Creative writing staff in a social gathering

Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time

Campus

Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

You will work with practising and published writers to hone your craft and concentrate on your specific genre.

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.

Typical modules:

  • Analysing the Creative Process
  • Teaching Creative Writing
  • Triggering and Developing the Creative Process
  • Theory Studies
  • Employment Focused Research Project

Study style

Coursework and presentations.

Entry requirements

Entry is by portfolio assessment, and you will be required to submit a portfolio of 3000 words of creative prose (e.g., a short story or novel extract) or 12 poems or 30 minutes of dramatic writing in standard format. Applicants normally require at least a 2:2 honours degree or equivalent; however, applicants will be considered on an individual basis in conjunction with their portfolio submission.   International students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent.

Details of tuition fees when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.

Careers

  • Writer
  • Editor
  • Teacher of Creative Writing

Programme specifications

Taught by practising published writers and offers a combination of creative and academic perspectives.
There are opportunities to attend The Cheltenham International Literature Festival, Ledbury Poetry Festival and The Hay Festival to complement your learning from academic modules.
Internships are available on the 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.

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