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University of Glasgow: Creative Writing

Institution University of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Critical Studies
Web www.glasgow.ac.uk/
Study type Taught

Summary

The Creative Writing programme at Glasgow has gained an excellent reputation amongst writers, agents and publishers. It is perfect for talented and aspiring writers who want to develop their craft, take risks in their work, and gain creative and critical skills; all as part of a supportive community of fellow writers.

Our postgraduate taught and research-led writing courses are among the most challenging and popular in Britain, and have helped launch the career of a number of successful writers including Anne Donovan, Louise Welsh and Rodge Glass, to name but a few.

Our postgraduate taught and research-led writing courses are among the most challenging and popular in Britain, and have helped launch the career of a number of successful writers including Anne Donovan, Louise Welsh and Rodge Glass, to name but a few. * We invite a range of guest speakers who can offer inspiration and advice to you, including authors, poets, journalists, publishers, editors, literary judges and playwrights. You can find information on previous guest speakers by visiting our creative writing subject page. * We have strong links with literary agents and publishers, and an impressive number of our graduates are published and acclaimed authors. * Join our creative community and study at a world-leading university. The University of Glasgow has been named Scottish University of the Year 2022 by the Times and the Sunday Times Good University Guide and rank 33rd in the World for English Language & Literature (QS World Rankings 2022).

The MLitt in Creative Writing is directed at those who are already engaged in writing. The programme’s clear three-part structure, focused on creative, critical and practical issues, distinguishes it from others offered in the UK.

The programme structure covers:

Semester 1

  • CREATIVE WRITING: CRAFT AND EXPERIMENTATION 1
  • CREATIVE WRITING: EDITING AND PUBLICATION 1
  • CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP
  • CREATIVE WRITING PORTFOLIO (PGT)

Semester 2

  • CREATIVE WRITING: EDITING AND PUBLICATION 2
  • CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP
  • CREATIVE WRITING PORTFOLIO (PGT)

And your choice (subject to availability) of one of the following: * CRIME FICTION * CREATIVE WRITING: OF THE PERSONAL: EMOTIONS AND THE SELF IN CREATIVE NON-FICTION * CREATIVE WRITING: POETRY INTERVENES NOW: DIVERSE QUEER STRATEGIES OF MAKING * THE GENRE-BENDING ART OF ESSAYING * READING & WRITING DEATH & DYING

Creative Conversations and other visiting speakers, which are not courses, also run through both semesters. These courses have been developed to:

  • encourage you to experiment with a range of voices, techniques and genres alongside a consideration of major creative and editorial engagements from the modern through the contemporary period
  • provide a space to undertake extended portfolios of creative and editorial work
  • familiarise you with the writing context (audience, publishing in all its forms, the legal framework, modes of transmission); help you develop a critical understanding of diverse creative, theoretic and critical texts through consideration of major creative and editorial engagements in modern and contemporary writing
  • help you develop the discipline of regular writing by providing a stimulating workshop and tutorial environment in which writing skills can be acquired, discussed and honed

Your portfolio, consisting of fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, or script-writing, is at the heart of the summative assessment.

Glasgow is a city known for its culture and our students are involved in festivals, events, radio and literary magazines.

Graduates have gone into journalism, publishing and writing.

You can find a list of alumni on our Creative Writing subject pages. Others have been published in magazines and journals, or have had their work produced and broadcast on radio and television.

A number of our graduates have won or been shortlisted for major prizes for poetry, short fiction and fiction including the Dundee Book Prize, Booker Prize, Bailey’s Women’s Prize, Orange Prize, Fish Short Story Award, Bridport Prize, McCash Scots Poetry Competition, Macallan and Canongate short story awards, Saltire Awards, Scottish Book of the Year Awards.

MLitt

University of Glasgow


The University of Glasgow is one of the UK’s most prestigious seats of learning, and the fourth oldest university in the English speaking world. Established in 1451 and recognised for its world-changing research and teaching, the University has inspired thinkers from eminent scientist Lord Kelvin and the father of economics Adam Smith, to Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. 

Rankings

The University:

  • is ranked 73rd in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2022
  • is in the top 100 in the world: Times Higher World University Rankings 2022
  • 95.9% of students in employment or further study 6 …
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