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On this Masters course, you’ll learn to produce fine, nuanced writing and a body of work in either poetry, fiction or creative non-fiction. We combine intensive writers’ workshops, technique-focused classes and one-to-one tuition by distinguished writers, along with fascinating and useful visits from authors, agents and publishers to help you on your creative journey.

The course is designed to develop your writing talent. It allows you to intensively focus on a project while engaging with a range of genres and working practices that draw upon our rich expertise in contemporary literature, publishing, film, media and journalism. You’ll also develop skills in listening, editing and peer feedback.

Our course is open to all, whether you’re already well established in your career, starting out on your creative journey or want to take our MLitt later in life to enhance your skills and explore new creative prospects.

Teaching

You’ll take part in intensive writers’ workshops, technique-focused modules and have one-to-one tuition by the distinguished writers on staff. There’s also intriguing visits from authors, book agents, publishers, poets and others involved in the literary world.

Workshops, seminars and guest lectures are held on campus. Throughout the course, we encourage our students to embrace the wider literary life by attending – even organising – events, readings, festivals and libraries.

This course is taught by poet and essayist Kathleen Jamie and fiction writer Liam Murray Bell.

Kathleen Jamie is an internationally recognised poet, and has won many awards – including the Scottish Book of the Year Award, a Forward Prize and the Costa Poetry Prize.

Liam Murray Bell’s first novel ‘So It Is’ attracted Arts Council funding. Set in Belfast, it was hailed as ‘a beautifully written debut novel’ concerning the Troubles. His latest novel, 'The Busker', was a Scottish Book Trust 'Pick' for 2014.

Kevin MacNeil is a novelist, poet and screenwriter. His most recent novel ‘The Brilliant and Forever’ was shortlisted for Saltire Fiction of the Year.

Chris Powici is a poet and former editor of ‘Northwords Now’. His most recent collection is ‘This Weight of Light’.

All tutors also write non-fiction, reviews and essays, and are popular figures at festivals, literary events, and residencies. Regular visits from other established writers, publishers, editors and agents offer a wide view of the literary life.

Assessment

Assessment for each module you take will vary, but may include a critical essay, a journal or a creative project.

Assessment for the workshops will depend on the literary form you’ve chosen (prose or poetry), but will be based on reading journals and/or working notebooks, book reviews and in some cases completed pieces of creative work.

The most significant piece of work in the course is the creative dissertation, due at the end of the summer. This should be approximately 15,000 words of prose, or a collection of around 15 poems. A dissertation may be a portfolio of shorter texts – stories, personal essays, poems – or part of a novel. It’s expected to be revised and polished original work, written and presented to professional standards.

If you don’t embark on the dissertation you may be awarded a Diploma. The work of the best students completing the course may be deemed worthy of an MLitt with Distinction.

Employability skills

We offer a comprehensive employability and skills programme to help you maximise your time at university and develop the attributes that employers look for. In the Faculty of Arts and Humanities we have a dedicated Employability and Skills Officer. The University of Stirling’s Careers and Employability Service also works in partnership with academic staff to ensure you get the most out of your University experience, and are ready for the employment market.

After you graduate

Our graduates find a place for their creativity in many areas, including teaching, broadcasting, librarianship, publishing and community work. Many choose to become self-employed as writers and tutors. Some develop their interest further by studying for a PhD.

Our MLitt Creative Writing graduates are highly literate self-managers capable of realising sustained projects using their own initiative and creativity. By the end of the course, you’ll have developed skills in:

Communication and presentation

You’ll be able to articulate complex ideas and information in imaginative, comprehensible and entertaining forms. You’ll also have improved communication skills letting you present ideas in verbal and written forms to audiences in a range of situations, as well as being able to encourage, evaluate and assist with the work of others.

Self-management

You’ll be proficient in working independently, setting goals and meeting deadlines. You’ll use your creativity and imagination to meet challenges and to respond positively to change and uncertainty.

Critical engagement

You’ll gain the ability to formulate independent judgements, articulate arguments and research relevant material, presenting your findings in engaging and innovative ways.


Visit the Creative Writing MLitt page on the University of Stirling website for more details!

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