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MA in Writing Course Structure for Part-time Students 2016-2017

PART-TIME COURSE STRUCTURE

There are two pathways through the Warwick MA in Writing:

Route A (TAUGHT): FIVE taught modules (compulsory Research for Writing plus FOUR other modules), in which a wide range of written work is produced. Part-time students who choose Route A generally take ONE module in the autumn term of their first year (in addition to compulsory Research for Writing). They go on to take ONE module in the spring term of their first year, ONE module in the autumn term of their second year, and ONE module in the spring term of their second year.

Route B (LONG PROJECT): THREE taught modules (compulsory Research for Writing plus TWO modules, one in the autumn term and one in the spring term), plus a long written project in any genre which the Programme is able to supervise. Permission to follow the 'Long Project' route depends on an assessment of the student's prior writing experience, a proposal submitted by 1 September (before part-time students enter their first year of study) and the availability of a qualified supervisor or supervisors.

During the first term of the second year, part-time students doing the Long Project will meet informally with tutors to discuss their project. Formal 1:1 supervision of the Long Project begins in Term 2 of the second part-time year and continues through Term 3.

For Part-time Students on either route:

Participation in workshops and other events - especially Warwick Thursdays - is expected and encouraged. Events take place throughout the year and students should factor attendance for these in their travel plans.

ROUTE A for part-time students

AUTUMN TERM

In the autumn term of their first year, part-time students following Route A will study ONE of the following (in addition to compulsory Research for Writing):

  • EN910 Warwick Fiction Workshop I
  • EN978 Writing for Children and Young People

*In the autumn term of their second year, part-time students following Route A will generally choose ONE module from the same list. There is, however, room for flexibility as well as the possibility that some modules may change from year to year.

Please note that students must take EN910 Fiction Workshop I in their first or second year. It is STRONGLY advised that students take Fiction Workshop I in their first year.

SPRING TERM

In the spring term of their first year, part-time students following Route A will study ONE of the following:
EN906 Warwick Fiction Workshop II
EN908 Writing Poetry
EN981 Writing about Human Rights and Injustice
or Another module from this list of MA modules (as long as the module is offered at 45 CATS)

*In the spring term of their second year, part-time students following Route A will generally choose ONE module from those in the same list. There is, however, room for flexibility as well as the possibility that some modules may change from year to year.

SUMMER TERM

Continuation of written projects under supervision and participation in workshops and other events

ROUTE B: LONG PROJECT for part-time students

Part-time students following Route B take ONE taught module in the autumn term of their first year (in addition to compulsory Research for Writing) and ONE module in the spring term of their first year, while developing their work on the Long Project throughout their time at Warwick. The second year of the part-time course is given to writing up, supported by additional workshops and 1:1 tutorials in the spring and summer terms. The course is structured so as to reinforce students' existing strengths in creative work in the autumn term and to give them a wide range of choice in the second, while enabling them to focus on a long piece of writing in their second year. Permission to follow the 'Long Project' route depends on an assessment of the student's prior experience of writing as well as the availability of a qualified supervisor or supervisors. We can offer supervision in Fiction (for adults or children), Non-fiction, and Poetry.

AUTUMN TERM

In the first term of their first year, part-time students following Route B will study ONE of the following (in addition to compulsory Research for Writing):

EN910 Warwick Fiction Workshop I

EN978 Writing for Children and Young People

SPRING TERM

Part-time students doing the Long Project must take ONE of the following modules during the spring term of their first year:
EN906 Warwick Fiction Workshop II
EN908 Writing Poetry
EN981 Writing about Human Rights and Injustice
or Another module from this list of MA modules (as long as the module is offered at 45 CATS)

SUMMER TERM

Long Project: continuation of work under supervision