This programme has run successfully for over ten years, making it one of the longest-established creative writing Masters courses in Britain. Its distinctive, broad-based approach makes it an ideal choice for students moving directly to an MA from their undergraduate degrees. While it allows those who have previously studied creative writing to develop and explore, it also offers an excellent grounding to students whose first degrees were in other disciplines.Entry RequirementsThis is a Master's course designed to prepare you for a career as a professional writer. We expect applicants to have a good honours degree or equivalent professional experience. Usually, applicants to this programme who do not have a degree in English or Creative Writing have taken courses such as those offered by the Open Universityhttp://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/a215/index.html or the Arvon Foundationhttp://www.arvonfoundation.org/p1.html or have attended private writing workshops. You should be able to show that you have developed your writing and your understanding of literature through private study.
To apply, complete the postgraduate application form (link above) and submit it with a sample of your fiction writing of between two and five thousand words which you feel demonstrates appropriate ability and commitment. International applicants with an IELTS score of 7.5 or higher are also welcome.
Applicants of appropriate standard will then be invited to an interview. Interviews are arranged in April and August. Applications made during or after August for the forthcoming academic year can be considered in exceptional circumstances.Course AimsOur MA will appeal to people who wish to develop their writing skills across several disciplines and who want to learn how to support their own writing with careers in the creative industries.Course ContentWe start by concentrating on the main strategies of prose fiction under the expert guidance of acclaimed novelists on our staff, including Professor Fay Weldon, Celia Brayfield and Matt Thorne. While the Novel MA is tightly focused on fiction in its second term, Creative and Professional Writing offers a more inclusive syllabus with modules on screen and feature writing, creative writing in education, in community projects and arts administration. These are taught by experts in the field including Max Kinnings and Dr Andrew Green, Senior Lecturer in Education.
The Creative Writing Programme at Brunel works closely with the creative industries and a number of guest speakers from these professions, including literary festivals, book groups and the Arts Council, give lectures and masterclasses. This wide-reaching approach is continued by the independent project of the third term.
The four taught modules are followed by the preparation of a creative or professional writing dissertation, which is a 20,000 word portfolio of work in one of the fields studied accompanied by a critical commentary. ModulesElements of FictionIn this module you will analyse and explore the different elements of fiction. Each week the teaching session will begin by a discussion by one of your lecturers on a specific aspect of fiction writing. You will then divide into workshop groups and continue to explore the topic in presentations and seminar discussion of the books set the previous week. After a short break, the students will respond to each others’ writing in a workshop setting.Theories of PracticeAn advanced study of literary theory assessed by a creative piece and a critical essay.Feature JournalismA short course in feature journalism leading to the production of a collection of feature articles.Screenwriting
A short course leading to the writing of a portfolio of screenwriting.Creative Writing in Education and Creative Writing in the CommunityTwo career-focused courses that encourage students to apply their expertise. You will study the teaching of creative writing and arts administration applied to community initiatives such as literary festivals, reading and writing groups.Exploring Poetry**Subject to approvalDissertationYou will be able to work one-to-one with your Dissertation Tutor to prepare a writing project of 20,000 words in one of the disciplines studied over the course. Recent examples of dissertations by students taking this course include:
A Scottish bildungsroman set in Aberdeen and Edinburgh
Portfolio of articles about medicine
A collection of short stories about life in rural India
Successful completion of the course leads to the award of MA. If you only complete part of the course you can still gain a postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma. CareersThe programme equips students with the skills necessary to go forward to careers in the creative industries, including publishing, film or TV, journalism or arts administration. It is an excellent basis for those who wish to teach creative writing.