Creative Writing - MA
- Mode of study
- Full time, Part time
- Entry months
- September, January
- Duration of Study
- 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
- Subject Area
- FEES (2022/23 academic year)
- UK - FT £8,400, PT £4,600
- International - £16,800
The Keele MA in Creative Writing offers a distinctive and exciting opportunity to develop your creative and professional skills as a writer.
About the course
Working with published writers from within and outside the University, the Keele Writing MA offers participants an opportunity to improve their writing and to bring it up to publishable standard while learning more about the critical and intellectual context in which their work is situated.
Students on the Keele Writing MA also participate directly in the development and maintenance of the events, publications, workshops and short courses which constitute Keele's vibrant writing culture - typically through opting to gain experience in one of the areas in which writers often establish a secondary income – reviewing, editing and teaching.
You can study full-time or part-time for this MA. It is also possible to take short courses in Creative Writing, delivered as part of our MA programme, as well as Certificate and Diploma-level courses in the subject.
The course is delivered as three stand-alone taught modules. In addition students complete a Portfolio of original work. Students will have the opportunity to take any single module as a short course or to combine two modules and be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) or to complete four modules and receive a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits).
The contents of each module are summarised below:
The Writer as Critic, The Critic as Writer (30 Credits) is the core compulsory module, and looks at questions of influence, the critical process of reading other writers’ work and the cultural context in which a writer lives and works. Students will study contemporary examples of script, poetry and fiction.
Writing Fiction (30 Credits) is a workshop-based module option on writing short fiction and novels, with structured reading and peer/tutor feedback on your own writing.
Writing Poetry (30 Credits) is a workshop-based module option on writing poetry, with structured reading, discussion and peer/tutor feedback on your own writing.
Life Writing (30 Credits) is a workshop-based module option on forms of writing such as auto/biography and memoir.
The Writer in the Community (30 Credits) is a project-based module which offers students the opportunity to create and deliver a professional project of a type commonly undertaken by writers. Possible projects include: designing and delivering creative writing workshops; mentoring less experienced writers; steering a literary editing project; setting up and putting on a literary event; or creating a web-based literary resource.
The Portfolio (90 Credits) is the compulsory Dissertation-level module, taught through a series of individual supervisions. Students develop a portfolio of original writing to a professional standard through the production of either a complete piece of written work or a substantial part of a complete piece of written work, e.g: a collection of poetry; a collection of short stories; a short novel; or a substantial part of a longer novel.
Applicants will normaly be expected to have a good honours degree (normally 2.2 or above).
They will be required to submit a portfolio of work to the admissions tutor (usually the Programme Director). A high quality portfolio will take precedence over a first degree and may be taken as evidence of APEL. The portfolio should consist of 10-15 poems and/or 5,000-6,000 words of prose. If it is considered of sufficient quality, the admissions tutor will pass it on to one of the creative writing tutors specialising in the genre chosen by the applicant. That tutor will then recommend an interview, on which the final decision will be based. Up to 30 credits from a comparable programme my be taken as APCL.
Keele University is located on a beautiful campus and has all the facilities of a small town. Student accommodation, shops, restaurants and cafes are all within walking distance of the teaching buildings. This is a very cost effective way to live and to reduce your living costs.
SCHOLARSHIPS AND FUNDING
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It's important to plan carefully for your funding before you start your course. Please be aware that not all postgraduate courses are eligible for the UK government postgraduate loans and, in this case, you would be expected to source alternative funding yourself. If you need support researching your funding options, please contact our Financial Support Team.
Pursuing postgraduate study enhances students' employment prospects because it nurtures more advanced critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills, and communication skills than those developed through an undergraduate degree. Throughout the course we offer students the opportunity to reflect on the skills they are developing and, importantly, how they can articulate these skills in applications and interviews. We work closely with the university’s Careers and Employability Service to offer bespoke sessions on postgraduate employability throughout the academic year and students also have the option to complete a Work Placement module as part of their course.
Most graduate jobs do not require a specific degree as qualification which means our graduates go on to work in a wide range of careers from teaching to management consulting. However, our graduates typically go on to work in fields such as culture and heritage, education, marketing, communications, public relations, publishing, copywriting, and information management. A number of students also go on to complete PhDs at Keele and elsewhere.