The Creative Writing programme at Glasgow has gained an excellent reputation amongst writers, agents and publishers. It is perfect for talented and aspiring writers who want to develop their craft, take risks in their work, and gain creative and critical skills; all as part of a supportive community of fellow writers. WHY THIS PROGRAMME Our postgraduate taught and research-led writing courses are among the most challenging and popular in Britain, and have helped launch the career of a number of successful writers including Anne Donovan, Louise Welsh and Rodge Glass, to name but a few. We invite a range of guest speakers who can offer inspiration and advice to you, including authors, poets, journalists, publishers, editors, literary judges and playwrights. You can find information on previous guest speakers by visiting our creative writing subject page. We have strong links with literary agents and publishers, and an impressive number of our graduates are published and acclaimed authors. PROGRAMME STRUCTURE The MLitt in Creative Writing is directed at those who are already engaged in writing. The programme’s clear three-part structure, focused on creative, critical and practical issues, distinguishes it from others offered in the UK. The programme structure covers: Semester 1 CREATIVE WRITING: CRAFT AND EXPERIMENTATION 1 CREATIVE WRITING: EDITING AND PUBLICATION 1 CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP CREATIVE WRITING PORTFOLIO (PGT) Semester 2 CREATIVE WRITING: CRAFT AND EXPERIMENTATION 2 CREATIVE WRITING: EDITING AND PUBLICATION 2 CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP CREATIVE WRITING PORTFOLIO (PGT) Creative Conversations and other visiting speakers, which are not courses, also run through both semesters. These courses have been developed to: encourage you to experiment with a range of voices, techniques and genres alongside a consideration of major creative and editorial engagements from the modern through the contemporary period provide a space to undertake extended portfolios of creative and editorial work familiarise you with the writing context (audience, publishing in all its forms, the legal framework, modes of transmission); help you develop a critical understanding of diverse creative, theoretic and critical texts through consideration of major creative and editorial engagements in modern and contemporary writing help you develop the discipline of regular writing by providing a stimulating workshop and tutorial environment in which writing skills can be acquired, discussed and honed Your portfolio, consisting of fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, or script-writing, is at the heart of the summative assessment. Glasgow is a city known for its culture and our students are involved in festivals, events, radio and literary magazines.
You will normally have a 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent), though this is not a pre-requisite. The primary basis for admission is the appraisal of a portfolio of your creative work. You submit a portfolio of original work (poetry, fiction, life-writing or other prose, drama, and in some instances a portfolio of work in or of translation). A maximum of 20 pages (one side only, double spaced throughout) per submission will be considered, and the portfolio can contain prose, verse, script, or a combination of these. We also require two letters of reference. Your referees should include an academic and a creative referee where possible. Where this is not possible, you can provide referees from other areas who can vouch that you are who you say you are and that your work and achievements are your own. It is particularly helpful if these referees are familiar with your writing and can provide references on that basis.
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