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Writing Workshop - single module

Level 7 (30 credits)

School - School of Arts & Media

Subject area - English and Creative Writing

Start Date(s): September


  • 11 weeks
  • September - December 2012

Fees 2018-19:

2019-20 fees will be displayed shortly.

Part-time - £1,260

In Brief:

  • Provides you with a supportive, nurturing environment to develop your own creative writing project
  • Detailed regular feedback from professional writers
  • Based at MediaCityUK
  • A part-time only course
  • Based at MediaCityUK
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

This module provides you with the opportunity to develop your creative writing in a supportive and nurturing environment. You’ll meet regularly with your fellow writers and your tutor to discuss your own original work, and in turn you’ll give your feedback on others’ writing. This workshop also invites you to think about how important ideas such as Feminism and Postmodernism, for example, might influence and inform our creative practice. You’ll be asking big questions about yourself and your writing: why do you write? How do you write? What do you want to achieve in your next piece of writing?

This course can be studied alone or as part of the MA Creative Writing.

Entry Requirements

Normally a 2:1 Honours degree in English, Creative Writing or a related Arts subject will be required.  An applicant with a 2:2 Honours degree (or equivalent) may begin as a PgDip student. If the student passes all modules, s/he may progress to writing the dissertation to obtain the MA.

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International students must provide evidence of proficiency in English – IELTS with an overall band score of 6.5 (no individual band less than 5.5) or an equivalent recognized Secure English Language Test score.

Suitable For

The course is for humanities graduates and/or experienced creative writers who are looking to challenge their conceptions of literature and develop their own practice in new ways. The course will also function as an introduction to further creative study at PhD level.

Fees 2019-20

Fees for entry in 2019 will be displayed shortly.

Fees 2018-19

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Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.


Creative work will be submitted to the group and the tutor two days before the weekly workshop. Everyone is expected to make detailed preparation for the workshops including reading and annotating the creative material. A group workshop contract will be generated by the students and the tutor at the beginning to agree ways of working, frequency of submissions, style of feedback etc.


The module has two pieces of assessment:
A piece of creative work (e.g. 6,000 word prose, c.20 poems, a 1 hour script or equivalent work in hybrid or cross-generic forms) worth 80% of the mark and a 1,000 word piece of reflective writing worth 20% of the mark.


Previous graduates have gone onto further study and training and participated in literary culture through organising competitions and publishing in magazines. Two of the 2010-11 cohort are studying for PhDs in Creative Writing and three students have undertaken internships at local publishers The Knives Forks and Spoons Press and Carcanet.

Links with Industry

The course benefits from a regular programme of visiting writers to the English Subject Group through the ‘Vital Signs’ and ‘Drama Workshops’ series. In addition, at least two workshops per academic year are convened by key figures in innovative writing. Past visitors have included: Robert Sheppard, Phil Davenport, Allen Fisher, Camille Martin, Carrie Etter, Philip Kuhn and Tony Trehy. These events create opportunities for local, national and international networking.

Other local links include the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester, Bury Art Gallery’s Text Festival (curated by Tony Trehy); Community Interest Group arthur+martha (directed by Phil Davenport and Lois Blackburn), The Knives Forks and Spoons Press (Alec Newman) and The Other Room poetry series (co-run by James Davies, Tom Jenks and Scott Thurston). These links benefit students through creating opportunities to engage with the latest contemporary practices, to network with established writers, to perform and publish their work and to learn about teaching and publishing creative writing.

Further Study

  • PhD Creative Writing
  • PhD English Literature

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