You can choose from a specialist workshop in fiction, poetry or life writing, or an option from the list of MA options offered by ECL including topics such as European Avant-Garde, Postmodernist Fiction or Re-writing Sexualities.
Assessment is by the submission of four pieces of writing of 5,000 words each – either an essay, or, for workshops, a piece or pieces of creative or life-writing – plus a critical account of how you have structured and developed your work.
Each term you submit a piece of your own writing together with a critical account of how you have structured and developed it.
Presentations of your work to other students with an account of your aims and approaches form an additional important element.
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Birkbeck offers advice on all the options for financing your studies. A collection of poems that you can't wait to get down on paper?This degree will help you develop your creative writing practice.Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard in a relevant/related subject.In both the Contemporary Contexts module and the workshops you will be asked to consider works by significant contemporary writers in relation to your own writing practice.Assessment is by a critical essay on a writer or literary issue.All students attend this two and-a-half-hour compulsory workshop – part-time students attend in their first year.In the first term you will be encouraged to experiment with a variety of genres in creative and life writing, and then in the second term to develop your individual interests in poetry, fiction, autobiography and biography, or perhaps a fusion of those genres.You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.We accept a wide range of international qualifications.