Designed by writers for writers, this MA covers the most important things that new novelists ought to know.
It combines a focus on the skills of writing full-length fiction witha clear-eyed exploration of the publishing process and related creative fields. While the programme is designed as a foundation for a writing career, it is also a good choice for students who want to work with authors in publishing for a literary agency.
Typical Modules: Elements of Fiction A workshop based module in which you will study different aspects of fiction writing in turn. Taking inspiration from a range of contemporary novels, you will try different techniques for developing characters in action and dialogue and for creating imaginary worlds. At the end, you will produce a collection of short fiction suitable for publication, broadcast or entry in a literary competition.
Theories of Practice An advanced study of contemporary theories of literature and creativity, which combines creative exercises with crucial analysis.
The Novel in Society: Internship Programme As far as we know, this course is unique to Brunel and highly popular with our students. You will study the publishing industry and the strategies adopted by successful authors within it, and will also learn how to build your profile as a writer and prepare a submission to a literary agent. After the taught course, we will place you as an intern within a company in this field to learn at first hand how and why a novel is published. Students should budget both time and funds for a two-week work placement in Central London.
Dissertation You will be able to work one-to-one with your Dissertation Tutor to write a novel extract, novella or fiction collection of up to 40,000 words accompanied by a related critical commentary. Most students then continue to complete a full-length novel. The dissertation is designed to allow you to work with your tutor to create the optimum submission package for a literary agent.
The Curtis Brown Prize Curtis Brown Ltd, one of Europe's oldest and largest literary and talent agencies, will endow £1,500 prize for the best student on this programme from 2008 onwards.