The Masters in Creative Writing is one of the most celebrated creative programmes in the country. Based in the Edwin Morgan Writing Centre, it is offered on a full-time or a part-time basis (one year or two years). The Masters in Creative Writing by Distance Learning was launched in September 2008. The Distance Learning programme is identical to the campus-based programme but with seminars, workshops and tutorials conducted online or by telephone in real time. It is available on a full-time, one-year basis only.
What distinguishes this Masters is its clear three-part structure that focuses on creative, critical and practical issues.
- Regular Workshops and Tutorials provide the creative context, and students’ portfolios – consisting of poetry, fiction, life-writing or script-writing – are at the heart of the summative assessment.+++
- The Craft & Experimentation course challenges writers in a series of seminars to investigate unfamiliar formal and thematic areas, to experiment and take risks, and to unsettle and extend themselves. This course delves into elements of craft, reading like a writer, and experimentation in creative practice: the purpose being to reach a shared creative vocabulary and knowledge (in part, for workshop discussions) and to explore precedents and techniques for creating character, point of view, place, time and structure, and to consider related themes to give depth to your own writing and critical skills.
- The Editing & Publication course explores copyright, the publishing world, and provides specific, non-prescriptive technical sessions to consider strategy, style and form. The Editorial Project gives students the opportunity to tailor work to their own key interests, for example publishing and editing (paper and electronic), mentoring, archiving and librarianship, formal transposition, and much else.
Distinguished visiting speakers from the world of writing and publishing contribute to the programme. It also boasts a sophisticated electronic learning environment and a dedicated resource centre, the Edwin Morgan Writing Room, with its book, periodical and audio-visual library.
For more information about the MLitt programme visit the University of Glasgow’s Official Site.
The MFA in Applied Creative Writing, commencing in 2009-10, is a two year programme designed for students wishing to follow a career in writing and teaching creative writing, with an emphasis on seminar and workshop teaching with tutorial support, in Europe, North America, or elsewhere.
Creative Writing MFA students here at the University of Glasgow will develop mature critical skills and nurture creative habits to build a career in the ever changing writing, publishing and educational fields.
By reading and discussing diverse texts, students increase critical skills which can be applied to their own writing craft and process, as well as to further and deeper engagement with other texts and areas of publishing.
In Year 1, students will take the existing M Litt course full time. In Year 2, MFA students follow the strucured programme of the first year of the Creative Writing PhD, plus sessions focussing on the development of teaching skills specific to Creative Writing.
They will acquire a broad practical experience of writing, the publishing industry, movements and trends of the last hundred years, which are provided by the Editorial and Transmission courses in their first year, and the demanding critical and theoretical experience of the first year of the PhD, as well as thirty creative writing workshop sessions in which the issues of teaching creative writing will be foregrounded, and substantial tutorial engagement.
In both years, students have one to one tutorials with writers on staff. A portfolio of writing of up to 50,000 words is to be submitted at the end of the second year and subject to external examination. Online resources enhance access to information and staff and supports communication within our postgraduate body.
For more information about the MFA programme visit the University of Glasgow’s Official Site.
With thanks to the University of Glasgow’s Creative Writing Program for text and images.