Taught course

Professional Creative Writing

Institution
Coventry University · Coventry University
Qualifications
MA

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.

Months of entry

September

Course content

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.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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.

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Tim Kelly
Email
tim.kelly@coventry.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 24 7765 4321