This course is eligible for the Warwick English full UK fees bursary. For further information see Masters Scholarship link on right.
Literary fiction, life-writing, poetry, fantasy / SF, reviewing, theatre-writing, translation, writing for the young….
includes: Will Eaves, Maureen Freely, Michael Hulse, Silvija Jestrovic, A.L.Kennedy, China Miéville, David Morley, Sarah Moss, Ian Sansom, Jonathan Skinner, David Vann
Visiting fellows / honorary professors
include: Rebecca Abrams, Peter Blegvad, Paula Byrne, Jonathan Coe, Jeremy Treglown
The Warwick MA in Writing is intended for students who are already experienced as well as ambitious practising writers, whether published or not. We don’t believe that creativity, as such, can be taught, or that it is only fulfilled in ‘the marketplace’, but we do aim to help develop technical writing skills which students will find useful professionally, whether in full-time authorship or in related professions such as publishing, the media, or teaching.
Course content and methods of teaching and assessment involve a mixture of approaches based on workshops and 1:1 supervision, portfolios and longer written projects. Students may opt to take modules based on more traditional academic pedagogies.
At least as important as teaching are the space and stimulus to write within a community of people with similar aspirations, facing similar practical, imaginative and intellectual problems. The literary community at Warwick is a scholarly as well as a creative one: the University is the most highly ranked research institution, nationally, to offer such a degree. Much of the value of the course comes from students’ working on the University campus and making use of the full range of activities which it offers.
MA in Writing
page on the University of Warwick website for more details!
I studied BA English Literature & Creative Writing at Warwick, then carried on to do the MA in Writing. I now work as an editor for a publishing house in Farnham but I am an aspiring writer with short stories published in a number of literary anthologies.
The four years I spent at Warwick were among the most formative and inspiring years anyone could ask for. I don't want to sound too much like I've just stepped out of the Dead Poet's Society, but it's genuinely difficult to overstate how good the English department at Warwick is: with engaging lectures and seminars and stimulating course material and reading lists. I based my MA dissertation on my grandfather's memoirs, which detail his experiences as a medical officer in the Second World War, and explored the relationship between memoir writing, human memory and the concept of 'truth' and fiction. Studying an MA gives you the freedom to work really hard at something you find incredibly interesting. This isn't to romanticise the experience, because it involves a lot of painstaking effort and thinking really hard about something for a prolonged period of time: days and weeks and months of going to bed and waking up with a kind of slow fire urgency and the feeling of having to get this impossible number of thoughts down on paper because they sometimes seem so ephemeral and fleeting. And it’s hard to look back on those words and realise they're not quite right, or not articulated clearly or just a sign you've drunk too much coffee. It’s an education you don't necessarily get the chance to experience in the day-in-day-out repetition of a society that does little more than tell us to go out and get things for ourselves and gratify ourselves and just 'go' all the time, without giving us the time to think hard and listen carefully and read and learn.
The course structures and the facilities available to MA students are excellent, but that's something you can read in online brochures. And it wasn't because of facilities or a course structure that I decided to continue with my MA at Warwick. I knew I was making the right choice in studying the MA at Warwick because I'd seen how good the system was from my undergrad years. Thinking about it, I'm not sure there was any other choice that would have made sense.
The English department at Warwick is committed to attracting the best MA students, regardless of their financial circumstances, and therefore has made available two full UK fee awards (or equivalent towards overseas fees) for 2016 entry. There will also be some smaller awards of up to £2000 for candidates who come as runners-up in the main competition. You will automatically be considered for these.You must already be accepted to the MA before applying for a bursary. Those who want to have a chance to apply for a bursary are strongly advised to submit a complete admissions application by 1st April 2016. The deadline for submitting a bursary application is 23.59(GMT) on 22nd April 2016.
Value of Scholarship(s)
Full UK fees (or equivalent sum towards overseas fees)
Any student who has been accepted for a full-time MA in the department is eligible to apply. Awards are made solely on academic merit and are very competitive. Please let [email protected] know by email if you wish to be considered for an award.
At the earliest opportunity, applicants should let the graduate secretary, [email protected], know that they wish to be considered for the competition.