Master's degree programmes in Creative Writing have been offered here since 1997 and have attracted students from a range of backgrounds and experiences – from recent graduates to mature students with a wealth of life experience. This programme is designed for committed writers who wish to complete significant pieces of work and generally broaden their experience as writers.
The MA in Creative and Scriptwriting provides the opportunity to specialise in creative writing for film, TV or theatre. The overall aim of the programme is to equip students with the ability to hone their screen, dramatic or other writing skills, with a particular understanding of commercial contexts and to develop areas of creativity at an advanced level. In all cases the emphasis is on developing the individual student's creative expression. There is no attempt to impose a house style.
The programme provides the opportunity to work with internationally recognised dramatists and screen writers as well as with writers with expertise in other genres of creative writing. The dissertation element of the programme will enable you to develop a full script, reflecting both creative and commercial imperatives, building upon exercises in dramatic writing developed through the screenwriting and workshop modules.
The MA has responded to the explosion of online publishing by supporting students in publication and promotion. The course is delivered by a mixture of professional writers and academics who prepare you for the realities of a hugely competitive market. You will learn how to prepare manuscripts, to approach publishers, and, increasingly important, to market yourself.
The School and the University support a number of reading and social events in which students are encouraged to participate. We also support the student-led design, production, publication and promotion of the well-received online journal The Lampeter Review. As a result of this activity several former students now work in publishing and we are proud of our excellent track record of student publishing success.
-Approaches to Creative Writing -Writing Workshop: Research and Writing -Writing Workshop: Writing and Context -Writers World -Screenwriting -Creative Project (Dissertation)
-The programmes are delivered on the University’s campus in Lampeter. They are taught through seminars, small workshops and individual tutorials and supervision that enable detailed and personalised feedback. -Access to a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) enables additional learning, especially work-shopping, to take place outside the sessions and supports the development of a mutually supportive cohort of committed writers. Graduates from the programmes have gone on to become successful and prize-winning authors. -The MA programmes also offer students the opportunity to write and discuss their work through the medium of Welsh should they wish to do so. -The programme is based upon an established pool of expertise in related concerns, and covers a range of projects undertaken over a number of years. -Staff are active publishers and practitioners in their own right
There are no examinations. All modules are assessed by original creative assignments supported by reflective and developmental material: logs, journals, treatments, reviews proposals. The Creative Project provides the opportunity for students to develop a substantial piece of work to publishable standard.
-Professional Writers -Editors -Publishers -Marketing -Expert tuition from professional writers, poets, novelists, dramatists, script-writers -An opportunity to learn about publishing through the design and production of the digital journal, The Lampeter Review -An opportunity to read your work at such events as the Hay Festival -Programme delivered on our beautiful and inspiring campus in Lampeter
While still studying for her MA in Creative Writing, Kathy beat thousands of poets from around the world to win one of the most coveted prizes in the UK - The Bridport Prize.
"The Bridport Prize is one of the most respected poetry awards in the Uk and I am thrilled and delighted, as well as a little amazed, to have won it. The fact that I have done so is, I believe, a tribute to the excellence of the teaching in the UWTSD Creative Writing Department.
The Creative Writing MA at UWTSD Lampeter has been one of the best and most life-changing things I have ever done. The teaching has been excellent, and has shown me how to refine and hone my work, impose a rigorous writing discipline on myself, and to work to specific deadlines. I have also learned to apply different writing techniques to a range of genres.
In particular Menna Elfyn and Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch have been instrumental in helping me edit my work with constructive criticism and incisive comments. Once I have completed the MA, I hope to work full-time as a writer, and this has given me the impetus to continue, and the skills to improve my work to a publishable standard. I have a book coming out in June 2016 called Gardening with Deer with Cinnamon Press, that will be a very exciting time."
The Director of the Creative Writing Programme at UWTSD, world renowned poet Menna Elfyn, says she is not surprised at Kathy's success. "Kathy infuses her poetry with intensit and tenderness. There is clarity in her voice and spareness in language which delights the reader. Ultimately her success as a poet is her ability to wonder at the world in more than a 'grain of sand'. We are glad that Kathy chose to study the MA in Creative Writing although she was already published poet, may this be a springboard to other successes and also international recognition - her work deserves to be read."
Applicants may have achieved a 2:1 degree in Creative Writing or a cognate discipline (those with a 2:2 may be considered for entry to a Postgraduate Diploma in the first instance). Other applicants without a first degree but with a level of experience are also encouraged to apply. In all cases a writing sample and interview will form the major part of the application process.
Recipient: University of Wales, Trinity Saint David
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