Creative Writing: Innovation and Experiment
School - School of Arts & Media
Subject area - English and Creative Writing
Start Dates(s): September
MA (one year full-time or up to three years part-time)
PgDip (eight months full-time or two years part-time)
Part-time - £1,042 per 30 credit module
UK - £6,252
International - £12,900
- Learn from internationally published and performed award winning writers
- Develop a highly-innovative approach to creative writing
- Work in a vibrant location that nurtures your creative development
- Part-time study option
- International students can apply
Our course encourages you to develop and work at the edge of new and evolving practices. You will be invited to engage with fundamental issues in the theory of literature, producing original creative writing in prose, poetry, hybrid and experimental forms as you develop your personal practice through critical reflection.
The course will be of particular interest if you are a writer of prose or poetry, but you will not be required to commit to either form.
You may also be interested in taking individual modules from the course syllabus on a pay-as-you-go basis. This way you could either build up to gaining the full qualification or study for your own enjoyment and/or professional development.
“When I started the course, I thought that 'Innovation and Experiment' implied a particular approach to writing. However, the innovative and experimental elements are largely determined by the student rather than the syllabus, and all manner of styles from straight prose to highly experimental writing are encouraged. I've always enjoyed a good balance of critical theory and creative practice, so I was pleased to discover modules in which we read and discussed a wide range philosophy and theory relating to literature and creative practice - this has informed my writing and helped take it in a new direction.”Andrew Keegan, 2013-14 student
MA Creative Writing: Innovation and Experiment offers you the opportunity to develop your writing and to challenge your creative habits. You will be invited to:
- Engage with fundamental issues in the theory of literature
- Produce original creative writing in prose, poetry, hybrid and experimental forms
- Develop an ongoing personal practice through reflection on creative achievement and speculation on future development.
You will explore the role of theory in creative writing – engaging with fundamental issues that have influenced the development of innovative and experimental writing. You will be writing your own original work in a stimulating and supportive workshop environment and reflecting on how your social, political and gender positioning influences your creative production.
A series of lecture and seminars on philosophical contributions to major questions surrounding contemporary writing:
- What is a literary text?
- What is the relationship between language and writing?
- How can one write politically?
- How does one’s awareness of gender affect writing?
We will be reading the work of Freud, Marx, Derrida and others, examining how a wide variety of contemporary writers have explored these questions in creative practice including Charles Bernstein, Caroline Bergvall, David Eggers, Christine Brooke-Rose and many more.
You will undertake a series of workshops in which you share your own creative projects with fellow students and a writing tutor. Work will be submitted regularly in advance to the group and the tutor, who will make detailed preparation for the workshops including annotated material. This workshop provides a context for an on-going creative exploration of how theoretical ideas can influence and inform creative practice.
Study Theory, Text, Writing as a single module.
If you do not wish to continue onto the Postgraduate Diploma or full Masters qualification you can be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate if leaving the course at this stage.
You will explore the rich legacy of experimental writing from the 1950s onwards, learning about its links to theory and trying out your own experiments. You will be encouraged to push the boundaries of your creative practice in an adventurous way. You will also receive training in how to conduct yourself as a professional writer in the academic and cultural worlds.
- Technologies of the book
- Visual, sound and concrete poetry
- The use of mathematical rules and constraints in writing
- An introduction to new writing technologies including: hypertext, Photoshop, flash and web or CD/DVD
- The Novel as hypertext and narrative engineering
Study Experimental Practice as a single module.
- The public value of the arts
- Marketing, publishing and networking
- Writing a research proposal
- Effective oral presentations
If you do not wish to continue onto the dissertation project you can be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma if leaving the course at this stage.
As the culmination of this course of study, you will undertake an ambitious, large-scale independent creative project which will allow you to pursue the creative questions which fascinate you in more detail.
Year 1, Semester 2 (one core module)
- Experimental Practice (30 credits)
Year 2, Semester 1 (one core module)
- Writing Workshop (30 Credits)
Year 2, Semester 2 (one core module)
- Literature in the Academic and Cultural World (30 credits)
Year 3, Semesters 1 and 2 (one core module)
- Dissertation: Creative Project (60 Credits)