Postgraduate study
English

MA Creative Writing (Distance Learning)

This is an exciting, supportive and non-residency online course that offers you the opportunity to develop your writing practice at the times that work for you, wherever you are in the world.

Course information

Full-time

  • within 1 year

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Part-time

  • 2 years

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  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 342308

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  • On video

    Everything you need to write

    Dr Sophie Nicholls, Teesside University's MA Creative Writing lecturer, on fitting your writing into your busy life.

    Everything you need to write

    Alex Robertson is delighted with his experience studying MA Creative Writing at Teesside University

  • Facilities

    English and history at Teesside

    Teesside University library has an impressive collection of relevant material which is continually renewed. Study history and you can access the North East Film Archive and a comprehensive Green Archive.

 

Please note that this course is now closed to applications for 2017 and will open for 2018 applications from September.

We understand how difficult it can be to find the space and structure to develop your writing - this course makes it easy for you to adapt your weekly studies to your personal circumstances. This course is taught throughout by tutors who are both practicing creative writers and experienced teachers of creative writing at postgraduate level. The emphasis is on developing practical writing skills and techniques whilst gaining an understanding of your own work within a critical context and framework. The course consists of four 30-credit taught modules plus the Creative Writing Project (60 credit), which is the final portfolio of your creative writing. Each module offers you opportunities to experiment and develop your interests, whether these are in prose fiction, poetry, creative life writing, dramatic writing and screen writing or in using writing to work with people in personal and professional development and healthcare settings. For more information, take a look at our module descriptions. This course is available to all international applicants. Individual modules can be taken on a stand-alone basis.If you apply for this course, you must submit a portfolio of your creative writing of up to and no more than 2,000 words in any one or two forms or genres, for example poetry, prose fiction, life writing, screen writing. Please include this portfolio in your online application.

Course structure

Core modules

Core Skills and Techniques

This introductory module allows you to explore and express your ideas in a supportive environment. Weekly topics cover poetry, prose fiction, creative non-fiction and dramatic writing with an emphasis on developing your confidence, identifying your core strengths and interests, and extending your skills and knowledge. You consider key concepts such as form, style, register, audience and genre. You also gain skills and experience in crafting, redrafting and editing, helping you to work more effectively and respond to the work of others. You also gain skills in advanced critical and reflective practices, helping you develop your technical analysis and understanding your own creative work. By the end of this module, you will have established or further developed a regular creative writing practice. You will have learned new techniques and approaches that will help you continue to develop as a writer.

Creative Writing Project

This project draws together the learning and development you have gained throughout the course. You complete this independent research project under the supervision of your tutor. With regular guidance and support you develop an initial project proposal outlining your key aims and objectives, and work this into a final portfolio of creative writing (in any form or genre), of publishable standard. You also produce an accompanying reflective and critical analysis of your work. This forms your final submission for the master’s award.

The Professional Writer in the World

Unique to our approach at Teesside is our emphasis on helping you develop the skills you need to present your work professionally. We explore the nuts and bolts of selling a manuscript or idea, the distinctions between writing online and for print, how to find an agent, the world of self-publishing, and how to make an income as a writer. We help you gain the knowledge and skills needed to market your writing through readings and workshop sessions; or to develop your work with others by creating and delivering professional workshop materials and by developing and extending your writing facilitation and mentoring skills. If you are already a teacher or writing facilitator, this is an opportunity to reflect on your practice and develop it, drawing on an evidence-based framework that can be used in personal and professional development, community, therapy, coaching and healthcare settings.

Writing and the Self

This module explores the connections between creativity, writing and the self. You reflect on the idea of the self in the writing process and use key ideas and theories drawn from literary autobiography, life writing, narrative theory and the psychology of creativity to develop your work and process. This module enables you to let go of any unhelpful self-concepts about yourself as a writer that may be getting in the way of you producing imaginative work. Ideas explored in this module often help people overcome blocks, access greater fluidity and flexibility in their writing, develop imaginatively and creatively, and rediscover the sheer pleasure of the writing process. You explore approaches such as writing the body, fictionalising from self-experience, objectifying and shaping the stories of our lives on the page and exploring personal metaphor. Concepts such as personal truth, inner dialogue and helpful distance allow you to deepen your writing and gain a clearer sense of what it feels like to be the writer you need to be.

Writing Specialisms

In this module you learn more about your chosen area of interest in terms of form, genre and audience. Working with a tutor who is a practising writer in your chosen area, you gain in-depth knowledge of the techniques and approaches needed to develop your skills. You select ONE from:

(i) Poetry for Publishing and Performance
(ii) Forming Fictions
(iii) Writing into Dramatic Space
(iv) Active Screenwriting

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

The course is taught by distance learning. There is no requirement to attend classes at a set time. You can access the course space and complete the coursework at times that work best for you.

Each taught module will consist of eight weekly units. Each unit will usually consist of:

  • a short introductory video, in which your tutor introduces the week’s key themes
  • writing prompts and exercises
  • supporting materials, reading questions and suggestions for further reading and research to discuss in the discussion forum
  • a dedicated private space to workshop your ideas and writing-in-progress with the tutor and fellow students.

You will also receive help, support and feedback on your work directly from the tutor, both through the online course space and by email.

You don't need to be a technology expert to take this course. All you need is a PC, laptop or tablet to access the course materials and forum and share your writing with the tutors and your peers.

How you are assessed

Each taught 30-credit module is assessed against clear learning outcomes through written assignments, usually consisting of both creative work and some critical or reflective work. In addition to the taught modules, you produce a final project (60 credits) in your chosen form and genre.

Career opportunities

MA Creative Writing graduates go on to a wide choice of professions and careers. Apart from the more obvious routes of publishing, editing and freelance writing, many work in the wider creative industries (television, journalism, new media) or in workplaces that require advanced writing skills in the workplace.

The practical and flexible design of the course means that it is also highly suited to teachers wishing to up-skill their portfolios in relation to the new Creative Writing A level; writers developing their teaching and workshopping skills to work in the community; and those using writing in therapy, healthcare and other professional settings.

If your job has a requirement to work on live briefs and projects with an imaginative or research element, you will also find the transferable skills offered by this MA a natural fit.

Although the course will help you if you want to develop a career using writing, many students take our MA to extend their skills for their own personal development and fulfilment.

Entry requirements

You should normally have an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline or other relevant experience - or equivalent qualifications. Our tutors will be happy to discuss entry requirements with you.

Please provide a portfolio of your creative writing of up to and no more than 2,000 words in any one or two forms or genres, for example poetry, prose fiction, life writing, screen writing. Please include this portfolio in your online application.

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

Course information

Full-time

  • within 1 year

More full-time details

Part-time

  • 2 years

More part-time details

  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 342308

Contact details

Further information