MA Creative Writing

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Workshop in Fiction Writing I

Course unit fact file
Unit code ENGL71411
Credit rating 30
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by English and American Studies
Available as a free choice unit? No


This course unit follows the normal pattern of creative writing workshops. Students will meet each week to discuss each others work under the supervision of a tutor.


'To develop students' critical reading skills, so they are able to offer clear and constructive feedback on work-in-progress
-To explore at the practical level the particular demands and difficulties of writing literary fiction.
-To develop students' ability to present their own work in a form which accords with generally recognised conventions within the publishing industry.
-To encourage students to improve their own writing by responding intelligently and selectively to a variety of feedback.

Learning outcomes

'Make clear and useful suggestions as to how to revise the early draft of a work-in-progress
-Effectively revise and improve their own writing in response to feedback
-Recognise some of the particular challenges and requirements of writing literary fiction.
-Present their own work in a form which accords with generally accepted conventions.

Assessment methods

Portfolio 100%


Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 33
Independent study hours
Independent study 267

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Honor Gavin Unit coordinator
Beth Underdown Unit coordinator

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