Transnational Writing sits within the subject area of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and within Bath Spa’s newly formed centre for Transnational Creativity. We’re a pioneer and leading provider in the teaching of creative writing. We’ve just been recognised by the top consumer body in the UK as ‘the leading course in Creative Writing in the country’ (Which 2016).
This exciting new field of creative inquiry develops the artist’s capacity to respond creatively to the world. The course brings together creative writing, spoken word and creative research. You’ll design your own research plan and produce a portfolio of creative writing or a spoken word performance. We’ll encourage you to conduct extensive fieldwork at home or abroad and you’ll be able to tap into our vibrant network of international partner organisations.
We’ll encourage you to conduct extensive fieldwork at home or abroad and you’ll be able to tap into our vibrant network of international partner organisations.
The course introduces the concept of transnational research and creativity, exploring its application as a mode of cultural production. It considers engagement with other art forms, approaches to creative writing, fieldwork and a diverse contemporary context of international creative expression as the basis of research.
Activities such as writing exercises, field trips, visiting tutors from our international partners and workshops will form the core of the first half of the programme. In the second part of the programme you’ll undertake an extended period of self-directed creative research, giving you the freedom to develop expertise in your own craft and to attempt the production of a substantial piece of creative work to a publishable standard.
In Module 1 you will use your own experience of people, places and environment as a source and inspiration for creative writing. This module sets the foundations for independent study and is designed to give you a real sense of what writing from experience in the field is about.
In Module 2 you will gain an overview of the key ideas and processes associated with transnational writing and research. You’ll prepare further for independent study and work on establishing a research plan for your six-month creative project.
In Module 3 you will carry out a creative project, working closely with your supervisor. You can submit your project in a variety of formats. This includes a novel, a collection of stories, a short film, poetry, a spoken word performance or an action based portfolio.
For more information on modules please go to our website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-transnational-writing/
The course is low residency, with residential periods at Corsham Court campus.
The learning process will involve a variety of forms of interaction, study and experience including master classes, workshops and creative labs. During workshops, tutors and students present core material with the expectation of lively interaction and designated group discussions.
The low-residential aspect of this MRes equally allows you the time and freedom to research your own points of transition, to write from place, between places and people, while fitting the requirements of the course around your life.
You will be required to submit 16,000 - 20,000 word portfolio (or the equivalent) of creative work of a transnational nature, a well as course-specific written and/or spoken-word assignments for chosen modules.
The Master of Research in Transnational writing will prepare you for a PhD or career in the creative sector.
For more information please go to our website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-transnational-writing/
This programme enables you to engage in both creative and critical writing while focusing on the larger critical question of identity. You'll be able to develop a theoretically informed understanding of the relationship between writing and the self while exploring a range of literary genres as a critical reader and as a practitioner. You will study a wide variety of genres, such as memoir and autobiography, lyric poetry, prose fiction, and drama.
You’ll develop your knowledge of research methods in critical and creative studies and choose from a range of options to explore genres that suit your own interests.
With the support of active researchers, publishers and writers you'll have access to wide-ranging research resources in our library as well as workshop opportunities to develop expertise in a range of different kinds of writing skills which will be valuable not just in the creative sphere, but in a variety of careers. You’ll learn in a stimulating environment with access to excellent resources for your research. The world-class Brotherton Library has extensive holdings to support both critical and creative writing. Our Special Collections are full of archive and manuscript material, including the extensive archives of contemporary poets, including Tony Harrison, Geoffrey Hill, and Simon Armitage. The University Library offers full training to help you make the most of them, equipping you with valuable skills in the process. The School of English also hosts readings and workshops by contemporary writers, including the [email protected] series of readings run by the Poetry Centre; and there are creative writers on its staff, including the Douglas Caster Poetry Fellow.
This degree is also available to study part-time over 24 months.
Two core modules in your first semester will develop your understanding of research methods in the study of English, build your research skills and provide an introduction to critical and creative writing practices. In the following semester, you’ll choose at least one of the optional modules related to critical and/or creative writing, with the option to choose one final module from the full range of English modules or from outside the School of English.
Throughout the programme, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the complex relationships between writing and identity through critical and theoretical reflection while also working as a writer within your chosen genres. You'll also have the opportunity of specializing in either critical or creative work in your research project, though you may continue to combine the two sides of the programme if you wish. If you choose to focus on the creative side, this will entail a critical reflection on your own work to accompany the portfolio.
If you choose to study part-time, you’ll take fewer modules in each year and study over a longer period.
You’ll generally have two-hour weekly seminars in each module where you discuss the themes and issues arising from your reading, and you’ll be able to enhance your learning by attending the wide range of research seminars and talks by visiting speakers that we arrange throughout the year. You’ll also have a series of foundational workshops in the first semester to develop your creative writing skills. Further workshops will feature depending on your option module choices in semester 2 and you will benefit from supervisions throughout semester 2 with an allocated dissertation supervisor.
Independent study is a vital part of the degree as it allows you to build your skills and explore your own ideas.
Most of our modules are assessed by a single essay of around 4,000 words, which you submit at the end of the semester in which you studied the module. You may also be expected to submit unassessed essays to gain feedback on your work, or give presentations in your seminars. The research project/dissertation is 12,000-15,000 words in length.
This programme will equip you with advanced transferable skills which are valuable in a wide range of careers.
You’ll be a confident researcher who can work independently as well as within a team. You’ll be a strong communicator, both verbally and in writing, and be able to think critically and analytically. In addition, you’ll have a strong level of cultural and critical awareness, and you’ll be able to look at a situation from different points of view.
All of these qualities are attractive to employers across sectors, and you’ll be well equipped to pursue a career in a wide range of fields depending on your interests. These could include teaching, journalism, publishing, advertising, broadcasting and law. Many of our graduates also progress to PhD-level study and you’ll be in a good position to develop a career in academia.
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Have you ever dreamed about becoming a writer in any capacity? If the answer is yes you have a great opportunity to consolidate and expand your creative writing style at University of Aberdeen. You are guided by professional writers. The world of writing is changing rapidly to allow you to self publish electronically online where you may be picked up by an agent, you can write freelance for any number of magazines, newspapers online and offline or you may decide to write and publish on the internet to improve your own marketing within your chosen area of creativity. You need to get your work visible and there are now many ways to do this.
The MLitt in Creative Writing is a taught postgraduate programme designed to offer you the opportunity to develop your creativity and literary skills in a highly supportive, constructive learning environment. You prepare for the processes and challenges involved in publishing creative written work, whether poetry or prose. There are plenty of courses in which to find your inspiration such as narrative, prose, the role of literature, Irish and Scottish Women's fiction, study of language, Walter Scott, Visual Culture and more.
Creative Writing: Poetry
Creative Writing: Fiction
Critical Approaches to Literature
Special Study in Language and Literature
Novel Ideas: Reading Prose Fiction
Introduction to Visual Culture
Creative Writing: Prose Fiction
Creative Writing: Narrative, Medicine, Psychology
Locations and Dislocations: the Role of the Place in Literature
Contemporary Irish and Scottish Women's Fiction
Irish and Scottish Science Fiction
Special Study in Language and Literature
Scott in Context: Walter Scott and His World
Critical Analysis of Visual Culture
Creative Writing Portfolio (dissertation)
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• At Aberdeen you get to explore you writing potential at any age with no prior experience necessary
• You can study to Diploma or MLitt level or go on to PhD level
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