MA Creative Writing Poetry

MA Creative Writing Poetry

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Why study for an MA in writing poetry?

You have been writing poetry for long enough to know that it is as vital part of your life. You need expert guidance and feedback in order to develop further. One-off workshops and short courses are not enough, and you need to work in a group that is of a consistently high level, and which offers rigorous feedback and intensive support. You are also committed to offering this in return.

You want a chance to put poetry at the forefront of your life, to be absorbed in writing and reading, and to discover more about your imaginative, artistic and intellectual capabilities.

You want to do this in an academic context because you want to learn more about poet…

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Why study for an MA in writing poetry?

You have been writing poetry for long enough to know that it is as vital part of your life. You need expert guidance and feedback in order to develop further. One-off workshops and short courses are not enough, and you need to work in a group that is of a consistently high level, and which offers rigorous feedback and intensive support. You are also committed to offering this in return.

You want a chance to put poetry at the forefront of your life, to be absorbed in writing and reading, and to discover more about your imaginative, artistic and intellectual capabilities.

You want to do this in an academic context because you want to learn more about poetry across time and place, about form and technique, concept and theory, cause and effect. You want to read the kinds of poetry you’ve never come across and discover things about its potential that you’ve never known.

Your aim is to write poetry of a publishable standard and with this in mind you want to learn more about publishing procedures and opportunities, readings, awards, etc.

You want to benefit from the ways in which the study of poetry enhances analytical, conceptual and verbal skills as well as refining your powers of precision, argument and logic.

What are we looking for?

We are not looking for a particular kind of poet nor do we have a house style. The students we choose come from all kinds of backgrounds and write in very different ways. What we look for is an emerging poetic self, the beginnings of a voice unlike any other, a deep engagement with all poetry, an understanding of how a poem might work, and the analytical and imaginative capacity to bring a poem to fruition.

What do we offer?

A year of intensive reading, writing, exploration and risk-taking during which our students develop a body of work close in length to a first collection. We aim to create a supportive but rigorous environment in which students feel encouraged to test, extend and refine their poetic technique – an experience that is often exciting and sometimes uncomfortable but always rewarding.

How is the course structured?

The core element of the course is the weekly three-hour workshop. This group consists of around 12 students and is led by a tutor (currently George Szirtes for the first semester and Lavinia Greenlaw for the second). The workshop structure varies but generally consists of looking at the work of three students plus a session on some aspect of poetry. Work is circulated a week in advance and annotated in detail before being returned to its author. The tutor may also circulate texts for discussion.

In addition to the weekly workshop, the MA includes a course on Poetics, Writing, Language and a number of options ranging from publishing to translation. Students receive regular individual tutorials and extensive written feedback on their coursework.

There is no workshop in the summer semester (May to June), during which time you have one-to-one sessions with your dissertation tutor.

In July and August you work independently although students usually continue with the workshop in some form.

How is the course assessed?

There are two coursework submissions of 12 poems each in January and May.

The dissertation consists of 15 poems plus a commentary and is submitted in September.

What else do we offer?

Students also have the opportunity to meet some of the UK’s leading poets and poetry editors, and to benefit from their insight and expertise.

The annual anthology is professionally published and distributed to a key list of poetry houses and other contacts.

The UEA literary festival attracts some of our leading poets (this year Carol Ann Duffy, Don Paterson, Simon Armitage and Robin Robertson) who not only give readings but usually agree to spend time in conversation with the MA writing students as well. UEA is also part of a thriving network of regional poetry activity which offers plenty of opportunity to gain performance experience and to get involved in publication.


Course Organiser:Prof Lavinia Greenlaw
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Entry Requirements Degree Subject: UK BA (Hons) 2.1 or equivalent Special Entry Requirements: Sample of work Students for whom English is a Foreign language

If English is not your first language you must have a recognised English Language qualification:

Minimum IELTS 7.0 with a minimum 6 in each section and 7 in writing.

