centre for Creative Writing research culture and public engagement events, such as independent book festival States of Independence. Our diverse community of writers work in a wide range of forms and genres including long and short fiction, science fiction, autobiographical, crime, literary and experimental, as well as performance, poetry of all kinds, digital work and scripts for radio, independent film and graphic novel.

Teaching and assessments

This taught MA will strengthen your existing writing practice, grant space to larger projects you want to pursue, and push your work into new areas through modules organized thematically and conceptually. Our craft modules allow students to pursue their own established interests but also experiment with new areas of writing. There are two modules anchored in research: one which focuses on writerly craft and Hemingway’s ‘iceberg’ concept, and one that concerns itself more with ideas, theory and poetics. This enables students to contextualize and discuss their own practice, and preparing them for potential work at PhD level. Our Writing Ecosystems modules are professionally and industry focused. For your final dissertation module, you set your own agenda, and work independently on an extended project in consultation with a guiding supervisor.

Graduate careers

Students can undertake careers in a range of areas, including events management, teaching and further research including PhD ey may also find publication or production opportunities for their writing, or may also choose to publish, crowdfund or perform their work independently. Many writers create their own portfolio career, with activities and self-employment in a number of areas.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Creative Writing MA.

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees

£14,600.00 (15,09,935) per year

From

04-Oct-21

Venue

De Montfort University

The Gateway,

Leicester,

Leicestershire,

LE1 9BH, England

Entry requirement for international students

You should have the equivalent or above of a 2.2 UK bachelor’s honours degree, with evidence of, an ongoing writing practice. If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with 5.5 in each band or equivalent when you start the course is essential.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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