MLitt Creative Writing

Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Study mode and duration: Full-time: 12 months
    Part-time: 24 months
  • Number of places on the course: 15

  • Ranked: Top 10 in UK for Communication & Media Studies, Complete University Guide 2020

Study with us

  • work closely with experienced, published writers who know the industry to develop your writing practice
  • benefit from workshops with peers and tutors while developing your ideas
  • work on an extended creative project developed on a one-on-one basis with your tutor
  • prepare for the practical side of literary development
  • experiment with new and hybrid forms
  • work in a dynamic, artistic city full of history and possibility

The Convener of the MLitt in Creative Writing is the award-winning novelist, short story writer, editor and biographer Rodge Glass, author of Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs, Stories for the EasyJet Generation and Alasdair Gray: A Secretary’s Biography.

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Why this course?

The MLitt in Creative Writing is an inspiring year-long course that combines the features of a research-based and taught Masters.

The course is an intense and inspiring environment in which to take your writing to the next level. You'll find yourself in a creative community focussed on the art and craft and business of writing. Through core writing classes with working writers, and skills-focused workshops with creative industry professionals, you'll hone your craft and develop a major project with which you will begin your life in writing.

The emphasis will be on creative risk-taking, never without an eye on the marketplace. The year culminates in a dissertation which will give you the indispensable opportunity to work on a one-to-one basis with a professionally experienced tutor.

Strathclyde staff can offer specialist tuition in a wide range of genres including:

  • contemporary fiction & non-fiction
  • historical fiction & fiction for young adults
  • screenwriting
  • poetry

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What you’ll study

The course consists of six 20-credit classes a dissertation worth 60 credits. Four of the classes will be creative writing-specific, and two will be electives that may be chosen from an approved list of other Masters-level courses offered by the University.

In keeping with our commitment to provide specialised support, the content of the Creative Writing Workshops in semester 1 and 2 partly depends on the nature of the creative projects you wish to develop. Whatever genre and form you choose to work in, tutors will suggest a programme of relevant reading and prompts for discussion and analysis.

In the world of writing, as students and teachers alike, we are always asking 'how can it be done?' How do we go about finding ideas that stand out? What is our personal connection to the material? What is our writing voice — and, once we’ve found it, how do we develop it? How do we go about planning our novels, or structuring our screenplays? What is the best way to collect our assembled poems or short stories?

Our MLitt workshops provide a supportive framework in which these – and many other – questions can be considered in practical and artistically rigorous ways.

Semester 1

Joan Didion once said that we tell ourselves stories in order to live. The Semester 1 Skills Workshop prepares you for the writing life with an emphasis on the practical and strategic side of creative development.

You'll gain insight into a variety of professional practices, including such topics as:

  • the publishing market, the broadcasting landscape
  • how editors work, how agents work, how producers work
  • adaptation in all its forms, & the commercial realities of basing work on underlying material
  • podcasting
  • performance
  • social media for writers
  • collaboration with artists in other media

 

Semester 2

In Semester 2, the Skills Project consists of an individual project chosen and developed in discussion with a course tutor. You'll hone the skills as well as build on chosen aspects of the Skills Workshop. There is a 'made' element to the assignments for the class. Thus, you will be encouraged to produce work that adds diversity to your writing portfolio.

During Semester 2, you'll meet several times on a one-to-one basis with tutors to determine the nature and scope of the dissertation which you'll write over the course of the summer. The dissertation is the MLitt’s major project in which you apply all you've learned and worked on over the course of the year.

When you leave us, your work will be ready to present to the world at large. Novelists will make serious headway into their manuscript; poets and essayists and short story writers will amass the beginnings of a collection; screenwriters will have a full draft of a feature film or series pilot.

Research opportunities

As well as the popular MLitt in Creative Writing, we also offer a research-led Creative Writing route, which may suit those who wish to pursue a particular sustained project. You can study the MRes Creative Writing full-time, over a year, or part-time over two years.

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Course content

Creative Writing Workshop 1

The content of the Creative Writing Workshop in semester 1 partly depends on the nature of the creative projects individual students wish to develop, although tutors will suggest a supportive programme of relevant reading and common issues for discussion and analysis. The main aim of these student-led workshops will be to provide a supportive framework for the development and review of student writing, regardless of genre.

