MA Creative Writing and Publishing

MA Creative Writing and Publishing

Launch your writing career. Learn from industry professionals, acclaimed authors, renowned academics, and publishing insiders.

The Course

MA Creative Writing and Publishing is an exciting and innovative Master’s programme offered by the University of Lincoln in partnership with The Guardian.

Fusing academia and creativity with industry insights, this programme offers students the opportunity to develop their skills and build a portfolio with support from an academic coach and professionals in the publishing industry.

Teaching is enhanced by workshops, readings and masterclasses by acclaimed authors from a range of genres, including Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, naturalist Chris Packham, and art historian Andrew Graham Dixon. Professionals from major publishers will contribute to the teaching and support, alongside Guardian editors and writers such as Associate Editor for Culture Claire Armitstead, freelance writer Stuart Heritage, and interviewer Decca Aitkenhead.

A focus on the business of publishing aims to prepare students for entering the competitive world of contemporary publishing, as well as to develop the necessary skills such as creating an elevator pitch and writing first-rate submission letters to attract publishers and agents, build an understanding of what editors are looking for, and learn about the publisher/reader relationship.

Seminars and workshops are divided between sessions at The Guardian offices based in the heart of the UK’s publishing and media industries in London, and the University’s picturesque Brayford Pool Campus in the historic city of Lincoln.

This course will commence on 26 October 2018. Teaching comprises ten one-day sessions in London and ten one-day sessions in Lincoln alternately.

The Course

MA Creative Writing and Publishing is an exciting and innovative Master’s programme offered by the University of Lincoln in partnership with The Guardian.

Fusing academia and creativity with industry insights, this programme offers students the opportunity to develop their skills and build a portfolio with support from an academic coach and professionals in the publishing industry.

Teaching is enhanced by workshops, readings and masterclasses by acclaimed authors from a range of genres, including Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, naturalist Chris Packham, and art historian Andrew Graham Dixon. Professionals from major publishers will contribute to the teaching and support, alongside Guardian editors and writers such as Associate Editor for Culture Claire Armitstead, freelance writer Stuart Heritage, and interviewer Decca Aitkenhead.

A focus on the business of publishing aims to prepare students for entering the competitive world of contemporary publishing, as well as to develop the necessary skills such as creating an elevator pitch and writing first-rate submission letters to attract publishers and agents, build an understanding of what editors are looking for, and learn about the publisher/reader relationship.

Seminars and workshops are divided between sessions at The Guardian offices based in the heart of the UK’s publishing and media industries in London, and the University’s picturesque Brayford Pool Campus in the historic city of Lincoln.

Teaching comprises ten one-day sessions in London and ten one-day sessions in Lincoln alternately.

Students have the opportunity to work across different genres and formats including poetry, fiction, life writing and script writing, to work with editors and publishers, and to write an extended piece of creative literature.

Staff involved in the teaching of this specialist programme may include published novelists, poets and scriptwriters. The programme takes advantage of links to professional environments within journalism and London-based publishing to enhance student opportunities. There is the opportunity to engage with editors and journalists working at The Guardian who provide additional masterclasses in aspects of professional writing.

Modules aim to develop the skills required to become a successful writer and to provide the creative freedom to become proficient through practice in your favoured genre. Please refer to the Modules tab for more detailed information.

Teaching is divided between sessions at The Guardian offices in London and the University’s Brayford Pool Campus in the historic city of Lincoln. Students are expected to attend ten one-day sessions in London and ten one-day sessions in Lincoln alternately.

Students are expected to cover the cost of their travel to all teaching sessions, plus any associated accommodation and general living costs.

Contact and Independent Study

Weekly contact hours on this programme may vary depending on the stage of study.

Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study.

