This programme, presented by established authors and poets, will give you the opportunity to focus in depth on your own practice, and develop both creative and critical skills through a combination of weekly workshops and seminars. In a supportive yet challenging environment, including discussion of your work with fellow students, you will hone your vision and develop a unique voice. As the first UNESCO World City of Literature, Edinburgh is the ideal setting for an exploration of your literary potential, and we will encourage you to become involved in the creative life of the city.
Working with established authors and discussing each other's work, students will hone both their own vision and skills as authors and their capacity for imaginative, sympathetic analysis of writing.
In each of the two teaching semesters, you will take a core creative practice seminar, supported by workshops in fiction or poetry, and a subsidiary literary critical course in a relevant area of literary study. This will be followed by a substantial independent summer project and dissertation with an individual supervisor.
Option courses may include:
Acts of Storytelling: Narrator, Text, Audience Exploring the Novel An English Heritage: Nativism, Language and History in the Work of Four Post-War Poets Poet-Critics: the Style of Modern Poetry Poetry and Northern Ireland Post-Colonial Writing Shakespeare Adapted Contemporary Scottish Fiction Contemporary American Fiction Fairy Tales Romanticism and Victorian Society
Students taking the programme will expand and refine their skills in poetry, or fiction. They will develop critical skills as readers of their own and others' work and will gain experience in the processes of presenting and publishing literary writing.
Having developed your creative skills in this programme, and gained insights and possible contacts within the publishing industry, you will be better equipped to tackle the competitive world of creative writing. You may decide to extend your studies to the doctoral level and pursue a career in academia. Alternatively, you may follow your own creative agenda, with the aim of joining the ranks of published authors.