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Creative Writing - MA


Course Description

Master's degree programmes in Creative Writing have been offered here since 1997 and have attracted students from a range of backgrounds and experiences – from recent graduates to mature students with a wealth of life experience. This programme is designed for committed writers who wish to complete significant pieces of work and generally broaden their experience as writers.

Course Overview

The MA in Creative Writing is designed for committed writers who wish to expand their range and complete significant pieces of publishable work.

The overall aim of the programme is to equip students with the ability to hone their writing skills and to develop areas of creativity at an advanced level, while the practical benefits offered by the module will enable students to pursue careers as professional writers, editors and publishers A focus on the ability to communicate clearly through precise language prepares students for a range of careers, from writing-based advertising or journalism, to related professions such as publicity or arts administration.

Throughout the programme you will have the opportunity to develop your writing across a range of fields, expanding your repertoire by trying unfamiliar modes and genres.

The MA has responded to the explosion of online publishing by supporting students in publication and promotion. The course is delivered by a mixture of professional writers and academics who prepare you for the realities of a hugely competitive market. You will learn how to prepare manuscripts, to approach publishers, and, increasingly important, to market yourself.

The School and the University support a number of reading and social events in which students are encouraged to participate. We also support the student-led design, production, publication and promotion of the well-received online journal The Lampeter Review. As a result of this activity several former students now work in publishing and we are proud of our excellent track record of student publishing success.

Modules

-Approaches to Creative Writing
-Writing Workshop: Research and Writing
-Writing Workshop: Writing and Context
-Writers' World
-Screenwriting
-Creative Project (Dissertation)

Key Features

-The programmes are delivered on the University’s campus in Lampeter. They are taught through seminars, small workshops and individual tutorials and supervision that enable detailed and personalised feedback.
-Access to a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) enables additional learning, especially workshopping, to take place outside the sessions and supports the development of a mutually supportive cohort of committed writers. Graduates from the programmes have gone on to become successful and prize-winning authors.
-The MA programmes also offer students the opportunity to write and discuss their work through the medium of Welsh should they wish to do so.
-The programme is based upon an established pool of expertise in related concerns, and covers a range of projects undertaken over a number of years.
-Staff are active publishers and practitioners in their own right.

Assessment

There are no examinations. All modules are assessed by original creative assignments supported by reflective and developmental material: logs, journals, treatments, reviews proposals. The Creative Project provides the opportunity for students to develop a substantial piece of work to publishable standard.

Career Opportunities

-Professional Writers
-Editors
-Publishers
-Marketing
-Expert tuition from professional writers, poets, novelists, dramatists, script-writers
-An opportunity to learn about publishing through the design and production of the digital journal, The Lampeter Review
-An opportunity to read your work at such events as the Hay Festival
-Programme delivered on our beautiful and inspiring campus in Lampeter

Visit the Creative Writing - MA page on the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Ros Hudis

"Over my five years on the MA I have had the opportunity to explore not only the theory and practice of traditional genres, like short fiction and poetry, but also screenwriting and radio drama. This allowed me to discover where my talents might lie across a broad spectrum of writing."

(Student Profile)

Kathy Miles

4578.jpg While still studying for her MA in Creative Writing, Kathy beat thousands of poets from around the world to win one of the most coveted prizes in the UK - The Bridport Prize.

"The Bridport Prize is one of the most respected poetry awards in the Uk and I am thrilled and delighted, as well as a little amazed, to have won it. The fact that I have done so is, I believe, a tribute to the excellence of the teaching in the UWTSD Creative Writing Department.

The Creative Writing MA at UWTSD Lampeter has been one of the best and most life-changing things I have ever done. The teaching has been excellent, and has shown me how to refine and hone my work, impose a rigorous writing discipline on myself, and to work to specific deadlines. I have also learned to apply different writing techniques to a range of genres.

In particular Menna Elfyn and Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch have been instrumental in helping me edit my work with constructive criticism and incisive comments. Once I have completed the MA, I hope to work full-time as a writer, and this has given me the impetus to continue, and the skills to improve my work to a publishable standard. I have a book coming out in June 2016 called Gardening with Deer with Cinnamon Press, that will be a very exciting time."

The Director of the Creative Writing Programme at UWTSD, world renowned poet Menna Elfyn, says she is not surprised at Kathy's success. "Kathy infuses her poetry with intensit and tenderness. There is clarity in her voice and spareness in language which delights the reader. Ultimately her success as a poet is her ability to wonder at the world in more than a 'grain of sand'. We are glad that Kathy chose to study the MA in Creative Writing although she was already published poet, may this be a springboard to other successes and also international recognition - her work deserves to be read."


(Scholarship)

Postgraduate Study Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

Available to UK students enrolling in their first year of a postgraduate programme who require
assistance with their fees. Awarded as fee reduction.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1000

Eligibility

Available to UK students enrolling in their first year of a postgraduate programme who require assistance with their fees. Awarded as fee reduction.

Application Procedure

Application forms can be downloaded from: http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/bursaries/application-forms/
the application deadline for 2015/16 is 4th September 2015

Further Information

http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/bursaries/



Entry Requirements

Applicants may have achieved a 2:1 degree in Creative Writing or a cognate discipline (those with a 2:2 may be considered for entry to a Postgraduate Diploma in the first instance). Other applicants without a first degree but with a level of experience are also encouraged to apply. In all cases a writing sample and interview will form the major part of the application process.

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