This programme is designed to meet the needs of committed students who are interested in exploring and exploiting their own possibilities as writers, and in critically examining their own writing. We examine relevant literary and cultural theory as well as the politics and practicalities of language and writing from the point of view of the writer. Practitioner'led, the programme offers you the opportunity to work with a range of published writers who visit the College to give readings and lead workshops. Visiting writers have included William Fiennes, Jackie Kay and Aminatta Forna. Poetry Masterclasses have been led by Sharon Olds, Les Murray, Derek Walcott and C K Williams. We also expect to draw fully upon London’s rich tradition as a converging point for culturally diverse literary practices.
There are three main components of the Masters: Creative and life writing workshops; contemporary contexts for creative and life writing; one'to'one tutorials. There will be two core modules: a two'term workshop in creative and life writing, and a one'term contemporary contexts for creative and life writing seminar module.
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- You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree, or equivalent, of at least second class standard in a relevant/related subject. You might also be considered if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level. If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements of IELTS 7.0 (including 7.0 in the written test) to study with us. You must also submit a portfolio of your creative or life writing with your application. Your portfolio should include two or three short stories, 20-30 poems or several extracts from a novel.