Dissertation - Creative Writing and Publishing (Core)
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Dissertation - Creative Writing and Publishing (Core)

The dissertation provides the opportunity for students to write an extensive piece of work of their own choosing to a publishable standard. Students may work in any genre of imaginative literature – poetry or fiction – and may enhance their work through illustration, utilising electronic media or the recording of their work as an oral performance. The dissertation is intended to draw upon and reflect the skills gained from previous modules.

English Now: Fiction, Form, and Genre for Publication (Core)
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English Now: Fiction, Form, and Genre for Publication (Core)

In this core module, students have the opportunity to explore contemporary works that have been acclaimed by critics and read by the public in order to discuss the basis of their appeal as singular texts, as a genre and as a commodity in contemporary culture.

The module considers what defines a particular category as a genre in 21st Century fiction and whether one can trace a cultural shift in this genre from 20th Century iterations. It also examines the nature of story and drama, how to create a character, different approaches to structuring stories and the different demands made on the story teller by different forms of drama.

Non Fiction and Professional Writing (Core)
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Non Fiction and Professional Writing (Core)

This module offer the opportunity to study a selection of contemporary non-fiction texts as an introduction to the thematic concerns and formal qualities of writing for a variety of markets, including feature writing and specialist markets such as health, travel, technology, the arts and history. Masterclasses with writers from The Guardian offer an opportunity to explore techniques for making your writing more effective.

Students can examine their chosen specialism across a range of publications and study the particular attributes needed for specialist journalism. Throughout this module, students will be expected to develop a portfolio of work that focus on a particular specialism.

Production and Creativity for Publishing (Core)
Find out more

Production and Creativity for Publishing (Core)

This module enables students to engage in the full creative process of writing in order to work towards a publishable standard within two literary genres of their choice and to compile a portfolio of their writing. The completed portfolio will comprise the entire writing process from original ideas, planning, drafts with edits and completed pieces, as well as an individual reflective log. Emphasis here will be placed on process as much as product.

The notion of ‘work in progress’ will be a major focus of this module with frequent opportunities for students to read their on-going work in group workshop scenarios or discuss it on a one-to-one basis with tutors in order to gain feedback.

Production and the Business of Publishing (Core)
Find out more

Production and the Business of Publishing (Core)

This module is intended to consider some of the business aspects of the publishing industry and draws on the experience and expertise of writers and editors at The Guardian via masterclasses and workshops.

Students will be introduced to the basic requirements of traditional print publishing as well as electronic publishing, using digital media. Learning about these two areas of publishing gives an insight into how editors and publishers work, which in turn can help students to develop the knowledge and skills to publish and promote themselves on and off-line, and to network with others. This may aid preparation for the process of applying for jobs, residencies, grants, internships and other work in the creative industries, as well as for the realities of life as a contemporary writer.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Students will be continuously assessed through a variety of exercises. These range from writing prose fiction, poetry and drama, adapting work from one genre to another, editing, writing within the conventions of a specific genre, or undertaking a piece of life-writing. The final piece of work required is a 15,000-word creative project. Submitted works are collated into portfolios, with evaluations on style and technique.

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

 

Full-time 2019/20 Entry*
Home/EU £12,000 per level
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship** 20% reduction)
£9,600 per level
International** £12,000 per level
International (Including International Alumni Scholarship £2,000 reduction) ** £10,000 per level

* Academic year September-July
** Subject to eligibility
*** International Students who require a Tier 4 student visa are not eligible to apply for this course but international students on alternative appropriate visas may apply.

Guardian Scholarship

For 2019/20 entry, current Guardian Staff, and students who have completed a *Guardian Masterclass are eligible for a £2000 fee waiver from the full Master's fee for this programme. Students only completing the PG Diploma and PG Certificate stages will not be eligible for the offer. Please note that the Guardian Scholarship cannot be used in conjunction with any other Scholarship offer.* Students must have completed a recognised, full-day (10am-4pm) Guardian Masterclasses Masterclass, alternative Guardian events will not qualify.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £67.00 per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

Exceptionally tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

Other Costs

Students are expected to cover the cost of their travel to all teaching sessions, plus any associated accommodation and general living costs.

