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Creative Writing (Distance Learning) - MLitt

Course Description

Our celebrated creative writing programme is perfect for talented and aspiring writers looking to gain adventurous and needed creative and critical skills. This is an exciting and supportive online course that offers you the opportunity to develop your writing practice wherever you are in the world.

Why this programme

-You will be taught by a number of successful and well-regarded writers and many of our graduates have gone on to be published and acclaimed authors.
-We have strong links with literary agents and publishers, and an impressive list of published alumni.
-This programme is delivered online and offers flexible study around your existing commitments.

Programme structure

This programme is directed at those who are already engaged in writing. Its clear three-part structure, focused on creative, critical and practical issues, distinguishes this programme from the others offered in the UK.

Taking the online distance learning MLitt full-time
The programme structure covers:

Semester 1:
-Creative workshops and guest speakers
-Reading as a writer (CX1)
-Copyright, publishing and the culture of reception

Semester 2:
-Creative workshops and guest speakers
-Experimentation (CX2)
-Editing the twenty-first century: editorial project

Taking the online distance learning MLitt part-time:
-Part-time year one: students take one semester of workshops and Craft and Experimentation both semesters, and have two tutorials.
-Part-time year two: students take one semester of workshops and Editing and Publication both semesters, and have three tutorials.


Classes are taught via video conferencing and an online virtual learning platform called Moodle, where you can participate in forums, download class notes, watch related video, and submit written work for feedback. Workshops and seminars are at set times during the semester; however, these are recorded so you can watch in your own time if you can’t make the class.

You are also always welcome to take part in our campus-based classes and events, if you are able.

You will also have one-on-one tutorials at a time agreed between you and your tutor throughout the semester for extra support with your work.

Our outgoing students have found the mixture of workshops and seminars via video conferencing and virtual learning environments to work really well in shaping their creative practice and developing their writing.

Career prospects

Graduates have gone into writing, journalism, publishing, and many other professions.

Positions held by recent graduates include Managing Director, Freelance Writer, Author, Copywriter, Author and Community Arts Work.

Visit the Creative Writing (Distance Learning) - MLitt page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You will normally have a 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent), though this is not a pre-requisite. The primary basis for admission is the appraisal of a portfolio of your creative work. You submit a portfolio of original work (poetry, fiction, life-writing or other prose, drama, and in some instances a portfolio of work in or of translation). A maximum of 20 pages (one side only, double spaced throughout) per submission will be considered, and the portfolio can contain prose, verse, script, or a combination of these. We also require two letters of reference.

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