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Professional Creative Writing MA

OVERVIEW

The MA in Professional Creative Writing enables students to develop their writing craft and hone their writing skills towards the real world needs of the publishing, communication and media industries. The course covers traditional, contemporary and emerging forms of writing, from novel writing to the graphic novel and creative nonfiction, from playwriting to writing for television, screen and multimedia, from poetry to pyschogeography and ecowriting.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

The MA Professional Creative Writing has been so named as to emphasise the professional aspects of creative writing: it is designed to enhance employability and focus is directed towards the development of students into professional writers. In particular:

  • There are major mandatory modules in the key professional genres of narrative and dramatic writing (including ‘writing for television’), reflecting the real world professional activities of writers and employability opportunities for writers;
  • Modules have professional coursework outputs in industry-ready form;
  • Specific attention is given to commercial and related opportunities (professional networks, awards and competitions, submission windows, commissions and grants).

Innovation and internationalisation are key, with a focus on contemporary and emerging forms, such as the graphic novel, creative nonfiction, multimodal writing, eco-writing, e-publishing and writing for online video production. There will be a high level of virtual learning resources including video lectures, podcasts, virtual workshops, online writers’ groups, writers’ blogs and online peer-to-peer feedback, enabling easy global access. The course has and international outlook with texts studied coming from around the world and we have Online International Learning partners in institutions overseas: these offer the possibility of online student writing collaborations.

Two themed writers’ retreats are incorporated into the course: these are one week long field trips to coincide with significant writing up periods and may be in the UK or abroad. Current options include two of the following:

  • The Horror: a winter week in the seaside town of Whitby, where Bram Stoker gave birth to Dracula;
  • Romance: a spring week in the Lake District, haunt of the English Romantic poets;
  • The Lost World: a spring or summer week in Spain, ‘lost’ in the remote mountains of the Alpujarras;
  • Crime: a spring or summer week in Sicily, home of the Mafia;
  • Myth and the Muses: a summer week in Greece, ancestral home of Western literature.

A student may as an alternative elect to organise a DIY writers’ retreat, aligned to their own specific needs as a writer.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

The core mandatory modules are:

  • The Novel, the Graphic Novel and Creative Non-Fiction
  • Writing for Stage and Television
  • Writing Genre Fiction
  • Creative Dissertation

Optional modules* include:

  • Writing for Film and Video Production
  • Poetry and Style in a Digital Age
  • Eco-writing
  • Multimodal Writing

*Choose two. Note that the provision of optional modules is dependent on student choice and numbers and may vary year to year.

HOW WILL THIS COURSE BE TAUGHT?

Teaching and learning will take place in workshops, seminars, lectures and tutorials. Eco-writing sessions will take place outside of the classroom and multimodal writing will take place in an Art and Design laboratory. Specialist software is available for scriptwriting and screenwriting and there will be a large array of online materials and resources available. There will be guest lectures by industry professionals and themed trips. Writers’ retreats will also be an inclusive feature of this course: these enable students to write in a relaxed environment and are in places of special interest to writers.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Module assessment is as follows:

The Novel, the Graphic Novel and Creative Nonfiction

Publishing package (synopsis + sample chapters + letter to publishers)

Writing for the Stage and Television

Theatre play or TV drama in submission ready format

Writing for Film and Video Production

Production package: screenplay + treatment, sketches or online video

Poetry and Style in a Digital Age

Online writing blog / stylistics analysis / portfolio for competition

Writing Genre Fiction (Crime, Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy)

Short story in a chosen genre in competition ready form

Eco-writing

Eco-artefact for online distribution

Multimodal Writing

Multimodal artefact

Research Methods

Creative Dissertation

Dissertation plan

Creative dissertation to embody a creative piece presented in professional form.

 

You will leave with a portfolio of assessed work in industry-ready form.

TEACHING CONTACT HOURS

There will normally be 9 contact hours per week with your tutors during semesters 1 and 2, plus intensive periods of writing on the writing retreats. During the third semester you will be working on your creative dissertation with arranged tutorials with your supervisor.

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the Professional Creative Writing MA should normally possess a good honours degree (first class, 2.1 or equivalent) in a cognate discipline. Students with a good honours degree from non-cognate disciplines are encouraged to apply on the basis of submission of a portfolio of creative work.

Candidates with professional or industry experience, and/or other relevant training and experience may be admitted with other qualifications. Mature and non-traditional entry students are welcome: applicants without formal qualifications but professional writing experience may be admitted on the basis of interview and submission of supporting material. Applicants who can demonstrate considerable experience at an appropriate professional level but who do not have the formal academic entry qualifications may also be admitted, subject to an assessment of their application.

Applications are encouraged from all suitably qualified persons irrespective of age, race, gender or disability. The applications and admissions procedure conforms to the University's policy on equal opportunities. General requirements are in line with University Policy.


English Language Requirement

For non-native speakers of English this course requires IELTS 6.5 or above. If you don't have the required level of English then view our range of Pre-Sessional English courses.

Alternatively, applicants will need Cambridge Proficiency Grade C or above; Certificate of Advanced English Grade A or B or CEFR B2/C1. 

HOW TO APPLY

To find out more about how to apply, click on the Apply For This Course button above. Many of our courses offer a part-time study option. Note that the part-time mode of study is not applicable to international students, unless you hold a relevant visa – please check with the international office.

For further advice on the academic programme, please contact

Course Director: Tim Kelly
tim.kelly@coventry.ac.uk

 

To find out more information about Postgraduate Study at Coventry University, including finance and funding and the benefits of further study, see our Postgraduate Study pages.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

You will have input from professional writers and specialists in the publishing and media industries and the opportunity to meet and network with working writers and writing organisations;

You will be able to write across a range of contemporary and emerging forms and genres;

You will leave with a portfolio of assessed work in industry-ready format.

WORK PLACEMENTS

Placements are not normally available on the 1 year MA; however the Employment Placement Tutor would be able to assist with related part-time and volunteering work.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR AN INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

Course content drawn from a wide range of international sources;

Online international learning with partner institutions overseas: students can work with student writers in other countries on collaborative writing projects;

One inclusive international writers’ retreat: current options are Sicily, Spain and Greece.

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

Centre for Global Engagement logoTo prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Click here for further details on the Global Leaders Programme.

 

Further information

If you click on the Order a Prospectus button above, we will send you a printed Postgraduate Prospectus; alternatively you can download a pdf prospectus.

To find out more information about Postgraduate Study at Coventry University, including finance and funding and the benefits of further study, see our Postgraduate Study pages.

APPLY FOR THIS COURSE ORDER A PROSPECTUS
Course code:
AHT001
Duration:
  • 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Qualification:
  • Postgraduate Degree (MBA / MSc / MA / MPA)
  • Postgraduate Certificate / Postgraduate Diploma

Course type:
  • Full time
  • Part time

Fees:
£7,374

Contact Details:

Recruitment and Admissions Office

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321