Skills Workshop 1

The Skills Workshop in semester 1 focuses on the idea of the 'writing life' and how to prepare students for the practical side of literary development, as well as opening up options you may not already have considered for yourself. It will include topics such as:

  • setting up a journal
  • social media for writers
  • writing for the screen
  • collaboration with artists in other media
Option 1

Option 1 refers to the elective worth 20 credits that you can chose from other University of Strathclyde Masters courses.

Creative Writing Workshop 2

The content of the Creative Writing Workshop in semester 2 partly depends on the nature of the creative projects individual students wish to develop, although tutors will suggest a supportive programme of relevant reading and common issues for discussion and analysis. The main aim of these student-led workshops will be to provide a supportive framework for the development and review of student writing, regardless of genre.

Skills Project

The Skills project consists of an individual project chosen and developed in discussion with a course tutor. This will build on chosen aspects of the first semester Skills Workshop classes that interest you.

Advanced Topics in Creative Writing (Option)

This Semester 2 module seeks to build upon research and writing skills developed in Semester 1 while providing significant freedom for students to pursue any genre, form or approach to creative work that excites them. It enables students to work with a staff member of their choice on a mutually agreed topic within the broad field of Creative Writing, in fiction, poetry, script, non-fiction or hybrid forms. This option is designed to give students the opportunity to work independently on a self-designed research project which is not aligned to existing option classes while being supported by the experience and guidance of a professional writer. 

Students who prefer not to take Advanced Topics in Creative Writing will be able to choose from a series of elective modules in the School of Humanities, based on availability and demand in any given academic session. Some of these may offer the opportunity to do creative assignments.

Dissertation

During semester 2 students will meet several times on a one-to-one basis with tutors to determine the nature and scope of the dissertation which you will write over the course of the summer.

Assessment

You'll submit creative work for formal assessment in each of the core workshops. This will take the form of short fiction, poetry or playwriting, depending on the student's chosen area of specialisation.

The creative writing skills project will involve students selecting a topic covered during the skills workshop and developing a project in discussion with tutors on a one-to-one basis. The form of assessment for this component will be dictated by the nature of the skills project.

The final dissertation will take the form of an extended piece of creative writing (fiction, poetry or playwriting) and build on work developed in one of the two creative writing workshops. It will be developed in discussion with tutors on a one-to-one basis.

 

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Alex Wasalinko, MRes Creative Writing
I can see Strathclyde shaping me into the professional academic researcher that I aspire to become in the future.
Alex Wasalinko
MRes Creative Writing
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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

An upper second-class Honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject.

The submission of a satisfactory entry portfolio of creative writing. This should consist of one of the following:

  • 2,000 words of prose (fiction or creative non-fiction)
  • up to 10 poems (no more than 40 lines in length)
  • the page equivalent of a short, fifteen-minute play
English language requirements

You're required to have a suitable minimum level of competency in the English language if your first language is not English or if you have not been educated wholly or mainly in the medium of English.

For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 (with no score below 6.0) or equivalent. Tests are valid for two years.

Pre-sessional courses in English are available.

If you’re a national of an English speaking country recognised by UK Visas and Immigration (please check most up-to-date list on the Home Office website) or you have successfully completed an academic qualification (at least equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree) in any of these countries, then you do not need to present any additional evidence.

If you are from a country not recognised as an English speaking country by the United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI), please check our English requirements before making your application.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course held at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre, for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

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Fees & funding

2020/21

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

£6,800

Rest of UK

£6,800

International

£15,300

Available scholarships

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Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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We've a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Alumni Discount

10% tuition fee discount is offered to all Strathclyde alumni completing a full-time postgraduate taught course in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.

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Careers

Graduates from creative writing subjects at the University of Strathclyde have gone into writing, publishing, teaching, journalism and may other professions. Some graduates have also gone on to further their skills by undertaking a PhD. Other have chosen to become self-employed as tutors.

Writers who have taken masters and/or doctoral qualifications in creative writing at Strathclyde include Louise Welsh, Rachel Sieffert, Beatrice Colin and Colette Paul.

Rodge Glass, Convener of the MLitt in Creative Writing
Read widely, think deeply, research thoroughly and revise closely, and you'll have a great time. Writing is a way of engaging with the world while trying to make sense of it. And the skills you learn will be useful whether you go on to work in the writing or publishing industries or not.
Dr Rodge Glass
Convener of the MLitt in Creative Writing

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Creative Writing

Qualification: MLitt
Start Date: Sep 2020
Mode of Delivery: full-time

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