Postgraduate Certificate/Postgraduate Diploma/MA
On the MA in Creative and Critical Writing, you will work with practising and published writers to hone your craft and concentrate on your specific genre.
Our staff will help you develop your own distinctive voice and advise on possible avenues to publication. In addition, modules with a more academic focus offer you the opportunity to engage with literary theory and academic studies of influential writers' work.
This highly successful MA in Creative and Critical Writing was one of the first to offer modules dedicated to the theory and practice of teaching creative writing and the theoretical and practical analysis of the creative process. These options complement the creative and critical strands of the degree and offer you the opportunity to become a writer prepared for the modern professional arenas in which you may find yourself.
There are opportunities to attend The Cheltenham International Literature Festival, Ledbury Poetry Festival, The Hay Festival, and opportunities for internships on Iota poetry journal, one of the best respected journals in the UK, which is edited by staff and postgraduate students from the creative writing programme. There are monthly public open readings, and a vibrant cultural life in Cheltenham and the surrounding county. The area has a rich literary heritage and Bristol, Stratford-Upon-Avon, and Oxford are less than an hour away.
Our students have gone on to careers as published writers, editors, arts administrators and teachers of creative writing. Come and be part of our success story.
- Analysing the Creative Process
- Teaching Creative Writing
- Triggering and Developing the Creative Process
- Theory Studies
- Employment Focused Research Project
- taught by practising published writers
- offers a combination of creative and academic perspectives
- offers study of creativity and the teaching of creative writing
- Writer - many of our students have gone on to successfully publish in journals and several in book form
- Editor - a number of our graduates now work in publishing and on journals in an editorial role
- Teacher of Creative Writing - several of our students have gone on to teach or have enhanced their own practice
How will the course be assessed?
Coursework and presentations.
- you will need at least a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent
- you will be required to submit a portfolio assessment
- international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent
Full-time / Part-time with day and evening attendance
Francis Close Hall
Enquiries and Applications
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