This course is designed across three semesters, with each class intended to develop not just the skills aspiring writers need, but the right skills at the right stage in their development. The structure of the MLitt gives writers the freedom to pursue their chosen forms and genres in terms of their creative work, while providing guidance and support in an academic context too. The staff team aim for a collegiate, supportive atmosphere – we aren’t just a writing course, we’re a writing community. Ranked 3rd in the UK for English (Times Good University Guide 2023) Strathclyde staff can offer specialist tuition in a wide range of genres including:
- contemporary fiction & non-fiction
- historical fiction & fiction for young adults
Full-time structure: Compulsory classes: The Shape of Stories, The Writing Life, Research Skills in the Humanities, The Made Project, The Major Project. Optional classes (two to be chosen): Advanced Topics in Creative Writing, Contemporary Scottish Cultural Studies, Transcultural Fandom & British Popular Culture: Reading & Writing in Online Communities, Fleshy Histories: Meat Eating & Meat Avoidance, 1500 to the Present, English & Creative Writing Research Placement, Queer & Anticolonial Health Part-time structure: First Year: 1 Semester 1 class plus 2 Semester 2 classes Second Year: 2 Semester 1 classes plus 1 Semester 2 class + The Major Project in Semester 3 Or First Year: 2 Semester 1 classes plus 1 Semester 2 class Second Year: 1 Semester 1 class plus 2 Semester 2 classes + The Major Project in Semester 3 Each 20 credit module (all but the 60-credit Major Project at the end of the course, Semester 3, second year of the part-time route) is 200 hours of study, 20 of which are class time. The rest of the time is reading, research, and writing assignments. All classes are currently scheduled for weekdays, between 9am and 5pm, though in each Semester classes almost exclusively take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Optional modules may take place at other times.
You'll submit creative work for formal assessment in each of the core workshops. This will take the form of short fiction, poetry or playwriting, depending on the student's chosen area of specialisation. The creative writing skills project will involve students selecting a topic covered during the skills workshop and developing a project in discussion with tutors on a one-to-one basis. The form of assessment for this component will be dictated by the nature of the skills project. The final dissertation will take the form of an extended piece of creative writing (fiction, poetry or playwriting) and build on work developed in one of the two creative writing workshops. It will be developed in discussion with tutors on a one-to-one basis.
An upper second-class Honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject. The submission of a satisfactory entry portfolio of creative writing. This should include the following: - 2,000 words of prose (fiction or creative non-fiction) - up to 10 poems (no more than 40 lines in length) - the page equivalent of a short, fifteen-minute play, - an outline of creative work you might develop in the course of the degree, possibly in the context of the dissertation (no more than two A4 pages) - an outline of creative work you might develop in the course of the degree, possibly in the context of the dissertation (no more than two A4 pages)
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