Applicants will require a first or second class honours degree from any subject. Relevant professional experience will also be considered.

International Students who require a Tier 4 student visa are not eligible to apply for this course but international students on alternative appropriate visas may apply.

Students have the opportunity to work across different genres and formats including poetry, fiction, life writing and script writing, to work with editors and publishers, and to write an extended piece of creative literature.

Staff involved in the teaching of this specialist programme may include published novelists, poets and scriptwriters. The programme takes advantage of links to professional environments within journalism and London-based publishing to enhance student opportunities. There is the opportunity to engage with editors and journalists working at The Guardian who provide additional masterclasses in aspects of professional writing.

Modules aim to develop the skills required to become a successful writer and to provide the creative freedom to become proficient through practice in your favoured genre. Please refer to the Modules tab for more detailed information.

Teaching is divided between sessions at The Guardian offices in London and the University’s Brayford Pool Campus in the historic city of Lincoln. Students are expected to attend ten one-day sessions in London and ten one-day sessions in Lincoln alternately.

Students are expected to cover the cost of their travel to all teaching sessions, plus any associated accommodation and general living costs.

Contact and Independent Study

Weekly contact hours on this programme may vary depending on the stage of study.

Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study.

Dissertation - Creative Writing and Publishing (Core)
Find out more

Dissertation - Creative Writing and Publishing (Core)

The dissertation provides the opportunity for students to write an extensive piece of work of their own choosing to a publishable standard. Students may work in any genre of imaginative literature – poetry or fiction – and may enhance their work through illustration, utilising electronic media or the recording of their work as an oral performance. The dissertation is intended to draw upon and reflect the skills gained from previous modules.

English Now: Fiction, Form, and Genre for Publication (Core)
Find out more

English Now: Fiction, Form, and Genre for Publication (Core)

In this core module, students have the opportunity to explore contemporary works that have been acclaimed by critics and read by the public in order to discuss the basis of their appeal as singular texts, as a genre and as a commodity in contemporary culture.

The module considers what defines a particular category as a genre in 21st Century fiction and whether one can trace a cultural shift in this genre from 20th Century iterations. It also examines the nature of story and drama, how to create a character, different approaches to structuring stories and the different demands made on the story teller by different forms of drama.

Non Fiction and Professional Writing (Core)
Find out more

Non Fiction and Professional Writing (Core)

This module offer the opportunity to study a selection of contemporary non-fiction texts as an introduction to the thematic concerns and formal qualities of writing for a variety of markets, including feature writing and specialist markets such as health, travel, technology, the arts and history. Masterclasses with writers from The Guardian offer an opportunity to explore techniques for making your writing more effective.

Students can examine their chosen specialism across a range of publications and study the particular attributes needed for specialist journalism. Throughout this module, students will be expected to develop a portfolio of work that focus on a particular specialism.

Production and Creativity for Publishing (Core)
Find out more

Production and Creativity for Publishing (Core)

This module enables students to engage in the full creative process of writing in order to work towards a publishable standard within two literary genres of their choice and to compile a portfolio of their writing. The completed portfolio will comprise the entire writing process from original ideas, planning, drafts with edits and completed pieces, as well as an individual reflective log. Emphasis here will be placed on process as much as product.

The notion of ‘work in progress’ will be a major focus of this module with frequent opportunities for students to read their on-going work in group workshop scenarios or discuss it on a one-to-one basis with tutors in order to gain feedback.

Production and the Business of Publishing (Core)
Find out more

Production and the Business of Publishing (Core)

This module is intended to consider some of the business aspects of the publishing industry and draws on the experience and expertise of writers and editors at The Guardian via masterclasses and workshops.

