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Creative Writing

MA
  • Option 1 year full time or 2 years part time
  • Year of entry 2019
  • Campus Central London

The course

This course allows you to develop your work as a creative writer, going beyond the merely personal and writing with an engaged sense of society and an understanding of the location of your work in relation to contemporary practices. You will take one of three distinct pathways: Fiction Writing, Poetry Writing, and Poetic Practice. In addition, you will take modules in Supplementary Discourses and Reading as a Writer, and undertake a Practical Project and a Dissertation.

Fiction Writing

Develop and reflect on your work as a creative writer, learning to stretch your imagination, you'll be motivated to develop your technical and analytic skills, and in the process, sharpen your self-criticism.

Poetry Writing

You will learn how to develop your practice and how to situate your practice in relation to recent and contemporary trends in experimental poetry, including visual poetics, sound and conceptual writing. Individual creative practice will be fostered in weekly workshops, critical classes and tutorials, with teaching delivered by writers practising at the highest level.

Poetic Practice

This is unique, practice-based pathway that draws upon the Department of English's expertise in contemporary experimental poetry and writing within an expanded field of creative practice.

All three Creative Writing pathways are taught at Bedford Square, our creative campus in the heart of London’s Bloomsbury, close to the University of London's facilities.

  • We've been running the Fiction and Poetry pathways for nearly a decade, while Poetic Practice has been running since 2003. We have built a strong reputation in all three areas.
  • Join the ranks of our creative writers who have gone on to receive national and global recognition, including novelists Sarah Perry, Jenni Fagan, Barney Norris, Liza Klaussmann, Saskia Sarginson, Diriye Osman, Anna Whitwham, Cecilia Ekback and poets Declan Ryan, Liz Berry, Sarah Westcott, Marianne Burton, Sam Riviera, Lydia McPherson, Sophie Robinson, Elizabeth-Jane Burnett, Prue Chamberlain, Nish Ramayya and many more.
  • Work with practising authors and poets. Jo Shapcott won the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry; Lavinia Greenlaw is a winner of T.S. Eliot, Forward and Whitbread Poetry Prizes, and the Prix du Premier Roman Etranger; Susanna Jones won the John Lewellyn Rhys and Betty Trask awards; Nikita Lalwani won the Desmond Elliot award, was shortlisted for the Costa Prize and longlisted for the Man Booker prize; Karen Woolf won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection (2015); Robert Hampson was long-listed for the Forward Prize in 2013; and Redell Olsen was Judith E. Wilson Fellow in Poetry at Cambridge (2013-14)
  • Recent guest speakers and visiting professors have included Marlon James, Charlotte Mendelson, Dalijit Nagra, Helen Dunmore, Adam Foulds and a range of literary agents and editors
5th

for Creative Writing in the UK

Source: Complete University Guide 2019

5th

for Creative Writing research in the UK

Source: Times Good University Guide 2018

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