MA Creative Writing
- 1 year
- Enrolment date: October
- Mondays 6pm-9pm
- Minimum 2 years
- Enrolment date: October
Creative writers express thoughts, feelings and emotions through words and have the ability to inform, provoke, captivate, inspire and move. You approach creative writing from a variety of perspectives – including fiction, poetry, screenwriting and drama – to explore how writers operate and how you can become an independent writer.
Drawing on our pool of talented, published writers and academics, you accumulate credit towards your chosen award at your own pace. You study towards a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or, on completion of a full writing project, a master’s degree. This highly successful course also offers the chance to learn how to teach creative writing in schools or in the community.
Professional Preparation Master’s Scheme Award
The Arts and Humanities Research Council have recognised the excellence of MA Creative Writing at Teesside by offering a Professional Preparation Master’s Scheme Award to one full-time student every year from 2011-2013. This award is worth £8,845 (at 2011 rates) plus payment of course fees, provides a fully-funded opportunity to prepare for professional design practice to an advanced level. If you wish to be considered for this award you must first apply and be offered a place on MA Creative Writing and also complete the AHRC studentship application.
AHRC studentship application (word -70kb)
What you study
One core module lays the foundation for skills and techniques in creative writing, while another addresses writing for career development. Option modules make use of imaginative writing, creative visualisation and commentary elements to cover such topics as writing novels and short stories, working with poetry and lyrics, producing copy for drama and performance, scriptwriting for film and screen, and teaching creative writing. Some modules involve traditional seminars and workshops, but many incorporate a negotiated learning element.
How you learn
You typically write in a workshop-based environment, with access to the Writer’s Lounge and the resources housed within the Creative Writing Centre. Learning is largely portfolio driven, with twice-weekly timetabled groups and tutorials to support the learning process. As an enterprising, self-motivated student you work both independently and collaboratively with your peers using the extensive resources and facilities available to you. You are encouraged to reflect upon your own learning in the context of career development and the opportunities open to you.
How you are assessed
Your achievement is assessed mainly through project and portfolio work, including evidence of the research and development process as well as the production and presentation of draft work and peer assessment. Other assessment methods include written reports, presentations, oral performances and reflective commentaries.
Typically graduates go on to roles in freelance writing, teaching, publishing, arts and humanities, media, performance and/or the creative industries.
Applicants should normally have a good undergraduate degree in English or a related discipline, or have other writing experience or equivalent qualifications.
For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section
International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country
- School of Arts & Media facilities The School of Arts & Media enjoys purpose-built, industry-standard facilities including 4,000m2 of studio space, a convergent newsroom, broadcast news studio, multimedia publishing studios and computer suites. (5 mins)
- Bob Beagrie and Andy Willoughby's Sampo Sampo is a themed collection of poems which has been performed at a number of prestigious international venues. (3 mins)
More information and courses in English
and three optional modules from a range including
- Active Screenwriting
- Forming Fictions
- Poetry for Publishing and Performance
- Writing for Professional Development
- Writing into Dramatic Space
Modules offered may vary.