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Bath Spa University

Travel and Nature Writing

The Master of Arts in Travel and Nature Writing is designed for writers seeking advanced skills in the growing field of creative non-fiction inspired by the natural world and contemporary journeying. The course focuses on the application of writing skills to match the requirements of the travel and nature writing sector. To this end, students will learn from engagement, encounter, workshop, tuition and mentoring; they will develop their professional practice and produce a portfolio of work to help establish their careers in this highly competitive field. Distance learning with residential sessions.
Duration Low residency: 1 year
Level MA
Cost UK Home/EU Tuition Fees 2012/13: £4,875. International Tuition Fees 2012/13: £10,340.
This is a low residency course over three semesters. It will consist of three week-long residential sessions, meeting visiting writers and industry specialists; distance learning modules designed to familiarise participants with the standards, interests and publishing requirements of the sector; one-to-one tutorials and mentoring providing the opportunity to turn experience into well-crafted writing of publication standard. Applied creative non-fiction, hands-on experience, tuition from industry professionals. Ideal for writers inspired by the natural world and contemporary journeying ambitious to become published professionals.
A first degree, a formal application, samples of travel and/or nature writing and interview.
The course begins with an intense six-day residential session for induction, introduction to distance learning, taught modules and mentoring sessions. The first two semesters involves writing regular pieces which are critiqued by tutors and peers. Through a business and context module, students can explore the ethics, history and development of a particular area of travel and nature writing. The second residency takes place in January or February. Throughout the course students will develop a portfolio of their best work and a journal tracking their submissions to publications; in this they will be supported by a mentor. The third residency will involve fieldwork, normally outside the UK.
Contact Information
Institution Bath Spa University
School of Humanities and Cultural Industries
Newton Park Campus, Newton St Loe,

Tel: (01225) 875624 Admissions
Fax: (01225) 875605
Department: School of Humanities and Cultural Industries
Contact Name: Course Director Dr Paul Evans
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