Bath Spa University

United Kingdom

Residential program

Degrees offered: MA in Creative Writing; MA in Writing for Young People, MA in Scriptwriting; MA Travel & Nature Writing; PhD in Creative Writing

MA Creative Writing

The MA in Creative Writing is widely recognized, in the academy and the publishing industry, as one of the leading courses of its type in Britain. The aim is to enable each student to produce a book of publishable quality or as near as they can manage: this may be a novel, a book of poems, a book of stories, or a work of literary nonfiction. In recent years students have been successful in publishing novels and poetry, winning prestigious awards, securing book contacts and agents and having work performed on BBC radio.

Module groups consist of ten students or fewer. Writing workshops are taught by publishing writers including novelists recently listed for the Man Booker, Orange and Story Prizes, and poets listed for the T.S.Eliot Prize. In addition to the modules, there is a programme of visits throughout the year by literary agents, publishers, and writers: a key aim of the course is to acquaint students with the industry and equip them to understand how best to place their writing.

The MA in Writing for Young People is for students who wish to specialize in writing for young people of different ages, ranging from the picture book age through to adolescent and crossover writing. Students take two writing workshop modules, plus modules in Forms, Ages and Stages and Contemporary Children's Publishing, and a double Manuscript module. This course has a great reputation with agents and publishers and an excellent record of success for students and graduates.

The MA in Scriptwriting is taught in seventeen intensive weekend workshops spread over twelve months. Students take modules in dramatic structure and professional skills and write a polished full length script to use as their calling card. The purpose of the course is to prepare students to be professional writers.

MA Travel and Nature Writing (low residency)

This new course is designed for writers seeking advanced skills in creative non-fiction inspired by the natural world and contemporary journeying. Students will be immersed in a literature which covers these fields and more to provide a context and a sense of belonging for their own work. This is a low-residency course and much of the tuition will take place in residential sessions away from campus and through distance learning. However, the course is based at Bath Spa University's historic Corsham Court campus.

The PhD programme offers writers the opportunity to qualify for a doctorate by completing a full-length manuscript over three years with the support of expert teachers and a strong student community in one of the leading centres for creative writing in British higher education. Each student has a team of supervisors, including at least one publishing writer. Teaching is through tutorials and specialist postgraduate seminars. Each student must complete a volume-length manuscript (a novel, book of stories, book of poems, playscript or series of scripts or work of literary nonfiction) and a research dissertation of not more than 20,000 words. The research must be connected with the creative writing and may take various forms, such as a critical study of writers in the same genre, a piece of original research necessary for the writing, an argumentative study of a topic important in the creative writing, a study of how other writers have treated the same subject-matter or an analysis of how research has been involved in the creative process.

The low residency PhD will commence recruiting in January 2012 for Fall 2012 commencement.

Contact Information

Newton St. Loe Bath
Newton Park
United Kingdom
BA2 9BN
Phone: 07986174929
Email: c.etter@bathspa.ac.uk
http://bathspa.ac.uk/schools/humanities-and-cultural-industries/creative-writing/default.asp



DEGREE PROGRAMS

Our comprehensive programme includes prose, poetry, drama, feature journalism and life writing: in fact, whatever you want to write, there should be the opportunity at BSU. We also make films and DVDs, and encourage you to get involved in a wide range of writing-related areas such as readings, performances and magazines. Our Broadcast and Publishing labs give you the chance to work with practicing industry professionals using state-of-the-art equipment to enhance your creativity.

Course Structure and Content

"Creative Writing is in essence a developmental subject where the successful student is required to be an active participant in their own learning. Fully to achieve the outcomes of a Creative Writing course, techniques and knowledge must be personalised, internalised and re-expressed." (NAWE Benchmark statement)

Because of this developmental essence, our core modules involve week-by-week working, writing, research and reflection, and you will be assessed not only on the quality of your final products, but on your progress, and on the extent to which you have engaged with the course.

Year 1 (Level 4)

This is the time to experiment, and try out as many kinds and styles of writing as possible. It is also the time to build the habits of writing which will provide the foundations for your future development. The compulsory core workshop module helps you develop your own writing, and to see yourself as a writer. You will have the opportunity to take part in a group project (for example, making a film, or organising an event or performance). The optional genre modules in prose, poetry and script encourage you to read widely, and to contextualise your own work in terms of other writing. There are also specialist Publishing and Media options for Creative Writing students subject to availability.

