Choose Kingston's Creative Writing Low Residency MA
The Creative Writing Low Residency MA at Kingston University
provides the opportunity to work with a wide range of well-established and award-winning writers in the most dynamic writing environment in the UK without having to relocate or give up your current job.
Developed to complement the University's growing and acclaimed suite of courses in creative writing, the Low Residency gives you the option of completing the majority of your credits through distance learning while enjoying both accredited and non-accredited residency periods on campus, scheduled annually in mid-September and early January.
All residency periods will offer a mix of writing workshops with critical reading seminars, masterclasses, guest readings, supervisions and optional visits to cultural events in London. Most students select accommodation located close to the University and a list of local lodging is available.
What will you study?
The Creative Writing Low Residency MA follows the same course structure as the successful and popular Creative Writing MA.
Full-time students take two 30-credit modules in semester 1, combining the first residency module with a Writers' Workshop module. In semester 2, they will take two more 30-credit modules, this time following their choice of a Special Study workshop with their second residency module in June. During this time they will complete work on structure and style begun online during the semester, while participating in general workshops and reading sessions and tutorials with their assigned dissertation supervisor.
Students may then choose to complete a 15,000-word 60-credit dissertation accompanied by a 3,000-word critical review. They will begin to plan this as part of the June residency and will receive one-to-one supervision as they work towards a September completion.
Instruction during the residency periods will combine small group workshops and reading classes along with readings by colleagues, writers-in-residence, students and guests. Modules delivered by distance learning will be organised with staff student ratios of 8:1 at the most and will include individual tutorials. Students will be able to access supporting materials, including streamed lectures and readings held at or sponsored by the University.
Continuous assessments in individual accredited modules plus assessment of final dissertation.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.
Creative Writing Dissertation (Low Residency)
Critical Challenges for Creative Writers ( Residency Module 1)
Special Study: Workshops in Popular Genre Writing (Distance Learning)
Structure and Style ( Residency Module 2)
Writers' Workshop (Low Residency)
All modules are core.
What this course offers you
This course offers:
flexible structure and delivery allowing combinations of long-distance learning and on-site residency periods;
an association and engagement with a large number of highly professional and acclaimed writers across a range of genres;
small group classes, small student-writer ratios and personal attention;
one-to-one supervision for final dissertation;
convenient residency locations in south-west London, one of the world's most exciting cultural cities;
a variety of activities and tuition during residency periods, including writing workshops, critical reading seminars, masterclasses, guest readings, and visits to cultural events;
opportunities to meet agents and professionals in publishing; and
links with such organisations as Hampton Court, the Bush Theatre, Faber and Faber, the Rose Theatre (Kingston), Oxfam, The Poetry Cafe, the Troubadour and others through which you may learn to enhance the impact of your work.
English language requirements
All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with 7.0 in Writing. Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider.
Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements may be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.
Applicants from one of the recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.
We normally expect applicants to have:a second class degree or above, or equivalent, in creative writing, English literature, literature and language, drama or theatre studies or a similar subject; and/or a demonstrable interest in creative writing. You must also submit a 3,000-word sample of creative writing, a personal statement (1,000 words) plus references.