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Brunel University

Creative Writing - The Novel

We designed this MA quite simply to teach everything we think a new novelist ought to know. It combines a focus on the skills of writing full-length fiction with a clear-eyed exploration of the publishing process and related creative fields. This MA has attracted considerable interest among publishers and literary agents, many of whom participate actively in the programme. In addition, the Internship Programme offers a unique opportunity in a Creative Writing Master's programme for you not only to understand the role that the creative industries play in shaping a writing career but actually to participate in these fields.
Duration 1-year full-time; 2-year part-time
Level MA
Cost Fees for 2012/13 entry: Home/EU students: £5,060 full-time, £2,530 part-time. International students: £12,650 full-time, £6,325 part-time. Funding may be available.
Taught by leading writers. Career oriented and focused on current professional practice. Our West London campus allows maximum contact with the arts in the capital. The Curtis Brown Prize, worth £1,500, is awarded annually to a student from the MA programme in Creative Writing: The Novel. The winner is chosen by senior agents at Curtis Brown, the leading literary and talent agency, from amongst those students who achieve an A or A* grade for their dissertation. Curtis Brown may also, at their discretion, make an offer of representation to the winner. The School of Arts offers a bursary to a Brunel graduate wishing to progress to the MA in Creative Writing: The Novel. The bursary recipient is chosen on the basis of their undergraduate grade profile.
This is a Master's course designed to prepare you for a career as a professional writer. We expect applicants to have a good honours degree or equivalent professional experience. Usually, applicants to this programme who do not have a degree in English or Creative Writing have taken courses such as those offered by the Open University or the Arvon Foundation or have attended private writing workshops. You should be able to show that you have developed your writing and your understanding of literature through private study. To apply, complete the postgraduate application form and submit it with a sample of your fiction writing of between two and five thousand words which you feel demonstrates appropriate ability and commitment. Applicants of appropriate standard will then be invited to an interview. Interviews are arranged in April and August. Applications made during or after August for the forthcoming academic year can be considered in exceptional circumstances.
You should take four taught modules including at least one industry-oriented module and then you will be able to work one to one with a tutor to prepare your dissertation of between 20,000 and 40,000 words. Modules include: Elements of Fiction, Planning a Novel, Paths to Publication. Option Modules: Theories of Practice, Screenwriting, Feature journalism, History of the Novel, Exploring Poetry. Dissertation: You will be able to work one-to-one with your Dissertation Tutor to write a novel extract of up to 40,000 words and a related a critical commentary.
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Institution Brunel University
School of Arts

Tel: +44 (0)1895 267214
Department: School of Arts
Contact Name: Donna White
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