MA Creative Writing & Education

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    MA 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

Course Description

This is an MA in Creative Writing like no other. If you want to thrive as a creative writer and are passionate about learning, then this unique programme is for you. You will not only progress exponentially as a writer, but also learn how to research and teach writing in a wide range of contexts.

You will study how writing can be used in dynamic, real-world settings such as charities, prisons, schools, creative and mental health organisations, and the cultural/corporate sector.

The programme will provide you with an invaluable toolbox of writing, teaching, and research strategies that will help you personally and professionally. You will grow as a writer, and gain skills and experience which could open doors to creative professions such as publishing and arts management, as well as roles in educational institutions.

Alumni include some of the most significant writers to emerge in recent years such as Raymond Antrobus, Dean Atta, S.K. Perry and Sara Hirsch.

Entry Requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard in a relevant/related subject.

You will need to submit a portfolio of your creative or life writing when you apply. Your portfolio should include one item, or a combination of items, from the following list (up to a maximum of 6,000 words):

  • 1 or 2 short stories
  • 10-15 poems
  • 2 or 3 extracts from a novel
  • 2 or 3 extracts from non-fiction writing

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Programme Funding

Goldsmiths offers a range of financial support including postgraduate scholarships, bursaries and fee waivers. These are awarded based on a variety of criteria, for example academic achievements or personal circumstances.

Module Details

You’ll have the opportunity to develop your own creative writing practices and explore a range of educational approaches towards creative writing.

You’ll work with practising and published creative writing lecturers and education lecturers in collaboration with professionals working in local cultural institutions.

You’ll participate in creative and life writing workshops and research creative writing pedagogies in classrooms and educational settings.

You have to complete 180 credits points, made up from:

One compulsory module in the Department of English and Creative Writing:
Workshop in Creative and Life Writing (30 credits)
Two compulsory modules in the Department of Educational Studies in association with the British Library, Poetry Society, English and Media Centre, Apples and Snakes, Ministry of Stories, The Complete Works (a distance learning version of these two modules is also offered):
Teaching Creative Writing (which explores how to teach creative writing) (30 credits)
Educational Research into Creative Writing (which explores how to research creative writing) (30 credits)
An optional module in either the Department of Educational Studies (30 credits)
A dissertation in the Department of Educational Studies or the Department of English and Creative Writing (60 credits)
Practitioners who already have existing M-level credits may transfer these on to the MA.

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