Year 2 (Level 5)

In Year 2 you will learn more specialised skills, and you will be encouraged to take your work into the creative world outside the course. The compulsory core workshop module picks up where the core module in year one left off: you will be expected to produce work week by week, and to develop as a writer and a reader. You will be encouraged to research suitable markets for your writing. A range of optional modules offer the chance to try out specialist areas such as Life Writing, Writing for Theatre, Genre Fiction and Performance Poetry. If you're keen on screen, then you can take the optional 40 credit Making a Film module, based in our Artswork facilities, run to industry standards, and taught by accomplished practitioners. Year 2 is designed to give you the confidence and skills to push yourself to your limits in Year 3.

Year 3 (Level 6)

In Year 3 you apply the skills learned in the first two years. You are encouraged to develop your own characteristic styles and approaches, and to take your work out into the world as far as possible.

The year-long structure of the modules enables you to work intensively on large-scale projects: you can specialise in two of five areas (Fiction, Non Fiction, Poetry, Script, and Writing for Young People). Alternatively you can realise your own ambitions, and gain academic credit for the creative work you do outside the act of writing in our Enterprise Project module. For example, you could put on a play, research and gain experience in the career of your choice, organise an event - anything, in fact, that you can imagine, and we can help you realise.

Largest Class Size: 24
Smallest Class Size: 9
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Writing for Children
Unit of Measure: Credits
Other: Please note UK credit system is different from US
Total Units for Degree: 360

Our comprehensive programme includes prose, poetry, drama, feature journalism and life writing: in fact, whatever you want to write, there should be the opportunity at BSU. We also make films and DVDs, and encourage you to get involved in a wide range of writing-related areas such as readings, performances and magazines. Our Broadcast and Publishing labs give you the chance to work with practicing industry professionals using state-of-the-art equipment to enhance your creativity.

Course Structure and Content

"Creative Writing is in essence a developmental subject where the successful student is required to be an active participant in their own learning. Fully to achieve the outcomes of a Creative Writing course, techniques and knowledge must be personalised, internalised and re-expressed." (NAWE Benchmark statement)

Because of this developmental essence, our core modules involve week-by-week working, writing, research and reflection, and you will be assessed not only on the quality of your final products, but on your progress, and on the extent to which you have engaged with the course.

Year 1 (Level 4)

This is the time to experiment, and try out as many kinds and styles of writing as possible. It is also the time to build the habits of writing which will provide the foundations for your future development. The compulsory core workshop module helps you develop your own writing, and to see yourself as a writer. You will have the opportunity to take part in a group project (for example, making a film, or organising an event or performance). The optional genre modules in prose, poetry and script encourage you to read widely, and to contextualise your own work in terms of other writing. There are also specialist Publishing and Media options for Creative Writing students subject to availability.

Year 2 (Level 5)

In Year 2 you will learn more specialised skills, and you will be encouraged to take your work into the creative world outside the course. The compulsory core workshop module picks up where the core module in year one left off: you will be expected to produce work week by week, and to develop as a writer and a reader. You will be encouraged to research suitable markets for your writing. A range of optional modules offer the chance to try out specialist areas such as Life Writing, Writing for Theatre, Genre Fiction and Performance Poetry. If you’re keen on screen, then you can take the optional 40 credit Making a Film module, based in our Artswork facilities, run to industry standards, and taught by accomplished practitioners. Year 2 is designed to give you the confidence and skills to push yourself to your limits in Year 3.

Year 3 (Level 6)

In Year 3 you apply the skills learned in the first two years. You are encouraged to develop your own characteristic styles and approaches, and to take your work out into the world as far as possible.

The year-long structure of the modules enables you to work intensively on large-scale projects: you can specialise in two of five areas (Fiction, Non Fiction, Poetry, Script, and Writing for Young People). Alternatively you can realise your own ambitions, and gain academic credit for the creative work you do outside the act of writing in our Enterprise Project module. For example, you could put on a play, research and gain experience in the career of your choice, organise an event – anything, in fact, that you can imagine, and we can help you realise.

Type of Program: Studio/Research
Genres: Fiction, Literary Translation, Professional Writing (technical writing, PR, etc.), Criticism & Theory, Writing for Children, Screenwriting, Playwriting, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Popular/Genre Fiction
Unit of Measure: Credits
Total Units for Degree: 360

Our comprehensive programme includes prose, poetry, drama, feature journalism and life writing: in fact, whatever you want to write, there should be the opportunity at BSU. We also make films and DVDs, and encourage you to get involved in a wide range of writing-related areas such as readings, performances and magazines. Our Broadcast and Publishing labs give you the chance to work with practicing industry professionals using state-of-the-art equipment to enhance your creativity.

