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MA Writing for Performance and Publication

Course Description

Taught by established writers and academic specialists, the Writing for Performance and Publication programme is designed for students who hope to become writers, or who wish to develop their writing, particularly in the field of performance. Emphasis is on scriptwriting for theatre, film, television and/or radio, but there is opportunity to work in other culturally significant genres, especially prose fiction. Research methods in relation to imaginative writing are studied, and students are encouraged to reflect and analyse as well as create new work.

The programme has core modules that provide a grounding in story structure and research techniques and methods. Students also select two optional modules from a list which ranges from Writing for Stage and Screen to individually focused imaginative writing. Opportunities exist to take a creative or cultural industries module alongside students on our other degrees. Students finally go on to complete a major project of their own choosing – either an extended dramatic script or work of imaginative writing in another genre, or a 12,000 word research thesis. Assessment will be by original creative writing and academic essay, the balance between the two being dependent on individual work-plans.

The current programme leader is award-winning playwright and screenwriter Garry Lyons, who has written for the National Theatre and extensively for British television and radio. Other tutors are professional dramatists and authors with expertise in a range of genres, and experience in dealing with theatres, media production companies, agents, editors and publishers. Visiting writers and speakers – from, for example, the BBC and West Yorkshire Playhouse – offer further insights into the art form and the writing industries. Recent students have notable successes - from winning the 2006 Decibel Penguin short story prize to having plays staged at West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Duke’s, Lancaster, gaining a top London agent, writing for the cult comedy duo Mitchell and Webb (of Peep Show fame) and teaching writing courses at other universities.

Many students will wish to go on to become professional writers. The degree is designed to try to help them realise these ambitions. Other students may wish to remain in their present jobs, using their additional experience and qualification to progress their careers. The degree is also suitable for a future in education, arts administration, script editing and literary management, broadcasting and the media, advertising, journalism, publishing, literary agencies, public relations, marketing, etc.

Visit the MA Writing for Performance and Publication page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

Student Profiles

School of PCI Bursaries - 6 Awards

MA BURSARIES IN THE SCHOOL OF PCIThe school offers four MA programmes - Culture, Creativity & Entrepreneurship, Performance, Culture & Context, Writing for Performance & Publication, and Choreography. These exciting degrees offer opportunities for multi-disciplinary collaboration and practice as well as theoretical study, and are housed in state-of-the art facilities at the heart of the Leeds campus. The Bursary deadline has now been extended for all Home/EU applications. There are six bursaries on offer - each equivalent to 50% of student fees at Home/EU rate. These awards are offered for the academic year 2009/10 full-time, or spread across 2009/10 and 2010/11, part-time. NEW DEADLINE: 27th July 2009For further information, contact Ms Jane Richardson, [email protected], Tel. 0113 343 8710

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% Home/EU fees


Any applicant for one of our MA degrees may also apply for an award. An award offer is conditional on prior acceptance of a place, if offered.Awards are made on the basis of academic and/or creative merit. No other criteria apply.

Application Procedure

A 300-word personal statement on why the student is committed to the programme of study, and why he/she deserves the bursary.

Further Information



University of Leeds Scholarships - 20+ Awards

For full details go to:http://scholarships.leeds.ac.uk/

Value of Scholarship(s)



The University of Leeds offers a variety of scholarships and bursaries open to MAs within the School of Performance & Cultural Industries. For full details go to:http://scholarships.leeds.ac.uk/Both International and Home/EU students are urged to consult the website for suitable schemes.

Application Procedure

See scholarships website for details

Entry Requirements

Normally 2:1, any discipline, or relevant professional experience

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