Creative Writing

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Creative Writing

The Creative Writing postgraduate programme is unique, no other writing course requiring each student to write a novel on completion of the course as at West Dean. This immensely practical, realistic course also includes one-to-one tutorials and visits by international authors, agents, media practitioners and publishers. Greg Mosse BA Hons in Drama and English, MA in Creative Writing, is the programme leader, his breadth of knowledge, clarity of teaching and drive is second to none. Associate tutor Lesley Thomson is joined by authors Kate Mosse, Dr Rachel Holmes, R J Ellory, Imogen Parker, agent Mark Lucas and others.

Please view the link below which is a press release from the QAA where they talk about the publication of the first REO reports and mention West Dean as their first example of good practice.

http://www.qaa.ac.uk/Newsroom/PressReleases/Pages/QAA-publishes-first-educational-oversight-review-reports.aspx

PGDIP/MA (University of Sussex Award)

The postgraduate programme in Creative Writing at West Dean College is designed to respond to each student’s unique creative inspiration. Throughout the programme, you are encouraged to employ your own writing as the basis for your study, using fragments of your work in progress to complete the twelve units. It is for writers who wish to publish novels. Within this, there are opportunities to develop – to a professional standard – screenplays, TV and radio dramas, poetry, hypertext and other forms. The teaching focuses on the craft of writing – firstly the
creative inspiration, secondly editorial objectivity.

You can study full-time or part-time, for more information about these options click here

Entry Requirements

Entry to the Creative Writing postgraduate programme is determined by portfolio and a qualification equivalent to a first degree.
Professional memberships or a background in professional writing may be acceptable.Regardless of prior qualifications, all applicants
will be required to submit a portfolio of work to demonstrate an ability to study at PGDip/MA level in Creative Writing.
Evidence of the above will be sought at portfolio interview. The minimum level of English language competence expected of students who do not have English as their first language will normally be IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

FULL-TIME PROGRAMME


The full-time course takes one year and is made up of three terms of 12 weeks each, requiring a total of about 35 hours per week of attendance, creative writing, reading and visits. This is followed by the completion of a long piece of Creative Writing that makes up the additional MA component, to be completed over the long summer vacation.
On the full-time course there are two full days of workshops, seminars and lectures on Mondays and Wednesdays. Friday is allocated for one-to-one editorial and tutorials and as a full-time student, you will have a minimum of one tutorial
every two weeks. Tutorials can be conducted on-site, by phone/Skype.
Accommodation for full-time students within the full-time student annexes is offered subject to availability.

PART-TIME PROGRAMME


The part-time course takes two years and is made up of six/seven terms of 12 weeks each, requiring a total of about 17-18 hours per week of attendance, independent study, creative writing, reading and visits. This is followed by the completion of a long piece of Creative Writing that makes up the additional MA component, to be completed either over the summer vacation following the second academic year on
a full-time basis, or during the first term of a third academic year on a part-time basis.
On the part-time programme, you attend one full day of workshops, seminars and lectures. You may be able to select your day of attendance to suit your circumstances. Your choice of day will hold good for the two years. Friday is allocated for one-to-one
editorial and tutorial sessions. As a part-time student, you will have a minimum of one tutorial every three weeks. Tutorials can be
conducted on-site by phone/Skype.
Accommodation for part-time students within the main house, the night before or after your study day is subject to availability and can
only be booked two weeks in advance at reception desk.

Programme Leader

Greg Mosse

Greg has a BA Hons Drama & English, PGCE Modern Languages, and an MA in Creative Writing. He has taught for seven years at West
Dean College, collecting many tributes for his enthusiasm, breadth of knowledge, drive and – above all – for the clarity of his methods.

Creative Writing Tutors

Greg Mosse is supported by a wide range of authors, editors and agents who visit the college and contribute to teaching, workshop sessions and one-to-one tutorials. The principal associate tutor is author Lesley Thomson.

The programme also has a particularly close relationship with authors Kate Mosse, R J Ellory and Imogen Parker, agent Mark Lucas, the Southbank Centre and Myriad Editions.

For student profiles please click here

To download a copy of the definitive documents for the MA Creative Writing click here.


Admissions

Application forms and further information on how to apply click here. An admissions panel, including a programme tutor, will consider your application and if you fulfil the entry requirements you will be invited to visit West Dean for an interview and practical test with the programme tutor and another senior member of academic staff.

Full-time PGDip fees for Creative Writing 2013-2014

Full-time PGDip fees for Creative Writing
Diploma Fees (Per term)

Tuition: £2,870 (£8,610 per academic year)
Accommodation: £2,010 (£6,030 per academic year)
Total: £4,880 (£14,640 per academic year)

Creative Writing MA Fees
(ten-week extension to Postgraduate Diploma)

Tuition: £1,720
Accommodation; £1,675
Total: £3,395

(The total tuition fee for completing the Postgraduate Diploma & MA Degree extension in Creative Writing (full-time) is £10,330, accommodation fee is £7,705)

Part-time PGDip fees for Creative Writing
Diploma fees (per term)
Tuition: £1,435 per term (£4,305 per academic year)
Note: Accommodation not available for part-time Creative Writing students.


ENQUIRIES: Telephone: +44 (0)1243 818208 or 811301 Email: diplomas@westdean.org.uk

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