Transform your passion for reading into the ability to produce prose worthy of public recognition. Whatever your genre of preference, be it literary fiction, nonfiction, or the likes of fantasy, mystery or romance – you will have the opportunity to hone your creative writing skills and discover the techniques seminal writers have used to significant effect: push your creative boundaries and give shape to a strong and original creative voice expand your knowledge of the literary canon and acquire the art of reading as a literary writer gain an in-depth knowledge of structure which will help you towards a deeper understanding of your writing process become conversant with a range of textual elements such as the use of dialogue, point of view, perspective and sensory detail and apply learned technique to your preferred writing genre take your place within the international creative writing community. Critique the work of others and engender the view of published writers as colleagues from who you can learn develop your practice as a creative writer, understand the editing and re-drafting process necessary to produce prose of a publishable standard.
This masters degree allows you to develop your confidence and craft as a writer within a supportive, creative environment. You study the following compulsory modules. The Writer's Craft (30 credits) Because writing takes fire in the readers' mind, in this module, you will examine a wide range of literary works. Focusing primarily on textual elements including; sentence length and flow, perspective, choices of tense you will develop an understanding of how writers achieve their effects. Presented with sections of exemplary writing, you will move from your own visceral responses (e.g., excitement, intrigue, fear) to tracking how the writer deploys elements of craft to trigger desired emotions and atmosphere. Writing the short story (30 credits) Short stories allow emerging writers to complete narrative arcs and establish a reputation through published works before tackling the longer form of a novel. In this module not only will you develop an appreciation of short stories from a range of international writers, but you will take the short story form and make it your own. Note that this module will also cover two sub-genres within the form; micro-fiction and flash fiction. Writing from Life (30 credits) This module will introduce you to a wide range of nonfiction prose with a particular focus on travel writing, the essay, memoir, nature writing, and true-crime. You will produce your portfolio of work while practising a range of narrative nonfiction forms within a supportive, peer-driven environment. Writing the novel (30 credits) What is it about an opening chapter of a novel that makes it virtually impossible to put it down? Throughout this module, you will improve upon your novel writing skills. The critique of your writing in a workshop setting will help you develop a keen awareness of narrative and narration along with a deep understanding of archetypes as an essential part of storytelling. As you develop plot and structure, you will employ editing and redrafting techniques to produce work you are proud to publish. The Writer's Portfolio (60 credits) Creative writing is a rewarding process which requires immense personal discipline. In this module, you will receive guidance on how to structure your writing practice in this respect. Your prose portfolio (up to 15,000 words) represents the culmination of your MA Creative Writing programme. Here you will demonstrate your originality of ideas, grasp of technique and craft, presenting a unique and accomplished body of work to a publishable or near publishable standard.
All assessments for the course are based on coursework and submitted online. There are no exams. Your performance on the course will be assessed through a range of methods including ongoing tutor and peer feedback practical work, including group projects and discussion forums You’ll also be asked to complete a variety of written assessments including Critical and creative responses, where you provide examples of crafting skills in work that interests you, and then provide short writing samples that utilise those techniques in your own work Prose portfolios, comprising one or two pieces of original work Commentary pieces, describing your ambitions and intent for your prose portfolios
How to apply
If you require a student visa to study or if your first language is not English you must provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level. This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. See other accepted English language proficiency qualifications. If your English currently does not reach the required standard, you may be interested in our pre-sessional English Language programmes. Visit your country page to find out more about entry requirements.
A minimum 2.2 Bachelor Honours degree or international equivalent. Applicants who do not meet this requirement may still be considered, but will need to present examples of relevant published work with their application A creative writing sample (fiction or non-fiction) of 1,500 to 2,000 words A personal statement of around 300-500 words. Click here for details of what should be included One professional or academic reference
Fees and funding
|Republic of Ireland||£10300||Whole course|
|Northern Ireland||£10300||Whole course|
|Channel Islands||£10300||Whole course|
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