This challenging, practice-based course will lift you as a writer, offering you a unique approach emphasising innovation and experimentation, and encouraging you to develop your best and most authentic work. You will graduate with the skills required for professional practice in the creative writing industry.
Why study Creative Writing at Kent
- A wide range of expertise: Teaching is delivered by practising, award-winning writers with a wide range of experience. We bring expertise in the industry to our teaching and research.
- Make your voice heard: Be at the forefront of debate in our lively, confident, and engaged research community
- Join a new generation of critical thinkers: Develop your own critique of a culture in crisis and sharpen your critical language
- A vibrant academic community: Join a lively, diverse community committed to high-quality literary fiction and exciting contemporary poetry.
- Share your work: Join regular open mic nights, or get involved in Canterbury’s lively poetry scene. You can publish your work in the biannual Kent Review.
- Choose your location: The Creative Writing MA can also be studied at our Paris centre or with your year shared between Canterbury and Paris.
What you’ll learn
You are encouraged to try new approaches and to work across poetry, fiction, non-fiction, TV drama, or even translation. In your course you’ll read a wide variety of texts, share ideas in collaborative workshops, deepen your understanding of form and technique, experiment and develop your own ideas and those of your fellow writers. You can specialise from the start.
We take a rigorous and creative approach to enable you to develop your ideas, voice and craft. We understand that the most ambitious work takes time and we support you as you develop your own style. We can help you discover how to make your writing more effective, and learn how to assess your work professionally.
Knowledge and understanding
You will gain knowledge and understanding of:
- key texts from contemporary British, American, postcolonial and world literatures
- the main aspects of literary techniques and theory in either fiction or poetry, including point of view, form, style, voice, characterisation, structure and theme
- key literary traditions and movements, both contemporary and historical
- terminology used in literary criticism
- terminology used in creative practice
- the cultural and historical contexts in which literature is written, published and read
- critical theory and its applications to both reading and writing
- the study and creation of the ‘text’ and how this is influenced by cultural factors
- inter- and multidisciplinary approaches to the advanced practice of creative and critical writing
- research methods.
You develop intellectual skills in:
- the application of the skills needed for advanced academic study and enquiry
- the evaluation of your research findings
- the ability to synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding of theory and/or practice
- the ability to make discriminations and selections of relevant information from a wide source and large body of knowledge
- exercise of problem-solving skills
- communication of complex ideas in prose, poetry or both
You gain subject-specific skills in:
- advanced creative writing skills in prose, poetry or both.
- the ability to produce work with ambition, depth, intellectual structure, sophistication, scope, independence and importance
- the ability to sustain a piece of creative work and make choices about form, content and style
- understanding of a ‘whole’ in creative practice (whether this is a novel, a collection of poems or short stories or some other advanced project)
- the ability to present creative writing professionally, both orally and in writing, demonstrating an awareness and understanding of current practice
- an advanced understanding of literary themes
- enhanced skills in the close critical analysis of literary and other texts
- informed critical understanding of the variety of critical and theoretical approaches to the study of texts and source materials
- an ability to articulate knowledge and understanding of texts, concepts and theories relating to advanced English or cultural studies
- well-developed linguistic skills, including a grasp of standard critical terminology
- appropriate scholarly practice in the presentation of formal written work
- an understanding of how cultural norms and assumptions influence questions of judgement
You will gain the following transferable skills:
- advanced skills in communication, in speech and writing
- the ability to offer and receive constructive criticism
- the capacity to argue a point of view, orally and in written form, with clarity, organisation and cogency
- enhanced confidence in the efficient presentation of ideas
- the ability to assimilate, organise and work with substantial quantities of complex information
- competence in the planning and execution of coursework
- the capacity for independent thought, reasoned judgement, and self-criticism
- enhanced skills in collaborative intellectual and creative work
- the ability to understand, interrogate and apply a variety of theoretical and/or creative positions and weigh the importance of alternative approaches
- research skills, including scholarly information retrieval skills
- IT: word-processing, the ability to access electronic data and the ability to work efficiently and effectively in an online learning environment
This programme aims to:
- provide you with the opportunity to obtain a postgraduate qualification (MA) in one year, and to allow you, if required, a smooth transition to doctoral studies
- extend and deepen your understanding of your own writing practice through coursework and research
- enable you to develop an historical awareness of literary and creative writing traditions
- develop your independent critical thinking and judgement
- develop your independent creative thinking and practice
- develop your understanding and critical appreciation of the expressive resources of language
- enable you to make connections across your various modules and transfer knowledge between modules
- provide you with teaching, workshops and other learning opportunities that are informed by current research and practice and that require you to engage with aspects of work and practice at the frontiers of knowledge.