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Do you have a passion and a talent for writing? Do you want to develop your confidence and ability as a writer, do you dream of being published?

The MA in Creative Writing at Northumbria offers you the opportunity to explore your writing craft at an advanced level. You will gain a solid grounding in the techniques and skills of writing fiction, learn how to critique your own work and experiment with your writing voice.

A combination of core and option modules gives you the chance to develop your critical and analytical thinking. This course builds on your passion for creative writing, enhancing your career prospects as you develop a portfolio that reflects a broad range of genres.

You will graduate as a critical thinker with skills that will help you make a big difference in your chosen area of work and creative practice.

Employability, in the form of critical and creative skills, presentation skills and reflective and evaluative abilities, is embedded into your course. You will be able to demonstrate that you are self-motivated, show initiative and personal responsibility, and possess a thirst for independent learning.

During your course, you’ll be in constant contact with a range of professionals working in the arts and creative industries, helping you to build up networks and gain relevant experience.

All modules play a crucial role in developing the advanced skills and attributes necessary for employment, including effective time and workload management, oral and written communication, teamwork and creative analysis of complex problems. The core module, Professional Practice, is designed to give you insights into the world of literary publishing.

You will graduate with a qualification which may enhance your promotion prospects in professions such as the literary industries, partnerships and agencies, marketing and advertising.

Given the postgraduate nature of this course the tutors (all published writers themselves) will be looking for signs of the ability to write at a professional level.

MA graduates have achieved notable success and we include Dan Smith, Celia Bryce and Helen Laws among our alumni.

There are also opportunities for you to advance your studies further with advice in writing PhD and funding applications available.

For hints and tips on compiling your application portfolio, read this helpful article by current student, Nathan.

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time
1 other options available

Department
Humanities

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Fee Information

Module Information

 

 

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Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in any subject. Applicants without a degree will be considered.

Applicants will be required to submit examples of their creative writing with their application.

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

 *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications</p

Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

Full UK Fee: £7,350

Full EU Fee: £16,000

Full International Fee: £16,000



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How to Apply

Please use the Apply Now button at the top of this page to submit your application.

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

EF0126 -

Academic Language Skills in FADSS Level 7 (Optional,0 Credits)

The purpose of this module is to develop the participant’s ability in study skills and English language skills for academic purposes.

The module is designed to develop the participants as independent learners. The module is supported by a teaching and learning plan which outlines the formal sessions, together with the tutor-directed study and independent reading. An interactive approach to seminars will draw upon the directed learning undertaken and participants’ own experience of study skills. Directed learning will centre upon a range of activities including pre-reading, preparation for interactive activities and use of the discussion board on the e-learning platform.
Independent learning will focus upon the participants identifying those skills which they need to develop and understand through a range of learning activities that might include extended reading, and reflection. The sessions will attempt to follow the principles set out by the CEM model (Sloan and Porter, 2008)

More information

EL7010 -

Approaches to Writing (Optional,30 Credits)

On this module you will learn the basic techniques used in the writing of creative text. Through discussion and analysis of examples you will develop an understanding of different kinds of narrative structure and poetic form. This will form the basis for your development in reading as a writer. In the practice of drafting your own creative work, (in workshop exercises and in crafting and drafting your own creative work), you will learn how to research your projects, and also learn about the technical requirements of different forms of text, the creative process required to draft creative work, and the practice-based concepts and terminology involved in reflecting critically on your own creative practice. You will develop a practical understanding of how to offer critical feedback on your peers’ work and how to edit your own.

More information

EL7011 -

Creativity (Core,30 Credits)

This module will look at creativity in terms of four main areas: History, Psychology, Culture and Practice. The historical dimension will be a consideration of how creativity grew as a concept, particularly since the 18th-century. The second strand would look at psychological thinking about creativity, e.g. in the light of modern neuroscience. The third looks at ideas of creativity as expressed by practitioners in specific contexts, e.g. visual arts, music and literature, but also non-artistic areas such as science and business. The fourth strand places an emphasis on you exploring your own creativity through exercises and tasks, and ideas generated by themselves.

