Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, MA
Work with practising and published writers on this course that enables you to focus on creative writing, literary critical writing, or a combination of both.
Anna Saunders completed her Master's in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of Gloucestershire. Since then she has published five collections of poetry: Communion (Wild Conversations Press), Struck (Pindrop Press), Kissing the She Bear (Wild Conversations Press), Burne Jones and the Fox (Indigo Dreams) and Ghosting for Beginners ( Indigo Dreams).
Anna is also the founder of the Cheltenham Poetry Festival. Since the festival's launch in 2010, it has grown to become one the UK's most vibrant poetry festivals and was recently described by The Guardian as 'a poetry party with a healthy dose of anarchy'. Anna also runs poetry workshops and works as a creative writing mentor.
Unique opportunities in the classroom, and beyond.
Get involved in Cheltenham's many festivals, including the Poetry Festival and the world-famous Literature Festival.
Enjoy a varied teaching programme, including guest speakers and genre-specific critique workshops. This was a guest lecture by poet Roy McFarlane.
Use our industry links to find your best route to publication and get involved in publishing our own anthology, Show Don't Tell.
A stunning and atmospheric backdrop for studying.
Our Francis Close Hall campus has been part of our heritage for 150 years and provides a stunning and atmospheric backdrop for studying.
While it is just 10 minutes' walk from Cheltenham town centre, you will find everything you need on site, including a specialist library, café and shop.
On campus, we have established a close-knit and collaborative community, where students from a range of subjects can share and develop ideas, creating a student experience like no other.
Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing
"I'm the author of three novels and I'm now writing a non-fiction book about European history. I teach prose fundamentals, short story writing, and theory for writers. My first novel, Peace, Love, & Petrol Bombs, was a Sunday Herald Book of the Year for 2011 and it has been recorded as an audio book. My experimental second novel, The Deconstruction of Professor Thrub made the judges' longlist for the Goldsmith's Prize. I also write short fiction, and my story The Invitation was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize.
I was a postgraduate student at the University of Gloucestershire myself, and it transformed my life. I knew I wanted to write a book but the MA gave me the time to work, the discipline to work and the technical know-how to transform my life experiences and stories into publishable fiction. I also now run a writing advice website."
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Join Claire as she enters - and wins - a flash fiction event at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival.
The MA in Creative and Critical Writing has been designed so that students can choose a path through the degree which focuses either on creative or literary critical writing, or a combination of both.
You will work with practising authors, poets, and playwrights, as well as leaders in the field of literary criticism, to develop your own distinctive voice. You will develop as a writer in the world, not only in the classroom, and will be advised on routes to publication. Modules with a more academic focus allow you 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 in the UK 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 chance to become a writer prepared for the modern professional arenas in which you may find yourself.
There are opportunities to attend The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, Ledbury Poetry Festival, the Cheltenham Poetry Festival where our students volunteer as event managers and stewards and there is usually a student showcase event, and Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts. There are monthly public open readings, and there is a vibrant cultural life in Cheltenham and the surrounding county.
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Assessment is through coursework and presentations.
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