UWTSD's MA Creative Writing is designed for committed writers who wish to complete significant pieces of work and generally broadened their experience as writers.
The workshop programme is run by one of Wales’ leading writers, Menna Elfyn. It draws upon a number of adjunct writing staff, and the support of academics experienced in the teaching of all aspects of creative writing.
Master's degree programmes in Creative Writing have been offered by UWTSD 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.
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 schemes will enable students to pursue careers as professional writers, editors and publishers as well as those roles which command an excellent command of language.
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 publishing, publicity or arts administration. Students will also be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired on the courses to teach others these skills, whether it be in schools, colleges or in the community.
In addition, the School and the University support a number of reading and social events in which students would be able to participate. We also support the student-led design, production, publication and promotion of an anthology of the year's MA work in conjunction with established publishers.
Professional advice is offered to develop the publication as a brand and establish a promotional reading tour taking in venues such as the Hay Festival and the Dylan Thomas Boathouse in picturesque Laugharne as well as contributing experience and a vital showcase of writing to the University’s own cultural festival. MA Students are also in charge of designing and promoting 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 track record of student publishing success – at least one a year.
Approaches to Creative Writing
Writing Workshop: Research and Writing
Writing Workshop: Writing and Context
Creative Project (Dissertation)
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.
All classes are delivered in the English language but additional Welsh language tutorials and feedback are offered to students wishing to work in Welsh; students are welcome to submit work and receive personalised assessment and mentoring through the medium of Welsh; students may choose to work in both languages.
In all cases the emphasis is on developing the individual student's creative expression. there is no attempt to impose a house style.
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.
For information on our postgraduate study scholarships please visit: http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/bursaries/
Normally a good honours degree or evidence of prior learning/experience.