You'll attend two-hour sessions every Thursday or Tuesday evenings during term-time. These sessions alternate between writing workshops and academic seminars exploring published texts. One other weekday evening is used, roughly fortnightly, for sessions on aspects of the writer's craft and research skills.
You'll also discuss your work with tutors in one-to-one tutorials, and there are two half-day Saturday conferences each year.
A series of two-hour workshops spread across the two years in which students' writing is discussed by the group with the emphasis on constructive criticism and support.
The Short Story:
A module offering an advanced analysis of the modern short story, exploring the nature of the genre and its formal techniques. Texts studied may include work by Katherine Mansfield, J. D. Salinger, Raymond Carver, Margaret Atwood, James Kelman and Rose Tremain.
Aspects of Craft:
A series of two-hour seminars focused on specific aspects of craft such as voice, character, dialogue, point of view, setting, and structure.
A module offering an exploration of the modern novel, considering the genre's tradition, narrative techniques and sources of inspiration. A range of novels will be considered alongside texts such as David Lodge's The Art of Fiction and Milan Kundera's The Art of the Novel.
A series of sessions focused on the presentation of one's writing on the page and in the flesh, and exploring routes to publication.
A module exploring key skills in research for academic work.
With guidance and supervision, you'll produce an extended piece of prose fiction for submission at the end of the programme. This work will build upon and develop the knowledge and understanding gained in the earlier taught courses and workshops.