The MA in Creative Writing at Kent offers you the opportunity to study fiction and poetry (exclusively or together) along with optional modules in translation, and writing and the environment.
Designed with serious, ambitious writers in mind, our programme uses seminars, tutorials, workshops, and precise editing to enable you to take control of your own work and write exciting, contemporary material.
You are taught exclusively by members of the permanent creative writing team, all of whom are practising, award-winning writers: Patricia Debney, David Flusfeder, David Herd, Nancy Gaffield, Dragan Todorovic, Alex Preston, Amy Sackville, Simon Smith and Scarlett Thomas. (See staff research interests for further details.(https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/211/creative-writing#!staff-research))
The School of English has a strong international reputation and global perspective, apparent both in the background of its staff and in the diversity of our teaching and research interests.
Our expertise ranges from the medieval to the postmodern, including British, American and Irish literature, postcolonial writing, 18th-century studies, Shakespeare, early modern literature and culture, Victorian studies, modern poetry, critical theory and cultural history. The international standing of the School ensures that we have a lively, confident research culture, sustained by a vibrant, ambitious intellectual community. We also count a number of distinguished creative writers among our staff, and we actively explore crossovers between critical and creative writing in all our areas of teaching and research.
The Research Excellence Framework 2014 has produced very strong results for the School of English at Kent. With 74% of our work graded as world-leading or internationally excellent, the School is ranked 10th out of 89 English departments in terms of Research Intensity (Times Higher Education). The School also received an outstanding assessment of the quality of its research environment and public impact work.
You are encouraged to put together an MA programme that suits you and your plans. It is a requirement of the programme that you take either Fiction 1 and Fiction 2 or Poetry 1 and Poetry 2 along with one other Creative Writing module. You may choose to take only creative modules, or to augment your study with a module from the literature programmes or from other Humanities programmes.
The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year:
EN838 - Re-visioning:Twenty-first Century Translation (30 credits) EN839 - Writing and the Environment (30 credits) EN812 - Creative Writing (30 credits) EN891 - Fiction 1 (30 credits) EN892 - Poetry 1 (30 credits) EN893 - Fiction 2 (30 credits) EN894 - Poetry 2 (30 credits) EN897 - Advanced Critical Reading (30 credits) EN818 - American Modernism 1900-1930 (Teaching Period I) (30 credits) EN832 - Hacks, Dunces and Scribblers: Authorship and the Marketplace in the Eig (30 credits) EN834 - Imagining India (30 credits) EN835 - Dickens, The Victorians and the Body (30 credits) EN836 - Dickens and the Material Culture of the Victorian Novel (30 credits) EN842 - Reading the Contemporary (30 credits) EN850 - Centres and Edges: Modernist and PostcolonialQuest Literature (30 credits) EN852 - Colonial and Postcolonial Discourses (30 credits) EN857 - Body and Place in the Postcolonial Text (30 credits) EN862 - Contemporary Arab Novel (30 credits) EN865 - Post-45: American Literature and Culture in the Cold War Era (30 credits) EN866 - The Awkward Age: Transatlantic Culture and Literature in Transition, 18 (30 credits) EN872 - Provocations and Invitations (30 credits) EN876 - Dickens and the Condition of England (30 credits) EN888 - Extremes of Feeling: Literature and Empire in the Eighteenth Century (30 credits) EN889 - Literary Theory (30 credits) MT864 - Reading the Medieval Town: Canterbury, an International City (30 credits) MT865 - Encountering the Holy: Devotion and the Medieval Church (30 credits) EN803 - Critical Race Theory (30 credits)
You take a total of four modules, for which you will produce approximately 8,000 words each (or an equivalent number of poems or translations). In addition, you write a creative dissertation of about 12,000 words.
This programme aims to:
- provide you with the opportunity to obtain a postgraduate qualification (MA) in one year, and to allow you, if required, a smooth transition to doctoral studies
- extend and deepen your understanding of your own writing practice through coursework and research
- enable you to develop an historical awareness of literary and creative writing traditions
- develop your independent critical thinking and judgement
- develop your independent creative thinking and practice
- develop your understanding and critical appreciation of the expressive resources of language
- enable you to make connections across your various modules and transfer knowledge between modules
- provide you with teaching, workshops and other learning opportunities that are informed by current research and practice and that require you to engage with aspects of work and practice at the frontiers of knowledge.
Many career paths can benefit from the writing and analytical skills that you develop as a postgraduate student in the School of English. Our students have gone on to work in academia, journalism, broadcasting and media, publishing, writing and teaching; as well as more general areas such as banking, marketing analysis and project management.