Course Structure and Content

"Creative Writing is in essence a developmental subject where the successful student is required to be an active participant in their own learning. Fully to achieve the outcomes of a Creative Writing course, techniques and knowledge must be personalised, internalised and re-expressed." (NAWE Benchmark statement)

Because of this developmental essence, our core modules involve week-by-week working, writing, research and reflection, and you will be assessed not only on the quality of your final products, but on your progress, and on the extent to which you have engaged with the course.

Year 1 (Level 4)

This is the time to experiment, and try out as many kinds and styles of writing as possible. It is also the time to build the habits of writing which will provide the foundations for your future development. The compulsory core workshop module helps you develop your own writing, and to see yourself as a writer. You will have the opportunity to take part in a group project (for example, making a film, or organising an event or performance). The optional genre modules in prose, poetry and script encourage you to read widely, and to contextualise your own work in terms of other writing. There are also specialist Publishing and Media options for Creative Writing students subject to availability.

Year 2 (Level 5)

In Year 2 you will learn more specialised skills, and you will be encouraged to take your work into the creative world outside the course. The compulsory core workshop module picks up where the core module in year one left off: you will be expected to produce work week by week, and to develop as a writer and a reader. You will be encouraged to research suitable markets for your writing. A range of optional modules offer the chance to try out specialist areas such as Life Writing, Writing for Theatre, Genre Fiction and Performance Poetry. If you’re keen on screen, then you can take the optional 40 credit Making a Film module, based in our Artswork facilities, run to industry standards, and taught by accomplished practitioners. Year 2 is designed to give you the confidence and skills to push yourself to your limits in Year 3.

Year 3 (Level 6)

In Year 3 you apply the skills learned in the first two years. You are encouraged to develop your own characteristic styles and approaches, and to take your work out into the world as far as possible.

The year-long structure of the modules enables you to work intensively on large-scale projects: you can specialise in two of five areas (Fiction, Non Fiction, Poetry, Script, and Writing for Young People). Alternatively you can realise your own ambitions, and gain academic credit for the creative work you do outside the act of writing in our Enterprise Project module. For example, you could put on a play, research and gain experience in the career of your choice, organise an event – anything, in fact, that you can imagine, and we can help you realise.

Type of Program: Studio/Research
Genres: Fiction, Professional Writing (technical writing, PR, etc.), Criticism & Theory, Writing for Children, Screenwriting, Playwriting, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry
Unit of Measure: Hours

Degrees offered: MA in Creative Writing; MA in Writing for Young People, MA in Scriptwriting; MA Travel & Nature Writing; PhD in Creative Writing

MA Creative Writing

The MA in Creative Writing is widely recognized, in the academy and the publishing industry, as one of the leading courses of its type in Britain. The aim is to enable each student to produce a book of publishable quality or as near as they can manage: this may be a novel, a book of poems, a book of stories, or a work of literary nonfiction. In recent years students have been successful in publishing novels and poetry, winning prestigious awards, securing book contacts and agents and having work performed on BBC radio.

Module groups consist of ten students or fewer. Writing workshops are taught by publishing writers including novelists recently listed for the Man Booker, Orange and Story Prizes, and poets listed for the T.S.Eliot Prize. In addition to the modules, there is a programme of visits throughout the year by literary agents, publishers, and writers: a key aim of the course is to acquaint students with the industry and equip them to understand how best to place their writing.

The MA in Writing for Young People is for students who wish to specialize in writing for young people of different ages, ranging from the picture book age through to adolescent and crossover writing. Students take two writing workshop modules, plus modules in Forms, Ages and Stages and Contemporary Children's Publishing, and a double Manuscript module. This course has a great reputation with agents and publishers and an excellent record of success for students and graduates.

The MA in Scriptwriting is taught in seventeen intensive weekend workshops spread over twelve months. Students take modules in dramatic structure and professional skills and write a polished full length script to use as their calling card. The purpose of the course is to prepare students to be professional writers.

MA Travel and Nature Writing (low residency)

This new course is designed for writers seeking advanced skills in creative non-fiction inspired by the natural world and contemporary journeying. Students will be immersed in a literature which covers these fields and more to provide a context and a sense of belonging for their own work. This is a low-residency course and much of the tuition will take place in residential sessions away from campus and through distance learning. However, the course is based at Bath Spa University's historic Corsham Court campus.

