Creative and Critical Writing (Postgraduate Certificate / Postgraduate Diploma / MA)

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Creative and Critical Writing

Postgraduate Certificate,Postgraduate Diploma,MA

Creative. Critical. Combined.

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.

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Become a Writer in the World

Unique opportunities in the classroom, and beyond.

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Get involved in Cheltenham's many festivals, including the Poetry Festival and the world-famous Literature Festival.

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Learn from published writers

Michael D. D. Johnstone

Michael D. D. Johnstone

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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Course Details

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Course outline

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.

Modules:

  • Creative Projects
  • Critical History
  • Teaching Creative Writing
  • Theory Studies
  • Popular Culture
  • Genre Studies
  • Creativity

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Study style

Assessment is through coursework and presentations.

Course modules

Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course.

Careers

  • Writer - many of our students have gone on to successfully publish in journal and 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.
  • Community Arts Management – some of our students have gone on to run community arts organisations

Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time

Campus

Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Entry requirements

  • At least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent
  • You will be required to submit a portfolio
  • EU and international students need IELTS 6.0 overall (no less than 5.5 in any band) or equivalent

Applications from mature students can be considered on the basis of a portfolio and reference.

Fees

Fees - 2018/19 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £6300
Postgraduate Diploma £4200
Postgraduate Certificate £2100
International Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £13840
Postgraduate Diploma £9250
Postgraduate Certificate £4600

The fee displayed is the total course fee for full-time or part-time study. Please refer to the Tuition Fee and Bursary Policy for payment methods and timescales.