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MA in Writing

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  • Full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 years)
  • Literary fiction, life-writing, poetry, fantasy / SF, reviewing, theatre-writing, translation, writing for the young
  • Permanent staff include: Will Eaves, Maureen Freely, Michael Hulse, Silvija Jestrovic, A.L.Kennedy, China Miéville, David Morley, Jeremy Treglown
  • Visiting fellows / honorary professors include: Rebecca Abrams, Peter Blegvad, Paula Byrne, Jonathan Coe

The Warwick MA in Writing is intended for students who are already experienced as well as ambitious practising writers, whether published or not. We don’t believe that creativity, as such, can be taught, or that it is only fulfilled in ‘the marketplace’, but we do aim to help develop technical writing skills which students will find useful professionally, whether in full-time authorship or in related professions such as publishing, the media, or teaching.

Course content and methods of teaching and assessment involve a mixture of approaches based on workshops and 1:1 supervision, portfolios and longer written projects. Students may opt to take modules based on more traditional academic pedagogies. View the course outlines and current options.

At least as important as teaching are the space and stimulus to write within a community of people with similar aspirations, facing similar practical, imaginative and intellectual problems. The literary community at Warwick is a scholarly as well as a creative one: the University is the most highly ranked research institution, nationally, to offer such a degree. Much of the value of the course comes from students’ working on the University campus and making use of the full range of activities which it offers. (NB while many students will inevitably have to be earning money some of the time, full-time students aren't permitted to have a full-time job. The reasons for this rule – which applies to all full-time degrees at Warwick – are positive rather than negative: we want you to be able to make the most of a year which passes all too quickly.)

Entrance requirements/admissions procedure

Candidates will be selected on the basis of your personal statement and portfolio of written work - this need be no more than 5000 words of poetry or fiction or a mix of the two. You must upload this with your online application form. They will normally be required to have an upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualification and an IELTS of 7.5 or higher if you have not previously studied in an English speaking institution. Applications must be made online and these can be found at www.warwick.ac.uk/go/pgapply

For further information and details of how to apply, email the MA in Writing Admissions Tutor, Dr Will Eaves.

 The ‘Writers at Warwick’ series and other external links

Staff of the Programme have excellent links not only with other writers but also with publishing houses, literary journals and agencies, with national and regional organizations such as the Arts Council, PEN and the Royal Literary Fund, and with other creative writing schools both in Britain and in the USA. A regular series under the title ‘Litbiz’ brings literary professionals to the Writers’ Room, where they meet students informally over sandwiches before giving a talk chaired by one of the MA students. Another series, ‘Work in Progress’, gives an opportunity for writers – including Warwick staff - to read from and discuss their current projects.

In partnership with the Warwick Arts Centre, the Writing Programme also helps to organize Writers at Warwick, a weekly series of public readings and talks by visiting authors throughout the academic year. More than 300 writers have appeared in the series since 1997, among them Monica Ali, Martin Amis, Julian Barnes, A.S. Byatt, Umberto Eco, Bernardine Evaristo, Michael Frayn, Christopher Hampton, Tony Harrison, Nick Hornby, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Hanif Kureishi, Hermione Lee, Doris Lessing, Mario Vargas Llosa, David Lodge, Ian McEwan, Andrew Motion, Tim Parks, Michèle Roberts, Salman Rushdie, Will Self, Wole Soyinka, Meera Syal, Derek Walcott, Marina Warner, Fay Weldon Edmund White and Gao Xingjian. We regard students’ active participation in these events as an essential part of their experience on the Writing Programme. Full details can be accessed at the Warwick Arts Centre website: www.warwickartscentre.co.uk.

The Writing Programme is closely involved with the new IATL Centre (Institute of Advanced teaching and Learning: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/iatl) - a new centre ssupporting the University's commitment to innovative teaching and a distinctive student experience. The Centre facilitates a number of activities which overlap with those of the Writing Programme - among them, writing for performance. The Centre is housed in a large, newly converted block next to University House, ten minutes’ walk from the Humanities Building. It contains studios, exhibition space, IT facilities and a new Writers’ Room which we use for a range of literary activities. The Centre has a fellowship programme of its own. In the current academic year the fellows include the poet and editor Fiona Sampson and the dramatist Adriano Shaplin, both of whom work with the Writing Programme.

Other aspects of the Programme’s work include international conferences and public debates on topics which have included Censorship, The Needs of Writers, Minority Cultures and the Establishment Press, Science Writing, Creativity, Women in the British Theatre, Writing for Children and Journalism and Public Policy. In 2008, we mounted Pencilfest: the First National Student Writers' Festival.

 

International students

English language requirements: we require an IELTS score of at least 7.5

More information for international students