The PhD programme offers writers the opportunity to qualify for a doctorate by completing a full-length manuscript over three years with the support of expert teachers and a strong student community in one of the leading centres for creative writing in British higher education. Each student has a team of supervisors, including at least one publishing writer. Teaching is through tutorials and specialist postgraduate seminars. Each student must complete a volume-length manuscript (a novel, book of stories, book of poems, playscript or series of scripts or work of literary nonfiction) and a research dissertation of not more than 20,000 words. The research must be connected with the creative writing and may take various forms, such as a critical study of writers in the same genre, a piece of original research necessary for the writing, an argumentative study of a topic important in the creative writing, a study of how other writers have treated the same subject-matter or an analysis of how research has been involved in the creative process.

The low residency PhD will commence recruiting in January 2012 for Fall 2012 commencement.

Largest Class Size: 8
Smallest Class Size: 8
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Writing for Children
Unit of Measure: Hours
Other Requirements: We offer FOUR distinct Masters programs, namely: MA Creative Writing; MA Writing for Young People; MA Scriptwriting; NEW MA TRAVEL AND NATURE WRITING (low residence) Please note UK credit system differs from US
Application Requirements: Writing Sample, Application Form

Degrees offered: MA in Creative Writing; MA in Writing for Young People, MA in Scriptwriting; MA Travel & Nature Writing; PhD in Creative Writing

MA Creative Writing

The MA in Creative Writing is widely recognized, in the academy and the publishing industry, as one of the leading courses of its type in Britain. The aim is to enable each student to produce a book of publishable quality or as near as they can manage: this may be a novel, a book of poems, a book of stories, or a work of literary nonfiction. In recent years students have been successful in publishing novels and poetry, winning prestigious awards, securing book contacts and agents and having work performed on BBC radio.

Module groups consist of ten students or fewer. Writing workshops are taught by publishing writers including novelists recently listed for the Man Booker, Orange and Story Prizes, and poets listed for the T.S.Eliot Prize. In addition to the modules, there is a programme of visits throughout the year by literary agents, publishers, and writers: a key aim of the course is to acquaint students with the industry and equip them to understand how best to place their writing.

The MA in Writing for Young People is for students who wish to specialize in writing for young people of different ages, ranging from the picture book age through to adolescent and crossover writing. Students take two writing workshop modules, plus modules in Forms, Ages and Stages and Contemporary Children's Publishing, and a double Manuscript module. This course has a great reputation with agents and publishers and an excellent record of success for students and graduates.

The MA in Scriptwriting is taught in seventeen intensive weekend workshops spread over twelve months. Students take modules in dramatic structure and professional skills and write a polished full length script to use as their calling card. The purpose of the course is to prepare students to be professional writers.

MA Travel and Nature Writing (low residency)

This new course is designed for writers seeking advanced skills in creative non-fiction inspired by the natural world and contemporary journeying. Students will be immersed in a literature which covers these fields and more to provide a context and a sense of belonging for their own work. This is a low-residency course and much of the tuition will take place in residential sessions away from campus and through distance learning. However, the course is based at Bath Spa University's historic Corsham Court campus.

The PhD programme offers writers the opportunity to qualify for a doctorate by completing a full-length manuscript over three years with the support of expert teachers and a strong student community in one of the leading centres for creative writing in British higher education. Each student has a team of supervisors, including at least one publishing writer. Teaching is through tutorials and specialist postgraduate seminars. Each student must complete a volume-length manuscript (a novel, book of stories, book of poems, playscript or series of scripts or work of literary nonfiction) and a research dissertation of not more than 20,000 words. The research must be connected with the creative writing and may take various forms, such as a critical study of writers in the same genre, a piece of original research necessary for the writing, an argumentative study of a topic important in the creative writing, a study of how other writers have treated the same subject-matter or an analysis of how research has been involved in the creative process.

The low residency PhD will commence recruiting in January 2012 for Fall 2012 commencement.

Largest Class Size: 8
Smallest Class Size: 8
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Writing for Children
Unit of Measure: Hours
Other Requirements: We offer FOUR distinct Masters programs, namely: MA Creative Writing; MA Writing for Young People; MA Scriptwriting; NEW MA TRAVEL AND NATURE WRITING (low residence) Please note UK credit system differs from US
Application Requirements: Writing Sample, Application Form




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