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Anglia Ruskin University

Creative Writing

Hone your writing and expand your opportunities for publication. Our workshops will help you to develop your self-editing and refine your work using feedback from your peers and tutors. Get advice from our team of specialist lecturers, study classic and contemporary authors, and learn about the modern publishing industry.
Duration 12 months full-time or up to 3 years part-time (September starts); 15 months full-time or up to 3 years part-time (January starts).
Level MA, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma
Cost UK & EU students (per year) £5,850 UK & EU students (per year part-time) £2,925 International students, 2015/16 (per year) £10,500
If you’re a practising writer, this course will allow you to develop your craft in a supportive literary environment. You’ll get the chance to work on your existing projects or try out something completely new, working across a range of styles and genres. Your first modules will focus on novels and short stories, while Special Topic and dissertation projects can range from drama and screenwriting to graphic novels and performance poetry*. You’ll share your work with, and get invaluable feedback from, our experienced teaching team as well as your fellow students, giving you a unique perspective on how your work is read by different audiences. All your writing will be supported by a close study of the most distinguished writers and works in each form. You’ll learn to reflect critically on other people’s writing, and through this discover new ways to understand and improve your own. If you want to get published, you can get advice from our team of specialists, led by Laura Dietz, Una McCormack and Colette Paul, as well as our current Royal Literary Fund Fellow, John Farndon. We’ll introduce you to the writing industry through talks, masterclasses and networking opportunities with agents, publishers and established fiction writers. Our past tutors and speakers have included writers like Rebecca Stott, Toby Litt, Shelley Weiner, Martyn Waites, Julia Bell, Chris Beckett, Graham Joyce and Esther Freud. You can choose to study this course in Cambridge (full or part-time) or Chelmsford (part-time only).
Main •A good honours degree, (or equivalent), normally in a related subject. Applicants with professional experience are also encouraged to apply. •If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 overall ( Academic level) with 7.0 in the writing component or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University We'll also ask you to supply a writing portfolio, consisting of 2,000 to 5,000 words of your recent writing. This will ideally include some fiction. You may choose to submit a single short story, an extract from a larger work such as a novel, or a collection of shorter pieces, such as a few poems, a segment of a feature-length screenplay, and a piece of flash fiction. Please also include a letter of application no longer than two pages, which answers the following questions. •Why have you chosen this piece of writing? •What are its strengths and weaknesses? •Why might we want to offer you a place on the course? •What experience of fiction writing do you have? •What are your hopes and expectations of the course? While many students have studied literature and/or writing as undergraduates, we welcome applications from committed writers from any educational background. Doctors, lawyers, engineers, architects, scientists and historians have all had great success on the course. Diverse interests and areas of expertise enhance our peer group. If you’re an international applicant, please host your portfolio online if possible and let us know the URL, or email it to us as a PDF. We’ll also accept CDs or hardcopy sent by post to our International Admissions Office, but please note that these will not be returned to you.
Core modules •Patterns of Story: Fiction and its Forms •Workshop: the Novel •Workshop: the Short Story •Special Topic Assessment On each core module, you’ll show your progress through one or more pieces of writing. For the Patterns of Fiction module, this will be a single critical essay including samples of your own writing. For the other three modules you’ll submit one creative portfolio of up to 4,500 words, plus a critical reflection on your work and writing process. You can also take several optional modules from our MA Publishing or MA English Literature courses. The major project at the end of the course will allow you to present up to 15,000 words of your chosen writing project, including a critical commentary.
Contact Information
Institution Anglia Ruskin University
Cambridge Campus
East Road,

Tel: +44 1245 68 68 68
Department: English and Media
Contact Name: Laura.Dietz, Course Leader
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