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Birmingham City University


The MA in Writing is run and validated by Birmingham City University and is aimed at emerging writers. It may be taken full-time over one year or part-time over two years. Modules are available in Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Screenwriting, Scripting/Staging, and Poetry.
Duration 1 year full time; 2 years part time.
Level MA
Cost 2012/2013 (per single 30 credit module): £810 2012/2013 (for 60 credit final project): £1,620
Students will be helped with professional advancement through the end-of-year show and the annual anthology, both of which offer excellent showcasing opportunities. Students will also have contact with visiting industry professionals who offer specific advice and guidance. The course includes use of the Moodle e-learning interface, especially forums, enabling regular contact with fellow students.
Undergraduate degree OR evidence of promise or achievement. All applicants must submit a sample of recent creative work with their application, in any literary genre (including fictional and non-fictional prose, poetry, scriptwriting, screenwriting). Admission to the course is based on talent. Applicants are asked to submit a portfolio of writing, published or unpublished, and are then interviewed by members of the MA teaching team. Applications are considered throughout the year for entry in September of any academic year. Students are selected on the basis of their work and the interview. At the beginning of each academic year (late September / early October), a series of introductory workshops will be offered for those starting their MA studies.
Reading into Writing: The module is based on the premise that good writing derives not just from the observation of personal and social life, but from an understanding of books. The aim of this module is to give you intensive exposure to the modes of creativity practised and described by established writers from the past and the present to inform and encourage your own experience as a writer. Final Project: This module builds on the rest of the course and gives you the opportunity to develop the skills learnt in your genre modules. It also prepares you for the writing marketplace, helping you produce - with guidance - substantial publishable work. Optional Modules: Three out of five of the following genre modules, each of which provides an opportunity for you to develop a substantial piece of work:Fiction: devising and improving short stories and novels, Creative nonfiction: shaping and writing real life stories, Screenwriting: adapting and presenting stories for the screen, Scripting and Staging: offered in cooperation with the Garrick Trust; students collaborate with established theatre professionals, including directors and actors, to produce stageable work, 21st-century Poetry: the writing and design of contemporary poetry.
Contact Information
Institution Birmingham City University
School of English, City North Campus
Perry Bar,
B42 2SU

Tel: +44 (0)121 331 5636 (admissions tutor)
Fax: (+44) (0) 121 331 6692
Department: School of English
Contact Name: Admissions Tutor / Dr Gregory Leadbetter: Director, MA in Writing
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