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Creative Writing (Taught)

Cardiff University
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
27 September 2021

Program description

Creative Writing (Taught)

Designed for experienced writers, this one-year full-time course will extend your knowledge and understanding of the practice of creative writing.

Developing your creative writing abilities and ideas beyond your first degree, you will attend workshops, produce a portfolio of creative writing, attend classes in various topics in creative writing and gain experience in teaching creative writing.

A series of complementary courses stress an integrated experience of literary development and pedagogy of creative writing. 

You will master the ability to independently produce literary works of refinement and skill, and to conduct writers’ workshops. You will also develop your knowledge and skills in the writing of one or more literary genre(s), the teaching of creative writing and the processes of editing and revision.

You will be assessed on two portfolios of creative writing and two essays or projects. There are no formal examinations

Admission requirements

1st or 2:1 UK Honours degree, or equivalent.

Applicants are not required to have a degree in a particular subject area; emphasis is placed on the quality of the portfolio of creative writing submitted with the application.

Applicants whose first language is not English

You must obtain a British Council IELTS score of at least 7.0 (with a minimum subscore of 6.5 in each component), or an equivalent English language qualification. An IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum subscore of 6.0 in each component) will be considered where you successfully complete the University’s ten-week pre-sessional English course. The extra element may be waived where you can provide sufficient evidence of suitable proficiency in the use of English.

Decisions are made on a continuous basis throughout the year, on the basis of written application and references received.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

  • Creative Writing Portfolio 1: the Writers' Workshop
  • Teaching Creative Writing
  • Research and Process in Creative Writing
  • Creative Writing Portfolio 2

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Tuition fees

The full tuition fees for UK and EU Students is £8,200.The tuition fees for Students from outside the EU is £18,200


What skills will I practise and develop?

Many of the skills you will gain through studying this course are transferable, especially in the spheres of teaching and the Creative Industry (e.g. editing, publishing and Arts Administration).

Through engagement with your programme of study, you will have the opportunity to practise and develop a number of skills. You will:

  • Develop oral and presentation skills, and the ability to address an audience
  • Become practised at working to weekly deadlines
  • Hone editing skills and think more analytically
  • Learn to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Take responsibility for your own learning programme and professional development
  • Network informally and formally with writers, publishers and teaching organisations

You will demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Awareness of the writing practice and creative process of published writers, past and present
  • Awareness of the subtleties and craft of specific genres
  • Increased awareness of, and skill in handling, voice, narrative point of view, character, setting and plot
  • Understanding of, and ability to discuss, the key components of creative writing pedagogy and practice

Intellectual (analytic and cognitive) skills

  • Ability to select and organise material purposefully
  • Ability to handle complex ideas with clarity in both essay and creative work
  • Ability to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of peer work
  • Ability to reflect on own writing and redraft effectively

Subject specific skills

  • Ability to apply high level critical skills of close analysis to published creative and critical work
  • Ability to apply the same analysis to the student’s own creative text
  • For the essays, ability to sustain a critical argument and use a critical vocabulary and terminology
  • For the essay, awareness of the bibliographic conventions of the discipline and their role in communicating information
  • In all work – especially the creative: responsive to the workings of language, and especially to the nuances and subtleties of meaning

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