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Postgraduate Study in Creative Writing
Welcome to the Lancaster University postgraduate Creative Writing Programme - one of the longest established and most prestigious writing programmes in the UK. It also has hugely successful distance learning programmes at both MA and PhD level. Our postgraduate MA and PhD programmes are student-centred and deploy methods of situated learning that respond directly - and in detail - to your work. Students can write in any literary form (usually the novel, poetry or short fiction) and on a project of their own choosing. Entry is by portfolio.
The campus-based courses are led by an experienced team of professional writers who have been widely published and who have won many literary awards: Jenn Ashworth, Helen Farish, Paul Farley, George Green, Graham Mort and Jayne Steel. Our distance learning tutors are experienced and award-winning authors, Sarah Corbett, Conor O’Callaghan, Jane Draycott, Sara Maitland, Brian McCabe, Tom Pow and Michelene Wandor.
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For 2013-14, we are introducing the Creative-Critical Pathway on the MA in English Literary Studies. Combining critical approaches to writing with the practice of writing itself, this MA offers new modules in fiction and poetry alongside those offered here.
Writers who have studied in Lancaster's Creative Writing programmes have published over seventy books in recent years. Recent Lancaster writers who have won or been nominated for major prizes include: Ali Shaw (Desmond Elliott Prize); Monique Roffey (short-listed for the Orange Prize); Jacob Polley (shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize); Andrew Miller (James Tait Black Memorial Prize; the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award); Ray Robinson (James Tait Black Memorial Prize). For many more examples, see our page on publications by past and present students.
Postgraduate study in Creative Writing has been strengthened by the establishment, in May 2007, of the Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research (CTWR), which links Lancaster University's postgraduate student community to extensive research activity in creative writing and its impact on society. The Centre incorporates a range of pre-existing transcultural and intercultural research activity and aims to promote the generation and comparative study of creative writing across cultures.
In the Independent Quality Review (2009), some of the key strengths commended were developments in the postgraduate teaching of Creative Writing - in particular the pioneering use of virtual learning environments and innovative thinking about the discipline in national and international contexts.
Other information can be obtained from Lyn Kellett (email@example.com).
New for 2012-13:
Cake publishes poetry, flash fiction and reviews with work from established poets and newcomers alike. Go to Cake»
Share research and make connections with other researchers. Go to the Luminary»
The Flash Journal is an undergraduate run termly journal which publishes fiction, poetry, critical and hybrid work by current Lancaster undergrads. Go to Flash»
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