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Creative Writing: Writing the City MA

University of Westminster
Location: 
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309 Regent Street, W1B 2, London
Tel.+44 (0) 20 7911 5000

Current Status: Terminato
Course Type: Master Level:
Available Financing:
Tuition: 5.000 £ Duration y/mm: 0/12
Places Available: Credits:
Application Deadline: 16/01/2017 Admissions:
Start Date: 16/01/2017 End Date: 20/12/2017

Description

This Creative Writing: Writing the City Masters course is the first to focus entirely on the city of London. It will allow you to explore the city as subject matter from a range of perspectives and across all genres. It will also give you a theoretical and practical platform from which to develop your understanding, and become part of the London writing scene.

Taught by professional writers and researchers, the course offers plenty of opportunities to network with other writers, agents, TV producers and performance poets.

You will be based in the University’s headquarters building at 309 Regent Street, which means you will be writing about the city in the heart of London, with ready access to the capital’s excellent academic, social and cultural opportunities, including the vibrant West End theatre scene.

Contents

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document on the master website.

Core modules:

  • Conflict and The City (Drama)
  • Language and The Imagination (Poetic Writing)
  • Tales of The City (Fiction)
  • Creative Practice
  • How to write creatively: Portfolio (January starters)
  • The Writing Business (Year-Long)
  • The Writing Project

Option modules:

You will choose either a further core module or one of the following:

  • Analysing Spoken and Written Discourse
  • Digital London
  • Reading Contemporary Culture
  • Reading The Nation
  • Urban Cultures

 

Requirements

You are normally required to have a good first degree or equivalent in a humanities-based subject; successful applicants will be expected to have a proven interest in, and commitment to, language and its creative outlets.
Candidates without formal qualifications will also be considered on the basis of their professional achievements in relevant areas of the creative industry (theatre, performance, journalism, publishing, etc).

If your first language is not English you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 overall with at least 6 in each element. You will also need to give two academic references and submit a portfolio of creative writing, which should not exclusively include poetry. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview.

Career Prospects

The course will enable you to develop sophisticated critical and creative skills and a widely applicable knowledge base that can be adapted to various fields of creative practice and writing business.

This course is intended to move you to a new level in your career as a writer by developing your skills as a sophisticated critical practitioner, and your knowledge of literature about the city as well as the writing business.
You will be encouraged to network with other writers and identify useful opportunities for career development, partly through the wide range of extra-curricular activities, including writers' events and talks.

The critical and practical skills you will acquire by the end of the course will make you a strong candidate in many areas, including arts management, copy editing, education, freelance writing, journalism, media, publishing, theatre and performance-based writing, and research and academia.

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