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MA Creative Writing

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Our MA in Creative Writing provides you with the opportunity to work closely with practising creative writers at the University and several other writers from outside the University. You can also hear from professionals from other areas of the publishing industry who will visit to give talks and answer questions. You also have the opportunity to work in all literary genres of writing and have the chance to publish your work.

This programme allows you the opportunity to balance creative practice with critical analysis, reflection on production processes and a honing of skills. There is also a strong emphasis on the productive writer as a productive reader who is familiar with the literature being produced around them.

There is the opportunity to develop a portfolio of creative work and build a network of contacts in preparation for a career in the creative industries.

Days Taught

This programme is taught on Wednesdays.

How You Study

Teaching on this programme takes place in seminars and workshops.

You will have the opportunity to work with published writers from within and outside the University and have the chance to hear from professionals such as literary agents about the process of getting published. There are also readings from established writers who will speak about their work and also run workshops.

You have the opportunity to read your work to an audience at termly symposia and you have the chance to have work published and receive feedback from readers outside the University.

Modules aim to develop the skills required to become a successful writer and the course aims to provide the creative freedom to become proficient through practice in your favoured genre.

Contact and Independent Study

Weekly contact hours on this programme may vary depending on the individual module options chosen and the stage of study.

Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

For more detailed information please contact the programme leader.

How You Are Assessed

You will be continuously assessed through a variety of exercises.

These range from writing prose fiction, poetry and drama, adapting work from one genre to another, editing, writing within the conventions of a specific genre, undertaking a piece of life-writing, familiarising with the need to undertake research for some forms of writing to produce an A5 pamphlet in whatever genre the student wishes to work, designing a cover, acquiring a copyright and ISBN, and publishing electronically. The final piece of work required is a 15,000 word creative dissertation.

Every piece of work submitted must be accompanied by a critical evaluation (except for the pamphlet).

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree in a related discipline.

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in each element, or equivalent.

Key Contacts

Dr Phil Redpath
+44 (0)1522 836185

+44 (0)1522 886097

Master's Level

Dissertation - Creative Writing (Core)

The dissertation on the MA in Creative Writing provides you with the opportunity to write an extensive piece of work of your own choosing to a publishable standard. You may work in any genre of imaginative literature – poetry or fiction, within those, in any of the variants available.

Although the object of the dissertation is fundamentally ‘writing’, you may support and enhance this through illustration, utilising the electronic media, recording (i.e. of poetry as oral performance). The dissertation is intended to draw upon and reflect the practice gained from the Production and Creativity and Production and Publication modules as well as the knowledge gained from the English Now modules.

English Now: Fiction and Life Writing (Creative Writing) (Core)

This module aims to engage with fiction and life writing since 2000. The unifying focus of this module is the relationship between narration and identity - in the sense of both individuality and of allegiance to some collective identity. One feature of recent life writing has been to explore the postmodern concept of subjectivity, the idea that individual identity is not solid, fixed, essential but provisional, shifting, unstable and synthetic – above all that it is constructed in and through representations.

In fiction since 2000, the instability of identity in a multicultural, post-industrial, globalised culture has similarly been a consistent theme. The Postmillennial fiction block will provide the chance to examine nation and narration, class, gender, history and place in the context of the apocalyptic anxieties whose more obvious symptoms include 9/11 and the war on terror. The final part of the module seeks to address the re-casting of the ‘Condition of England’ novel by writers who have inherited different postcolonial cultural traditions to discuss Englishness, identity formation, allegiance, ethnicity, hegemony.

English Now: Poetry and Drama (Creative Writing) (Core)

The principal focus of this module will be on poetry and drama written since 2000. A selection of texts can be studied as an introduction to the thematic concerns and formal qualities of contemporary British and Irish writing, and to central questions to do with the value of literature, the distinctiveness of literary language and the relationship of literary texts to the culture, discourses and ideologies in which they are generated.

The poetry section aims to effectively be the introduction to the course. In each seminar you are expected to be reading two or three contemporary poems. Over the six weeks a small sample of British and Irish poetry since 2000 will be covered, but it is not a survey.

The poems will be studied as examples of poetry as much as examples of contemporary writing, and a principal aim will be to revise and refresh literary skills, to think over assumptions about poetry (and literature) and to practise reading, slowly. The module will also however seek to deepen your understanding of how poetry works by introducing some theoretical concepts and perspectives, and will take an issue to do with contemporary poetry as a focus each week.

Production and Creativity (Core)

This module gives you the opportunity to work towards a publishable standard within two literary genres of your choice and to compile a portfolio of your own writing. You can engage with the creative process from original ideas, through drafting and editing to final completed pieces. The notion of ‘work in progress’ will be a major focus of this module with frequent opportunities for you to read your on-going work in group workshop scenarios or discuss it on a one-to-one basis with tutors.

Workshops provide the opportunity to explore key practices such as editing, drafting, writing on a computer, the creation of character, plot, and dialogue, narrative structure and style. Originality of ideas and techniques will be emphasised and you are encouraged to ‘take risks’ in your writing towards fulfilling these goals.

The completed portfolio will comprise the entire writing process from original ideas, planning, drafts with edits to completed pieces. Emphasis here will be placed on process as much as product. The portfolio will also comprise a reflective log in which you are expected to discuss your aims, your practices and the success or otherwise of individual pieces of writing.

The overall aim of this module is to provide you with not only the space and opportunity to write but to also inform good practice and to provide an audience for your work which will give feedback and a forum for discussion. It is intended that giving you the opportunity to write within different genres of creative writing will help you prepare for the extensive piece of writing that constitutes the dissertation for this programme.

Production and Publication (Core)

This module aims to place creative writing within a practical context with an emphasis on finished product. You will not only be expected to write a completed piece from scratch (in a form, style and genre of their own choosing) but also to produce a copy of it as an A5 pamphlet and in electronic format.

You can be introduced to the basic requirements of traditional print publishing as well as electronic publishing, using new media. The latter will include the use of social software, blogs, vlogs (video) and podcasting (i.e. recordings).

Learning about the two areas of publishing provides you with the opportunity to develop an insight into how editors and publishers work and is designed to equip you with the basic knowledge to publish and promote yourself on and off-line. You will also have the chance to develop an understanding of networking with others. The module aims to equip you with the know-how required to set up your own magazines or presses.

It is intended that experiencing both traditional and new media and the crossovers between them will stimulate your creativity and encourage you to be experimental in both your subject matter and mode of presentation.

The module will progress through workshops and seminars. You will be given the opportunity to discuss and critique each others’ work at all stages during workshops.

Career and Personal Development

This programme is designed to provide training for a career in writing, from fiction to screen and radio adaptation. You have the opportunity to develop advanced communication skills which can open up career opportunities across the creative industries in publishing, research, teaching and the media. Some graduates choose to continue their studies at doctoral level.

Careers Services

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.
The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages here

Other Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on your course. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and your meals may be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional you will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay your own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

Tuition Fees

  2017/18 Entry*
Home/EU £7,300
(including Alumni Scholarship** 30% reduction)
(including Non-Alumni Scholarship** 20% reduction)
International £12,600
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship** £2,000 reduction)
Part-time Home/EU £41 per credit point
Part-time International £70 per credit point

* Academic year September- July
** Subject to eligibility


A new system of postgraduate loans for Master's courses will be introduced in the UK, beginning from the 2016-17 academic year. Under the new scheme Individuals will be able to borrow up to £10,000 for the purpose of completing an eligible postgraduate Master's qualification.


As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships in addition to those shown above.

Guidance for Part-time Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Master's Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [].

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.