Creative Writing, (MA)

Newcastle University the United Kingdom

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The award
MA

How long you will study
12 months

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How you will study
full-time

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About Creative Writing, at Newcastle University

Our courses allow you to advance your creative ability through practice, discussion and revision. You will further your awareness of writing processes, professional writing and publishing. Our staff have received national and international recognition for their work. You will work with them to prepare creative work for submission and publication.

Our courses provide a unique opportunity to develop and hone your creative writing skills. We teach creative writing in four strands:

  • prose writing
  • poetry
  • scriptwriting, with a unique emphasis on writing for radio
  • creative non-fiction, with a unique emphasis on memoir writing, essay writing and biography

The courses will introduce you to a wide range of subjects and areas in which writers are working professionally. You will build your awareness and broaden your knowledge of writing opportunities. You will also consider ways of matching your skills to jobs.

You will explore the many ways in which writing is produced, distributed and promoted to audiences. Our guest speakers are practitioners and/or associated with the world of publishing and performance. Working with them, you will explore the roles and importance of:

  • agents
  • editors
  • reviewers
  • social media
  • new technology in contemporary publishing

The Newcastle Centre for Literary Arts (NCLA) offers you the opportunity to get involved in our writing community. Our readings and events feature poets, playwrights and novelists. Past speakers include:

  • Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Val McDermid
  • Seamus Heaney

Delivery

At the centre of courses are writing workshops. We offer workshops in:

  • prose
  • poetry
  • scriptwriting
  • creative non-fiction

All our classes take place in the early evening.

You will develop your creative writing through our taught sessions and individual consultations. Our small seminar groups and one to one supervision gives you close contact with your tutors, who are all writing practitioners.

Those who complete the PGCert can choose to transfer to the second year of our part time MA.

Facilities

The School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics is a lively and diverse community with over 700 undergraduates and 200 postgraduates.

We are based in the Percy Building where the majority of your seminars and tutorials will take place. Our purpose-built postgraduate suite includes several dedicated computer clusters, meeting rooms, a kitchen and lounge area.

You also have access to the award-winning Robinson Library, which has an extensive audio-visual collection.

Study options for this course

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  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
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  • The awardMAHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study24 months
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  • The awardPG CertHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
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Notes about fees for this course

See our course fees and funding webpage - http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/creative-writing-ma-pgcert/#fees&funding 

Entry requirements

Usually a 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a related subject such as:

  • creative writing
  • English literature
  • drama
  • screenwriting.

We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with lower or non-standard qualifications. Along with your application you will be asked to submit examples of your creative writing, either two short stories, six poems or a script.

Those who complete the PGCert can choose to transfer to the second year of our part time MA. 

International Students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 10 English Language requirements:

Direct Entry: IELTS 7.0 overall (with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 6.0 in all other sub-skills)

Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.

The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.

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