The emphasis of this postgraduate creative writing course is cross-cultural and cross-genre, pointing up the needs and challenges of the contemporary writer who produces his or her creative work in the context of a global writerly and critical community.
The Creative Writing programme at the University of Oxford offers a clustered learning format of five Residences, two Guided Retreats and one Placement over two years. The research Placement, a distinguishing feature of the course, offers between one and two weeks' hands-on experience of writing in the real world. Students may undertake their placement in a literary agency, a publishing house, the offices of a literary periodical, a theatre company, a screen production company, or other relevant organization. Placement organisations have included Macmillan, the Poetry Society, Initialise Films, Random House, the BBC, the Literary Review, AM Heath, Pegasus Theatre, and Carcanet.
The first year concentrates equally on prose (fiction and narrative non-fiction), poetry and drama. There is a significant critical reading and analysis component, which is linked to the writerly considerations explored in each of the three genres. Students are expected to engage fully with all three genres, in a spirit of exploration and with the aim of discovering what impact and relevance unaccustomed genres have for the development of their individual writerly voice. This necessarily involves undertaking assignments and exercises in areas that are new to students, and do not relate directly to any work they may have in progress. Students may be able to continue with their own longer term pieces-in-progress but the concentration of year 1 teaching is on producing new work, and the exercises and assignments, which should take priority, reflect this emphasis.
The second year offers specialization in a single genre, again accompanied by a significant critical element focused around issues of interest to the individual student and related to the genre of choice.
Your specialization choices are as follows:
- The novel
- Short fiction
- Radio drama
- TV drama
- Stage drama
- Narrative non-fiction
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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DisciplinesLanguage Studies Creative Writing Linguistics View 398 other Masters in Linguistics in United Kingdom
As a minimum, applicants should hold or be predicted to achieve the equivalent of the following UK qualifications:
- a first-class or upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours in a related field.
- For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA normally sought is 3.6 out of 4.0.If your degree is not from the UK or another country specified above, visit our International Qualifications page for guidance on the qualifications and grades that would usually be considered to meet the University’s minimum entry requirements.
We are looking for writers with a proven record of commitment to their craft. You should be a keen reader, and bring an open-minded, questioning approach to both reading and writing. You will not necessarily have yet achieved publication, but you will have written regularly and read widely over a sustained period.
International11925 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 11925 GBP per year during 24 months.
National7600 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 7600 GBP per year during 24 months.
Living costs for Oxford
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