Students will be introduced to the basic requirements of traditional print publishing as well as electronic publishing, using digital media. Learning about these two areas of publishing gives an insight into how editors and publishers work, which in turn can help students to develop the knowledge and skills to publish and promote themselves on and off-line, and to network with others. This may aid preparation for the process of applying for jobs, residencies, grants, internships and other work in the creative industries, as well as for the realities of life as a contemporary writer.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Students will be continuously assessed through a variety of exercises. These range from writing prose fiction, poetry and drama, adapting work from one genre to another, editing, writing within the conventions of a specific genre, or undertaking a piece of life-writing. The final piece of work required is a 15,000-word creative project. Submitted works are collated into portfolios, with evaluations on style and technique.

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

 

Full-time 2019/20 Entry*
Home/EU £12,000 per level
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship** 20% reduction)
£9,600 per level
International** £12,000 per level
International (Including International Alumni Scholarship £2,000 reduction) ** £10,000 per level

* Academic year September-July
** Subject to eligibility
*** International Students who require a Tier 4 student visa are not eligible to apply for this course but international students on alternative appropriate visas may apply.

Guardian Scholarship

For 2019/20 entry, current Guardian Staff, and students who have completed a *Guardian Masterclass are eligible for a £2000 fee waiver from the full Master's fee for this programme. Students only completing the PG Diploma and PG Certificate stages will not be eligible for the offer. Please note that the Guardian Scholarship cannot be used in conjunction with any other Scholarship offer.* Students must have completed a recognised, full-day (10am-4pm) Guardian Masterclasses Masterclass, alternative Guardian events will not qualify.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £67.00 per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

Exceptionally tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

Other Costs

Students are expected to cover the cost of their travel to all teaching sessions, plus any associated accommodation and general living costs.

Applicants will require a first or second class honours degree from any subject. Relevant professional experience will also be considered.

International Students who require a Tier 4 student visa are not eligible to apply for this course but international students on alternative appropriate visas may apply.

Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may also be supported in their learning by other students.

Prof Jason Whittaker

Professor Jason Whittaker

Programme Leader

Jason joined Lincoln in 2015 as Head of the School of English and Journalism. He worked for more than fifteen years as a journalist and magazine editor, specialising in technology and computer journalism. His main research interests are the posthumous reception of William Blake in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, as well as developments in digital publishing. He has published widely on these subjects, as well as on magazine journalism more generally.

Course Enquiries: jwhittaker@lincoln.ac.uk


Your Future Career

Career and Personal Development

This course aims to prepare students for entering the competitive world of contemporary publishing, as well as to engage with necessary skills such as creating an elevator pitch and writing first-rate submission letters to attract publishers and agents, develop an understanding of what editors are looking for, and learn about the publisher/reader relationship.

Through a combination of academic study and workshop activities, the programme can enhance the transferable skills within creative writing, preparing students for occupations in areas such as publishing, lifestyle journalism and public relations.

Careers Services

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.
The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages here http://bit.ly/1lAS1Iz.

Career and Personal Development

This course aims to prepare students for entering the competitive world of contemporary publishing, as well as to engage with necessary skills such as creating an elevator pitch and writing first-rate submission letters to attract publishers and agents, develop an understanding of what editors are looking for, and learn about the publisher/reader relationship.

Through a combination of academic study and workshop activities, the programme can enhance the transferable skills within creative writing, preparing students for occupations in areas such as publishing, lifestyle journalism and public relations.

Careers Services

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.
The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages here http://bit.ly/1lAS1Iz.


Facilities

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our students. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

Students can study and research in the University's Great Central Warehouse Library, which provides more than 250,000 printed books and approximately 400,000 electronic books and journals, as well as databases and specialist collections. The Library has a range of different spaces for shared and individual learning.

The Media, Humanities and Technology (MHT) building is equipped with industry standard media suites providing specialist broadcast television, radio and sound equipment. The building is also home to television studios, photography studios and radio editing suites. Siren FM, our on-campus community radio station, is also based here.


The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.