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MA in Creative Writing

Course Description

This qualification is an exciting opportunity to develop your skills as a writer in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and scriptwriting for film, radio and the stage. You will be able to write in a genre of your choice and experiment with at least one other through practical and inspiring activities. You will hone your writing practice through sharing, reading and critiquing work in progress, and will work towards producing a substantial piece of your own creative writing to a professional standard.

Key features of the course include:

• Develop writing skills and awareness of approaches to writing
• Develop and hone sophisticated writing skills in at least one genre
• Develop a sound knowledge of, and ability in, a secondary genre
• Engage in sharing, critiquing and reviewing a variety of work
• Prepare a substantial piece of work to a professional standard.

Compulsory modules

Part 1 (A802) (60 credits)

Building on skills learned at undergraduate level or as a practising writer, this module helps to harness your individual strengths, helping you to generate and develop ideas. You will build a disciplined practice of writing in a genre of your choice (fiction, poetry, scriptwriting or creative non-fiction), while also experimenting with at least one other genre. You will develop a practical focus, come to read as a writer, encounter texts from various cultural settings, while refining your analytical and editorial skills. You will learn about professional writing practice, and hone your writing skills through sharing, reading and critiquing work-in-progress.

Vocational relevance

Studying creative writing will equip you with an adaptable set of skills that can give entry to a vast range of occupations and career directions. You’ll develop sophisticated writing and communication skills, collaborative and editorial skills and learn to evaluate and assimilate information in identifying and solving problems, acquiring skills of critical thinking and analysis, independent working and creative thinking. You’ll also develop new, flexible, fluent and sophisticated research and IT skills. All the above are skills greatly valued in the workplace – whether you’re already working, volunteering, planning to work freelance or changing career.

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

Entry Requirements

A UK honours degree or recognised equivalent, in creative writing or English, or a closely related subject. A classification of at least 2:1 or equivalent will greatly increase your chances of successfully completing the MA. You will need to study and complete MA Creative Writing part 1 (A802) before moving on to part 2 (A803). It is expected that your spoken and written English will also be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum score of 7 under the International English Language testing system (IELTS).

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