Masters | Postgraduate Course - Creative Writing MA Course Details within Manchester Metropolitan University

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Creative Writing MA

Study Details

MA 1 year full-time (campus) / 2 years part-time (campus or online)

“One of the greatest pleasures of my working life continues to be the Manchester Writing School at MMU – a department with a real sense of family, achievement and celebration, and an ethos of nurturing and innovation.”

Professor Carol Ann Duffy DBE – Poet Laureate and Creative Director of the Manchester Writing School

At the heart of the Manchester Writing School are our Masters programmes in Creative Writing, available to study on campus in Manchester, and also from anywhere in the world via online distance learning.

On our Master of Arts (MA) Creative Writing programme, you will explore and practice techniques and styles of modern and contemporary writing and apply these through the development of your own creative work. MA students undertake a taught element blending writing workshops with reading units and an elective, and then complete their studies through submission of an extended piece of writing from a proposed full-length book. The MA is available to complete in one year full-time, or two years part-time/online.

You will specialise in one of the following routes:

  • Novel Writing (including Short Fiction)
  • Poetry Writing
  • Writing for Children & Young Adults
  • Place Writing

Features and benefits of the course

• The most successful programme of its kind in the UK today with more than 75 students and graduates publishing first books in the past ten years.
• Regular events, podcasts, and question and answer sessions with guest writers at Manchester Met and Manchester arts venues.
• Strong links to the publishing industry with regular visits from major agents, editors and publishers.
• All MA students will complete an extended piece of writing from a proposed full-length book.
• Students who successfully complete the MA can continue their studies with an additional year, completing an additional 120 credits (which includes writing a full-length book) and gaining
an MFA.
• Flexible learning for busy people: teaching on core units takes place in the evenings (one, two or three hour classes between 6 and 9pm UK time), with electives delivered on an intensive three-day model or studied independently with one-to-one tutorial supervision.
•Live online teaching: core teaching for distance learning students is via weekly text-based chat room sessions in the evening teaching slots.

Taught by high-profile writers and critics including: Andrew Biswell, N. M. Browne, Eleanor Byrne, Adam Dalton, Carol Ann Duffy, Nikolai Duffy, Catherine Fox, Rachel Genn, Helen Marshall, Livi Michael, Gregory Norminton, Adam O’Riordan, Michael Symmons Roberts, Jacqueline Roy, Nicholas Royle, Andrew Rudd, Jean Sprackland and Joe Stretch. With input from our Visiting Fellows: Sherry Ashworth, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Mandy Coe, Amanda Dalton, Anjum Malik, Patrick McGrath, Stephen Raw, Hugh Stoddart, and Barry Wood.

Module details

Year 1

This MA blends writing workshops, where you produce and develop your own work-in-progress with regular feedback from tutors and colleagues, with reading courses, which look at the techniques, forms and styles used by a range of writers in modern and contemporary literature. All students also take an elective unit from a suite of options which may include: Crime Fiction, From Historical Fact to Contemporary Fiction, Media Skills for Creative Writers, Teaching Creative Writing, Writing about Relationships or an Independent Creative Project. These electives can also be taken separately as discrete short courses. The final piece of work for the MA is the Dissertation – an extended piece of creative writing from a proposed full-length book. This single year is spread across two years for part-time and online students.

Entry Requirements

In order to apply, you will need to submit a completed application form, a sample of creative writing, a book review and one reference.

Each application is allocated to a specialist tutor in the candidate’s chosen discipline, who reads and assesses it, looking for evidence of:

  • A very high standard of written English;
  • Creative talent and potential;
  • Control of form, style and technique;
  • Commitment to the craft of writing and the development of writing skills through workshops and supervision;
  • Substantial reading within the relevant field.

If your application meets these criteria, the tutor will contact you directly to arrange a telephone or face-to-face interview at a mutually convenient time.

Student Destinations

The Manchester Writing School is one the UK’s leading schools of creative writing. It is also home to ground-breaking outreach activities, international writing competitions, series of city-wide literary events, innovative publishing projects, and the Manchester Children’s Book Festival. These activities provide our students with many opportunities to get involved and develop their experience in a number of exciting directions. On completion of this course you may decide to pursue MFA, MPhil or PhD study, or to develop a career in bookselling, agenting, publishing, editing, the media, or teaching creative writing. An unrivalled number of our graduates have become published writers.

Students have access to the Careers and Employability Hub located in the business school, offering a host of information resources, one-to-one careers support and employability events throughout the year. This service is also available for up to three years after you graduate.