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Course content

Creative writers express thoughts, feelings and emotions through words and have the ability to inform, provoke, captivate, inspire and move. You approach creative writing from a variety of perspectives – including fiction, poetry, life writing and drama – to explore how writers operate and how you can become an independent writer.

Course details

Drawing on our pool of talented, published writers and academics, you accumulate credit towards your chosen award at your own pace. This highly successful course also offers the chance to learn how to teach creative writing in schools or in the community.

This programme is campus-based and taught by blended learning, with some face-to-face sessions and some taught online. You may also be interested in our MA Creative Writing (Distance Learning) which is taught entirely online.

What you study

Taught by published writers and academics, this highly successful MA consists of five modules. Each module is eight weeks long, and they run sequentially throughout the year. If you study full time you will take all five modules in a year. If you study part time you will study modules 1 and 3 in the first year, and modules 2, 4 and 5 in your second year.

Course structure

Core modules

  • Creative Writing MA Project
  • Creative Writing Skills and Techniques
  • Writing for Personal Development

and three optional modules from a range including

  • Forming Fictions
  • Poetry for Publishing and Performance
  • Writing for Professional Development
  • Writing into Dramatic Space

Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

The campus-based course is taught by blended learning - a mix of face-to-face classroom sessions and distance learning. The classroom sessions are held on Tuesday evenings from 6.00pm - 9.00pm. As part of module 4 there is also an intensive study weekend held at the University on 25-26 May 2019.

The distance learning elements are not taught at a set time. You can access the course space and complete the coursework at times that work best for you. The distance learning sessions usually consist of a short introductory video, in which your tutor introduces the week’s key themes, followed by writing prompts and exercises, together with supporting materials, reading questions and suggestions for further reading and research to discuss in the discussion forum. There is also a dedicated private space to workshop your ideas and writing-in-progress with the tutor and fellow students.

You don't need to be a technology expert to benefit from this aspect of the course. All you need is a PC, laptop or tablet to access the course materials and forum and share your writing with the tutors and your peers.

How you are assessed

Each taught 30-credit module is assessed against clear learning outcomes through written assignments, usually consisting of both creative work and some critical or reflective work. In addition to the taught modules, you produce a final project (60 credits) in your chosen form and genre.


Career opportunities

MA Creative Writing graduates go on to a wide choice of professions and careers. Apart from the more obvious routes of publishing, editing and freelance writing, many work in the wider creative industries (television, journalism, new media) or in workplaces that require advanced writing skills. 

The practical and flexible design of the course means that it is also highly suited to teachers wishing to up-skill their portfolios in relation to the new Creative Writing A level; writers developing their teaching and workshopping skills to work in the community; and those using writing in therapy, healthcare and other professional settings. 

If your job has a requirement to work on live briefs and projects with an imaginative or research element, you will also find the transferable skills offered by this MA a natural fit. 

Although the course will help you if you want to develop a career using writing, many students take our MA to extend their skills for their own personal development and fulfilment.

Visit the Creative Writing MA page on the Teesside University website for more details!





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