This course will help and encourage you to bring a novel, book of poems, book of short stories or work of non-fiction as near to publishable quality as possible. Bath Spa University has an excellent record of helping students to achieve publication of novels, poetry, short stories and literary non-fiction. In 2012 we marked our success with the appointment of ten new Professors: Naomi Alderman, David Almond, Aminatta Forna, Maggie Gee, Tessa Hadley, Philip Hensher, Nicholas Jose, Kate Pullinger, and Fay Weldon. These professors are specialists in novel writing, poetry, short stories, literary non-fiction, children´s writing and digital writing. They have joined an already distinguished team, and will be teaching on this programme and others.
Admission to the course is based on a portfolio of creative writing, and our estimate of the student´s commitment and potential as a writer and ability to benefit from the course. Most students have an undergraduate degree, but this is not essential if you can demonstrate your ability in the portfolio.
The portfolio should consist of one or more short pieces of creative writing submitted with the application form, such as two chapters of a novel, two short stories, six poems, or the equivalent.
The full MA programme consists of two writing workshops, two context modules and the Manuscript (a double module):
You can either start with a general writing workshop in which you experiment with a range of forms, or a specialist workshop in prose fiction or poetry.
This is a specialist workshop in prose fiction or poetry.
These modules examine genres and look at ways in which writers meet challenges from the public world. At least five of the following are offered each term:
Writing and the Environmental Crisis
Contemporary American Writing
The Writer and Place
Modernism and Postmodernism
Writing and Gender
The Short Story
Writing and Politics
Reviewing and Journalism
The Love Story
For this module each student brings a manuscript as near to publishable quality as possible. You are assigned a specialist tutor.
In recent years, several current or former students have been awarded excellent contracts for novels; Two were long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, three for the Orange Prize, one for the Costa Prize and one for the Guardian First Book Award. One received the Betty Trask Prize; another the Manchester Book Award; another a W.H. Smith New Talent Award. One reached the best-seller lists. Student poets have had their poetry accepted for publication in numerous literary journals, including Ambit, Magma, London Magazine, Poetry Wales, PN Review and The Reader, among others, and have been placed in such competitions as the Bridport, the Frogmore, Mslexia, and Writers Inc. Janklow and Nesbit Ltd, a leading literary agency, awards an annual prize for the best novel or novel in progress by a student on the course.
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