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Creative and Critical Writing (PGCert, PGDip, MA)

Course Description

You will work with practising and published writers to hone your craft and concentrate on your specific genre. Our staff will help you develop your own distinctive voice and advise on possible avenues to publication.

This highly successful MA in Creative and Critical Writing was one of the first to offer modules dedicated to the theory and practice of teaching creative writing and the theoretical and practical analysis of the creative process. These options complement the creative and critical strands of the degree and offer you the opportunity to become a writer prepared for the modern professional arenas in which
you may find yourself.

Our students have gone on to careers as published writers, editors, arts administrators and teachers of creative writing. Come and be part of our success story.

Visit the Creative and Critical Writing (PGCert, PGDip, MA) page on the University of Gloucestershire website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Kayleigh Moore

807.JPG “I chose the University of Gloucestershire as it has a good reputation and seemed a rich and dynamic environment from what I saw on the open day. I stayed on from my BA to do my MA here because I felt that the specialism of my tutors was exactly what I wanted and I wouldn’t find anywhere better suited to me.

I’ve gained a much better understanding of what I’m interested in and where it could take me which has helped significantly in making choices about my future. My confidence, both with people and pressure, has improved tenfold, which has come across well in the workplace and helped me to advance.”

MA Creative Writing

(Student Profile)

Angela France

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I attended the open day because I was interested in the Creative Writing course; I was already getting some success with publishing but had been studying on my own and felt the need for some input to develop further. My concerns were to do with my ability to cope with the academic requirements as I don’t have a first degree (or even ‘A’ levels!). Talking to the Course Leader convinced me that the focus would be on enabling me to explore and develop my own poetry, not to make my writing a clone of the tutor’s. Cheltenham is a lovely town with a great range of cultural and social opportunities.

The elements I like best about the course are being in an environment where poetry is important and can be discussed, tutors who are skilled, experienced writers, and workshops that are rigorous, exciting, and focussed.

I think I’ve improved my craft and my confidence whilst I’ve been here, developed skills in academic writing and been able to take advantage of opportunities and contacts to get essays published.
In fact I already had a good track record of being published in leading journals and had a collection published in 2000. However, with hindsight I believe that the collection was premature and the one due to come out from publishers Ragged Raven is much more likely to do well. It is possible that I would have got a publishing contract at some time but I do believe that the forthcoming collection is due mainly to the opportunity I’ve had here to improve my writing and use networks established through the university.

I’ve also had a paper published in the ‘Writing in Education’ journal, presented a paper at the Bangor ‘Great Writing’ conference and am due to present a paper at the ‘Playful Paradox’ postgraduate conference in Bedford – I don’t believe any of these would have happened if I hadn’t been on the course.

I’m loving every minute of my studies and don’t even want to stop for holidays! I’m delighted that I’ve been accepted to go on to a PhD and hope to eventually work full time in writing, probably in combination with teaching and leading workshops.


Entry Requirements

You will need at least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent and will be required to submit a portfolio assessment. EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent.

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