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MA Creative Writing


Course Description

The University of Essex is one of the UK's leading academic institutions, ranked ninth nationally for research excellence following the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008).

Our Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies combine expertise in literature, film, and theatre studies to provide a strong and supportive environment for your postgraduate study.

Building on our strong tradition of creative writing, our MA Creative Writing offers you a unique approach to the practice of writing with emphasis on innovation and experiment. Our wide variety of modules deepen your knowledge of literary tradition, and different modes and genres, in order to develop your practical skills of expression and invention. With planned readings and writing exercises in class, you expand your techniques, as well as your critical judgement of your own work.

Our creative writing teaching team has a breadth of experience in the literatures of different cultures and different forms. Our current teaching staff include internationally acclaimed novelist and critic Marina Warner, poet and short story writer Philip Terry, lyric writer Adrian May, and award-winning playwrights Elizabeth Kuti and Jonathan Lichtenstein. Less formally, we have readings, talks and visiting writers and also currently host two Royal Literary Fund Fellows, who are professional writers on hand to help you develop your writing on a one-to-one basis.

Visit the MA Creative Writing page on the University of Essex website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Wendy McMahon

“I have always had a passion for literature which led me to doing my Phd in LIterature. was I really enjoyed my time at Essex when I was completing my undergraduate degree and I chose to return to complete my PhD study because of the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies’ comparative and interdisciplinary nature.

What I enjoyed most was the independence I had whilst completing my research. The Department houses a wide range of expertise and provides a lively intellectual space within which to engender your own research.

The University of Essex has such a strong sense of community. Whilst at Essex I took every opportunity that the Department offered, whether it be training, the opportunity to present work, or social engagements. I would always advise others to do the same as I gained so much from these experiences.

My best memory of my time at Essex has to be when I presented my first research paper at a departmental seminar, it gave me a real sense of achievement.

Since completing my PhD I have been appointed as a Lecturer in American Studies within the School of American Studies at the University of East Anglia. My PhD study provided me with the fundamental training required for me to forge and pursue my desired academic career.


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Entry Requirements

2.1 or above in appropriate discipline; IELTS 7.0.

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