More information

EL7012 -

Experiments in Writing (Optional,30 Credits)

This module will concentrate on the ways in which writers have challenged, extended, and adopted for different purposes many of the more standard literary conventions. You will consider a range of texts in which authors have self-consciously experimented with, parodied, or departed from traditional narrative techniques in overtly ‘metafictional’ works. You will also engage with work that uses features of various literary genres in other modes, such as creative non-fiction, ‘new’ journalism, historiographical novels, the lyrical essay, and fictocriticism. Experimental poetry and script may also be included as you bring these experiments in form to bear on your own work with a view to opening it up to new possibilities. Exploring your writing through such radical play may not result in a commitment to an entirely experimental approach, but it will encourage an increased alertness to the significance of the creative forms in which you work.

More information

EL7020 -

Professional Practice: Writing in an Industry Context (Core,30 Credits)

This module focuses on the workings of the writing industry, aiming to provide you with an awareness of the knowledge required of a practitioner working in that industry. On successful completion of the module you will have gained an ability to edit work, write effectively within your chosen genre, and undertake research which allows you to understand the requirements of writing agencies and publishers. Guest speakers will give you an inside view of the writing industry. You will have an opportunity to meet writers, agents, publishers and other industry professionals. This will give you knowledge and insight that you can utilise to develop your own career in the industry.

More information

EL7023 -

Reading as a Writer (Optional,30 Credits)

This module introduces you to the interplay of writing and critical reading which is the basis of research in Creative Writing. By examining a series of creative, reflective and critical texts, the module will explore how creative and critical works can inform and underpin each other. It is designed to develop further the kinds of skills introduced in undergraduate Creative Writing as well as preparing you for study at doctoral level work.

More information

EL7024 -

Writing Portfolio (Core,60 Credits)

This module allows you to produce a cohesive body of your own work that expresses their own creative voice. The emphasis is on the production of a professionally presented portfolio of writing which demonstrates your awareness of the demands of the writing industry and the positioning of your own work in terms of the contemporary literary landscape. Against this background, teaching methods are designed to ensure that on successful completion of the module you will have had the experience of planning, researching and executing a large, independent project. You are encouraged, as appropriate, to pitch your work professionally. eg pitching to agents and submitting work for competition.

More information

EL7025 -

Writing Research (Optional,30 Credits)

The module develops the students’ understanding of the relationship between writing and research,preparing them towards doctoral study.

The aim of this module is to introduce and explore key theoretical approaches to writing creatively, enabling you to begin talking about your craft in critically engaged ways. You will also be introduced to the idea of contextualising your work in relation to both creative and critical traditions, and encouraged to formulate research questions in order to clarify and direct your projects. You will engage creatively and critically in appropriate independent research.

Topics covered include:
concepts and methods of advanced research in creative writing
planning and carrying out a postgraduate-level literature review
contextualising creative work in relation to creative and critical traditions
writing effective and critically engaged creative work
understanding the purpose of a research question and literature review
contextualising work with reference to a range of other critical and creative texts
understanding a chosen field of creative and/or critical literature.
producing creative work which engages productively with literary, theoretical, and critical contexts

More information

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

EF0126 -

Academic Language Skills in FADSS Level 7 (Optional,0 Credits)

The purpose of this module is to develop the participant’s ability in study skills and English language skills for academic purposes.

The module is designed to develop the participants as independent learners. The module is supported by a teaching and learning plan which outlines the formal sessions, together with the tutor-directed study and independent reading. An interactive approach to seminars will draw upon the directed learning undertaken and participants’ own experience of study skills. Directed learning will centre upon a range of activities including pre-reading, preparation for interactive activities and use of the discussion board on the e-learning platform.
Independent learning will focus upon the participants identifying those skills which they need to develop and understand through a range of learning activities that might include extended reading, and reflection. The sessions will attempt to follow the principles set out by the CEM model (Sloan and Porter, 2008)

More information

EL7010 -

Approaches to Writing (Optional,30 Credits)

On this module you will learn the basic techniques used in the writing of creative text. Through discussion and analysis of examples you will develop an understanding of different kinds of narrative structure and poetic form. This will form the basis for your development in reading as a writer. In the practice of drafting your own creative work, (in workshop exercises and in crafting and drafting your own creative work), you will learn how to research your projects, and also learn about the technical requirements of different forms of text, the creative process required to draft creative work, and the practice-based concepts and terminology involved in reflecting critically on your own creative practice. You will develop a practical understanding of how to offer critical feedback on your peers’ work and how to edit your own.

