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MA Creative Writing and Publishing

Launch your writing career with this exciting and innovative Master’s programme offered by the University of Lincoln in partnership with The Guardian. Learn from industry professionals, acclaimed authors, renowned academics, and publishing insiders.

Our Alumni Scholarship can reduce fees by up to 20 per cent for UK students. See our Scholarship and Bursaries page for more information.

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Full-time

1 year

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Brayford Pool

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CRWPUBMA

Professor Jason Whittaker - Programme Leader

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.

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Welcome to MA Creative Writing and Publishing

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, and professionals from major publishers also contribute to the teaching and support, alongside Guardian editors and writers.

Previous speakers have included former Poet Laureate Dame Carol Ann Duffy; naturalist Chris Packham; poet Patience Agbabi, award-winning children's writer Laura Dockrill; celebrated authors Max Porter, Elif Shafak, Diana Evans, Kerry Hudson, Bernardine Evaristo, and Nikesh Shukla; literary agent Nicola Barr; as well as The Guardian's Associate Editor for Culture Claire Armitstead; theatre critic Arifa Akbar; columnist Polly Toynbee; writer Simon Hattenstone; and Observer critic Miranda Sawyer.

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, building an understanding of what editors are looking for, and learning about the publisher/reader relationship.

How You Study

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.

Delivery methods include workshops, online masterclasses, and tutorials. All formal teaching takes place on Fridays, between 10am and 5pm. During the summer months, students are expected to work largely independently, while engaging in personal tutorials with dissertation supervisors.

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 a favoured genre. Please refer to the Modules tab for more detailed information.

Teaching is divided between online sessions with The Guardian speakers and the University's Brayford Pool Campus in the historic city of Lincoln. Students are expected to attend ten one-day online Guardian masterclasses and ten one-day sessions in Lincoln alternately, as well as optional workshop sessions in Lincoln.

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 spent in class, students are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study.

Facilities

Teaching on this course is divided between all-day virtual sessions delivered by The Guardian and the University of Lincoln's Brayford Pool Campus. Guardian sessions will be delivered by a combination of journalists, authors, editors and agents who are very active in contemporary writing and publishing.

The University's Alfred Tennyson 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 Radio, our on-campus community radio station, is also based here.

Students can study and research in the University's Great Central Warehouse Library, which provides more than 260,000 printed books and approximately 750,000 electronic books and journals, as well as databases and specialist collections. The Library has a range of different spaces for shared and individual learning.

 

Alfred Tennyson Building

An Introduction to Your Modules


† 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.

Dissertation - Creative Writing and Publishing 2022-23CRW9002MLevel 72022-23The 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 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.CoreEnglish Now: Fiction, Form, and Genre for Publication 2022-23CRW9003MLevel 72022-23In 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.CoreNon Fiction and Professional Writing 2022-23CRW9004MLevel 72022-23This module offers 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 focuses on a particular specialism.CoreProduction and Creativity for Publishing 2022-23CRW9005MLevel 72022-23This 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.CoreProduction and the Business of Publishing 2022-23CRW9006MLevel 72022-23This 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 online masterclasses. 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.Core

How you are assessed

Students will be continuously assessed through a variety of exercises.
These include writing portfolios of creative writing, consisting of prose fiction, 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. Students will also complete exercises which focus on contextualizing their creative work and analysing the contemporary, literary market. The final piece of work required is a 15,000-word creative project, including a critical reflection. 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 students promptly - usually within 15 working days of the submission date.

Fees and Funding

For eligible students, there are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, UK students can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Programme Fees

Programme-Specific Additional Costs

Students are expected to cover the cost of their travel to all teaching sessions, plus any associated accommodation and general living costs. Students should also expect to cover the costs of any learning resources/equipment they might require such as books and laptops.

International Postgraduate Taught Application Deadline

Please note that international applications for taught postgraduate programmes starting in September 2022 have now closed.

Entry Requirements 2022-23

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.

Interviews

Successful applicants will be invited to an interview where they will have the opportunity to discuss their personal statement and their creative sample with a member of the academic team. We recommend that your creative sample consist of no more than 1000 words (prose) or four A4 pages of script. Prose submissions can be an extract from a longer piece, a short story, a feature article, or a portfolio of flash fiction. Interviews are designed to make sure we're right for you, and you are right for us. With this in mind, do make sure you bring some questions with you. We understand that interviews can be daunting, but try not to worry. Remember that we are looking forward to meeting you.  

Teaching and Research Expertise

Dr Sarah Stovell is a crime novelist turned comedy writer whose most recent novel, Other Parents, was published by HarperCollins in January 2022. She will be leading the Production and the Business of Publishing module.

Professor Jason Whittaker's research interests include 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. His latest book Jerusalem: Blake, Parry and the Fight for Englishness is published by Oxford University Press and is available now. Jason will be leading the Non-fiction and Professional Writing module.

Career Opportunities

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.

Prioritising Face-to-Face Teaching

At the University of Lincoln, we strive to ensure our students’ experience is engaging, supportive, and academically challenging. Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, we have adapted to Government guidance to keep our students, staff, and community safe. All remaining Covid-19 legal restrictions in England were lifted in February 2022 under the Government’s Plan for Living with Covid-19, and we have embraced a safe return to in-person teaching on campus. Where appropriate, face-to-face teaching is enhanced by the use of digital tools and technology and may be complemented by online opportunities where these support learning outcomes.

We are fully prepared to adapt our plans if changes in Government guidance make this necessary, and we will endeavour to keep current and prospective students informed. For more information about how we are working to keep our community safe, please visit our coronavirus web pages.

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.