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Creative Writing researchers in the department work across a number of forms and genres, publishing work with mainstream trade presses and journals, producing work for broadcast on the BBC and regularly speaking at literary festivals, conferences and writing industries’ events.
We specialise in long prose fiction, memoir, the short story, poetry and dramatic work for stage and screen. Our creative works also engage with critical research themes in the department and beyond, and have a strong interdisciplinary focus with particular contributions to the medical humanities; transcultural writing and research; literature and religion; and literature, space and place. We have an interest in writing communities, different modes of production, and collaborative practices with other art forms. Recent projects include the founding of Lune: A Journal of Literary Misrule (Jenn Ashworth) to publish interdisciplinary creative-critical work. Sarah Corbett's project Dorothy's Colour (2017-18) was a collaboration with the visual artist Zoe Benbow, in partnership with The Wordsworth Trust and funded by Arts Council England, the Wordsworth Trust and Lancaster University. Tajinder Singh Hayer is currently working with Ragged Edge Productions on a collaborative project ( Keeping the Lights On ) exploring the future of energy production; the script was workshopped at The Dukes Lancaster in 2018 with a proposed tour coming in Autumn 2020.
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Professor Jenn Ashworth
Authors and the World, Creative Writing, Creative-Critical Writing, Digital Humanities, Gothic and Science Fiction, Literature and Religion, Literature, Space and Place, Literature, the Arts, Media and Performance
Dr Sarah Corbett
Creative Writing, Literature, the Arts, Media and Performance
Professor Paul Farley
Creative Writing, Creative-Critical Writing, Digital Humanities, Literature, Space and Place
Creative Writing, Gothic and Science Fiction, Literature, Science and Medicine, Literature, Space and Place, Literature, the Arts, Media and Performance, Transcultural Writing
Dr Zoe Lambert
Creative Writing, Literature, Science and Medicine, Literature, the Arts, Media and Performance, Transcultural Writing
Dr Oliver Langmead
Creative Writing, Gothic and Science Fiction
Professor Graham Mort
African Studies Group, Authors and the World, Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research, Creative Writing, Transcultural Writing
Professor Paul Muldoon
Creative Writing, Creative-Critical Writing, Literature, Space and Place, Literature, the Arts, Media and Performance
Professor Catherine Spooner
Creative Writing, Gothic and Science Fiction, Literature, Space and Place, Literature, the Arts, Media and Performance
Dr Eoghan Walls
Creative Writing, Creative-Critical Writing, Literature, the Arts, Media and Performance
Creative Writing (Modular) MA
Lancaster university, student rating this is the overall rating calculated by averaging all live reviews for this uni on whatuni. ( 4.1) view reviews, course info.
Why Lancaster?Study close to the beautiful Lake District, home of the Romantic poets, and inspiration for many writers sinceTake part in small-group workshops to develop your novels, stories, poetry, novels, and scriptsExplore the professional dimensions of creative writing, such as reading or performing your work, publishing, and marketingGet involved with our student-run literary journalsBe inspired by our rich programme of literary events on campus, online, and in the city’s historic Castle ... Read More
Study close to the beautiful Lake District, home of the Romantic poets, and inspiration for many writers since
Take part in small-group workshops to develop your novels, stories, poetry, novels, and scripts
Explore the professional dimensions of creative writing, such as reading or performing your work, publishing, and marketing
Get involved with our student-run literary journals
Be inspired by our rich programme of literary events on campus, online, and in the city’s historic Castle Quarter
Lancaster was one of the very first universities to teach creative writing. Today we continue to lead in the discipline with our celebrated novelists, poets and playwrights.
Focused on your growth We’ve been helping writers reach their potential since 1970. From day one, our focus has always been helping our students hone their own style and sharpen the skills they need for success.
This emphasis continues today so that the focus in all your modules will, ultimately, be your own writing.
With our wide range of optional modules, you can explore traditional forms such as the short story, the novel, poetry, or theatre, as well as digital media, life-writing, place-writing, and writing for young adults.
Support from experts You’ll work on a core writing project alongside studying the ethical and professional dimensions of publishing and broadcasting your work. This is supplemented by lectures from visiting speakers, as well as one-on-one tutorials, workshops, and lectures with our esteemed visiting professors, currently Paul Muldoon and Mary Talbot.
In the third term, we assign you a genre-specific expert to help develop your final portfolio. This is intended to be suitable for submission to literary journals or agents, setting you on the road to publication.
Your regular small-group workshops will be supplemented by sessions with all the students on the course.
There is plenty of opportunity to meet your tutors face-to-face to discuss your work, and you’ll find they are friendly, interested and encouraging. You’ll also have an academic advisor who will develop an overview of your progress and offer further support.
Careers The course provides many opportunities to develop professionally. You can get involved with our student-run magazines, and will also benefit from our rich programme of guest events featuring leading authors, literary agents, and specialists in the publishing industry.
Each year we encourage our students to bring together and edit their own anthology of student work which is then celebrated in a reading event in the summer term. This event is also a chance to meet summer school students from our distance learning Creative Writing MA.
We hope most of our students go on to publish their own work, and many of the Department’s alumni are now celebrated authors. Recent success stories include Andrew McMillan, Nguyen Phan Que Mai, Martha Sprackland, and Daisy Johnson, the youngest-ever author shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize (2018).
You’ll also develop a host of professional skills, such as researching, drafting, editing, listening, persuading and presenting. From advertising to professional services, your skills will be sought after across many different sectors.
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You need to have 2:1 degree in a related subject is normally required. We will also consider applications on an individual basis where you have a degree in other subjects, have a 2:2 or equivalent result or extensive relevant experience. You should clearly be able to demonstrate how your skills have prepared you for relevant discussions and assessments during postgraduate study.
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