More information

EL7011 -

Creativity (Core,30 Credits)

This module will look at creativity in terms of four main areas: History, Psychology, Culture and Practice. The historical dimension will be a consideration of how creativity grew as a concept, particularly since the 18th-century. The second strand would look at psychological thinking about creativity, e.g. in the light of modern neuroscience. The third looks at ideas of creativity as expressed by practitioners in specific contexts, e.g. visual arts, music and literature, but also non-artistic areas such as science and business. The fourth strand places an emphasis on you exploring your own creativity through exercises and tasks, and ideas generated by themselves.

More information

EL7012 -

Experiments in Writing (Optional,30 Credits)

This module will concentrate on the ways in which writers have challenged, extended, and adopted for different purposes many of the more standard literary conventions. You will consider a range of texts in which authors have self-consciously experimented with, parodied, or departed from traditional narrative techniques in overtly ‘metafictional’ works. You will also engage with work that uses features of various literary genres in other modes, such as creative non-fiction, ‘new’ journalism, historiographical novels, the lyrical essay, and fictocriticism. Experimental poetry and script may also be included as you bring these experiments in form to bear on your own work with a view to opening it up to new possibilities. Exploring your writing through such radical play may not result in a commitment to an entirely experimental approach, but it will encourage an increased alertness to the significance of the creative forms in which you work.

More information

EL7020 -

Professional Practice: Writing in an Industry Context (Core,30 Credits)

This module focuses on the workings of the writing industry, aiming to provide you with an awareness of the knowledge required of a practitioner working in that industry. On successful completion of the module you will have gained an ability to edit work, write effectively within your chosen genre, and undertake research which allows you to understand the requirements of writing agencies and publishers. Guest speakers will give you an inside view of the writing industry. You will have an opportunity to meet writers, agents, publishers and other industry professionals. This will give you knowledge and insight that you can utilise to develop your own career in the industry.

More information

EL7023 -

Reading as a Writer (Optional,30 Credits)

This module introduces you to the interplay of writing and critical reading which is the basis of research in Creative Writing. By examining a series of creative, reflective and critical texts, the module will explore how creative and critical works can inform and underpin each other. It is designed to develop further the kinds of skills introduced in undergraduate Creative Writing as well as preparing you for study at doctoral level work.

More information

EL7024 -

Writing Portfolio (Core,60 Credits)

This module allows you to produce a cohesive body of your own work that expresses their own creative voice. The emphasis is on the production of a professionally presented portfolio of writing which demonstrates your awareness of the demands of the writing industry and the positioning of your own work in terms of the contemporary literary landscape. Against this background, teaching methods are designed to ensure that on successful completion of the module you will have had the experience of planning, researching and executing a large, independent project. You are encouraged, as appropriate, to pitch your work professionally. eg pitching to agents and submitting work for competition.

More information

EL7025 -

Writing Research (Optional,30 Credits)

The module develops the students’ understanding of the relationship between writing and research,preparing them towards doctoral study.

The aim of this module is to introduce and explore key theoretical approaches to writing creatively, enabling you to begin talking about your craft in critically engaged ways. You will also be introduced to the idea of contextualising your work in relation to both creative and critical traditions, and encouraged to formulate research questions in order to clarify and direct your projects. You will engage creatively and critically in appropriate independent research.

Topics covered include:
concepts and methods of advanced research in creative writing
planning and carrying out a postgraduate-level literature review
contextualising creative work in relation to creative and critical traditions
writing effective and critically engaged creative work
understanding the purpose of a research question and literature review
contextualising work with reference to a range of other critical and creative texts
understanding a chosen field of creative and/or critical literature.
producing creative work which engages productively with literary, theoretical, and critical contexts

More information

Study Options

The following alternative study options are available for this course:

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All information on this course page is accurate at the time of viewing.

Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of face to face and online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.

 

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