Postgraduate study
English & Creative Writing

MA Creative Writing

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, life writing and drama – to explore how writers operate and how you can become an independent writer.

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Full-time

  • within 1 year

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2019 entry

Part-time

  • 2 years

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2019 entry

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Drawing on our pool of talented, published writers and academics, you accumulate credit towards your chosen award at your own pace. This highly successful course also offers the chance to learn how to teach creative writing in schools or in the community.This programme is campus-based and taught by blended learning, with some face-to-face sessions and some taught online. You may also be interested in our MA Creative Writing (Distance Learning) which is taught entirely online.

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 campus-based course is taught by blended learning - a mix of face-to-face classroom sessions and distance learning. The classroom sessions are held on Tuesday evenings from 6.00pm - 9.00pm.

The distance learning elements are not taught at a set time. You can access the course space and complete the coursework at times that work best for you. The distance learning sessions usually consist of a short introductory video, in which your tutor introduces the week’s key themes, followed by writing prompts and exercises, together with supporting materials, reading questions and suggestions for further reading and research to discuss in the discussion forum. There is also a dedicated private space to workshop your ideas and writing-in-progress with the tutor and fellow students.

You don't need to be a technology expert to benefit from this aspect of the 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.

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 of 2.2 or above in English, creative writing or a cognate discipline. Other relevant experience or equivalent qualifications are considered on an individual basis. Our tutors will be happy to discuss entry requirements with you,

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

Health conditions requiring adjustments

For this particular course, you may need to undertake an occupational health or work-based risk assessment check. If you have a disability, specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism spectrum condition, sensory impairment or medical condition that may require reasonable adjustments during an external placement, in the university or in a clinical practice area, this must be declared as part of the enrolment process. If you are unsure you can contact the relevant admissions or course tutor for guidance.

Course information

Full-time

  • within 1 year

More full-time details

2019 entry

Part-time

  • 2 years

More part-time details

2019 entry

Contact details

Further information