Other qualifications such as TOEFL and CAE are also recognised by the University. Please contact the Admissions Team for further information.

Special Entry Requirements

Candidates will be expected to submit a portfolio of writing for assessment - up to 20 pages of poetry.

Intakes

The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

Alternative Qualifications

If you have alternative qualifications that have not been mentioned above then please contact the Admissions Office directly for further information.

Assessment

All applications for postgraduate study are processed through the Admissions Office and then forwarded to the relevant School of Study for consideration. If you are currently completing your first degree or have not yet taken a required English language test, any offer of a place is likely to be conditional upon you achieving this before you arrive.

The School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing brings together writers, scholars, teachers and students in an exploration of the powers and possibilities of literature. Our aim is to make creative writing and critical reading confront one another in ways that sharpen and enliven both.

Literature

We teach and research across the range of English Literature from the fourteenth century to the twenty-first. This coverage is supplemented by our interests in European Literature, in postcolonial writing in English across the world, and in literary and cultural theory.

Translation

UEA is home to the British Centre for Literary Translation, which is both a forum for professional translators and a focus for translation work with undergraduate and postgraduate students of literature. The School of Literature & Creative Writing runs the MA in Literary Translation course.

Creative Writing

For over thirty years UEA has been an important centre for established and upcoming writers, whether they come here as teachers, as students, as writers in residence, or to take part in the long-running literary festival organised by the Arthur Miller Centre and the Centre for Creative and Performing Arts. For more information on our Creative Writing MA courses, please click here

Drama

Our drama programmes combine critical study with creative practice. The theoretical aspect draws on the expertise of LIT as a whole; the practical work is based in the purpose-built Drama Studio. For further information on the Drama sector, please click here.

Literature at UEA is not a complete, finished object of study, but a living practice. Because we also do creative writing, translation and drama, we are aware that imaginative writing is not fixed; it is constantly being transformed, adapted, rewritten and reread. Students are invited to study these processes, and also to be part of them. Click here to see what our students say about studying in the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing.

Among a diverse group of about twenty literature lecturers, there are experts on the various roles that the practice of literature can play, and has played, in society — how it can be something like praying, or like journalism, or like conversation, how it can be a form of political action, or a vehicle for ideas, or a working out of unmanageable experience, or a way of negotiating (or inflaming) differences of class and race and gender. We teach literature not in isolation, but in relation to this untidy bundle of social and psychological purposes.

It follows that we have no great respect for the boundaries that divide one academic discipline from another. We take a lively interest in the work of our colleagues in history, philosophy, film, the visual arts and music, and we encourage our students to do the same. That is why we offer a range of degree programmes which combine literature with other, related subjects.

We run internationally recognised programmes of teaching and research in literature, translation, creative writing, and drama: the important thing about all of these is that they interact with each other.

Fees and Funding Tuition fees

Tuition fees for Postgraduate students for the academic year 2013/4 are £5,000 for Home/EU students and £12,500 for International Students.

If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for Home/EU students).

Please note that all the above fees are expected to rise for the year 2014/15. We estimate living expenses at £600/650 per month.

Scholarships and Awards: International scholarships

All international students (outside the European Union) are considered for a scholarship of between £1000 and £2000 towards tuition fees. In order to be considered for an International Scholarship you do not need to make a separate application. Please indicate on your application for admission that you wish to be considered for a scholarship. It is important to make the application as early as possible because they are considered as they are received. So apply early to make sure of the best chance of success.

Scholarships are awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and are for the duration of the period of study (which will be one year). Students of outstanding academic ability will also be considered for Faculty Scholarship Awards, usually in March and May each year, which can be worth up to 100% of the tuition fee. These are highly competitive and prestigious awards. Those students being offered a scholarship will be notified directly by the School of Study.

Home / EU Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities has a number of Scholarships and Awards on offer for 2013 entry. For further information relevant to the School of Literature and Creative Writing, please click here.


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