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Creative & Critical Writing (MA/Pg/Dip/PgCert)

Course content

MA Creative and Critical Writing at Winchester offers students the opportunity to improve their creative writing in a dynamic, constructive environment. The programme is supported by teaching staff who are all professional writers

Programme Content
Students study both classic and current literature, allowing them to explore different styles and genres while gaining a critical foundation for their own writing. Furthermore, students learn about the publishing world, aiming to understand where their work fits in the constantly changing publishing market. Students have opportunities to meet agents, editors and other published writers.

The structure of the programme enables students to focus on one or more genres (for example, fiction, creative non-fiction, scriptwriting or poetry) during their coursework. Throughout the programme, students write their own creative work while reading contemporary and classic literature.

Students begin with a module that focuses on writing fiction alongside a module that explores the term research and what it means for a writer - this forms a creative and critical foundation for their writing. Before progressing and selecting an optional genre module,
students look outward at the market in the core Publishing Project module, which features readings and seminars with six writers, agents and editors each semester.

Students develop a writing project which may explore a newer form, such as a blog, or a more traditional format, such as a short story and covering letter to a literary magazine. They also undertake the Independent Study Preparation module which is designed to prepare the students for the rigour of a longer-form creative piece. The programme culminates with a creative dissertation known as the Independent Study.

See the website http://www.winchester.ac.uk/Studyhere/Pages/ma-creative-and-critical-writing.aspx

Modules
Core modules:
- Contemporary Fiction
- The Writer as Researcher
- Publishing Project
- Independent Study Preparation Module

Optional modules:
- Contemporary Non-Fiction
- Contemporary Scriptwriting for TV and Film
- Advanced Contemporary Poetry

Learning and Teaching
Academic staff are professional novelists, scriptwriters, poets and writers of creative non-fiction, as well as musicians, cultural critics and playwrights. They are supported by guest writers including novelists Linda Grant and Roma Tearne, alumna and novelist Claire Fuller, literary critic and Guardian reviewer Alex Clarke, T.S.Eliot prize-winning poet Philip Gross, and literary agent Ella Khan.

Assessment
Students undertake a dissertation of up to 30,000 words as part of their independent study with full tutorial support.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Careers
Graduates have become published writers and poets. Others have careers in teaching, media and the arts.

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