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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Creative Arts & Design

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time; 2 years part-time; 3 years part-time

  • Course Type

    MA

  • Course Fees

    Please visit our website for the Creative Writing course fee information.

  • Last Updated

    12 July 2019

The MA in Creative Writing is a uniquely inspirational programme that delivers integrated training in the writing of literary and media text.

Taught by experienced writers of major profile, this course provides teaching on a range of genres including fiction, short story, poetry, drama, screenwriting and creative non-fiction.

Your Creative Writing studies will connect with the unique literary culture of Wales, home to one of the oldest bardic traditions in Europe.

Why Creative Writing at Swansea?

As part of a vibrant Swansea community of writers and artists, you will have the chance to forge personal links with National Theatre Wales and open-mic events at venues such as the Dylan Thomas Centre and Howl. There is also scope for work experience with local publishers.

The College of Arts and Humanities is based on our energising Singleton Park campus, in parkland overlooking Swansea Bay.

Designed to promote individual and collaborative research activity of international standard, the Graduate Centre provides a supportive environment for postgraduate research and taught masters study. 

It offers postgraduate training to enhance academic and professional development, and facilitates seminar programmes, workshops and international conferences.

Your Creative Writing experience

You will study a set number of optional 20-credit modules, before undertaking a 60-credit creative writing dissertation in the second part of the Creative Writing course.

Varied modules include long fiction, writing radio drama, screenwriting, James Joyce and literary theory, global media and comparative journalism. 

Drama writing is a particular teaching strength, and contains the relatively new and unexplored field of Dramaturgy.

You have the chance to write for online journal The Swansea Review, student-run online journal The Siren, and The Waterfront student newspaper.

On the annual Writers’ Day at the Dylan Thomas Centre, you can meet with editors, agents, publishers and writers, to discuss the finer details of publication and the craft of writing.

You will also benefit from guest visits by figures from the world of arts and publishing and free membership of Literature Wales, the national literature promotion agency.

Creative Writing employment opportunities

As well as significantly improving your writing skills, you should develop oral communication skills by learning to present your ideas in a range of formats.

Creative Writing graduates enter a range of creative industries including publishing, broadcasting, marketing and advertising.

Creative Writing modules

You study a set number of optional 20-credit modules before undertaking a 60-credit creative writing dissertation in the second part of the Creative Writing course. The wide mix of modules includes long fiction, writing radio drama, screenwriting, James Joyce and literary theory, global media and comparative journalism.

Modules on the Creative Writing course may include:

  • Long Fiction 1 and 2
  • Genre: Writing for the Stage
  • Poetry 1 and 2
  • Writing the Self
  • Writing Radio Drama
  • Creative Non-Fiction
  • Screenwriting
  • The Romantic Sublime
  • Welsh Identities: literature and nationhood
  • Dylan Thomas and the Rise of Welsh Writing in English
  • Locating Wales: comparative perspectives on Welsh Writing in English
  • Angela Carter
  • James Joyce and Literary Theory
  • Neo-Victorian Mutinies: Gender & Racial Trauma in Neo-Victorian Fiction (& Film)
  • Discovering Old English
  • The Queer Middle Ages: Bodies, Textuality and Objects
  • After Macbeth: Stage and Screen Adaptation
  • Practising Ideas: Advanced Research Skills in English / Contemporary Writing / Welsh Writing in English
  • Was Eve Framed? Theorising the Medieval Walled Garden
  • Terrorism, Conflict and The Media
  • Digital Journalism Portfolio

How you're taught on the Creative Writing course

Creative Writing students study two compulsory modules and four optional modules in part-one and a dissertation, a portfolio in a genre of their choosing in part-two.

English Literature and Creative Writing

Studying English Literature encourages the exploration of one of the most diverse, stimulating and challenging of disciplines. It cultivates sensitivity towards language and seeks to answer some provocative questions. Our courses cover the entire range of English literature, from the early-Medieval period to the present day, while also developing your knowledge of critical theory and the diversity of approaches to literature. 

The Creative Writing programme at Swansea is in the top rank of British writing programmes. Led by a team of acclaimed writers, it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in an exceptionally broad spectrum of writing genres and skills. Wales has a rich lyric tradition, and the programme prides itself in combining Welsh, British and international dimensions. It draws students from all over the world – recent participants include people from the USA, Canada, Nigeria, Norway, India, Bhutan, Spain, France, Australia and China. 

Swansea is the birthplace of one of the 20th Century’s greatest poets, Dylan Thomas, and the university runs the annual International Dylan Thomas literary prize – the world’s richest award for writers under 40. This link with the literary industry is at the heart of Swansea’s Creative Writing programme, bringing students into contact with agents, editors, publishers, writers, performers and producers.

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