Master Stage Progression Route for Humber College Creative Writing Students

Here at UoG we are pleased to offer a unique collaborative opportunity for Creative Writing students from Humber College in Canada.  Students who have received their Humber College Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing are able to continue their studies with our programme, via distance learning, in order to attain the full MA in Creative Writing qualification.  We accept students studying poetry, prose, and drama.  Further information is available on our downloadable Humber MA Creative Writing Flyer, which features below.  On this page, you’ll also find a short podcast from Dr. David Webster, Head of Learning and Teaching Innovation at UoG’s Academic Development Unit, discussing the details of the MA Top-up programme.  For those preparing to undertake their studies with us, you’ll also find a FAQ’s section with Dr. Tico Romao, Head of International Development at UoG.

If you have any questions pertaining to the admission process and fees, please contact Rebecca Smith (rsmith6@glos.ac.uk); for course-related questions, you are welcome to contact our MA Academic Course Leader, Dr. Michael Johnstone (mjohnstone@glos.ac.uk).

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Podcast with Dr. David Webster (Head of Learning & Teaching Innovation)

FAQ With Dr. Tico Romaco (Head of International Development)

  1. Can students develop an existing draft or must they start a new project?

Yes, students may continue to develop an existing draft. They may also commence a new project.

  1. Are there any textbooks you would recommend?

Here are indicative resources that students might find useful include:

  • Yorke, J. (2013) Into the Woods, London: Penguin
  • Bailey, T. A Short Story Writer’s Companion, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001)
  • Burroway, J., Writing Fiction, (London: Longman, 2006)
  • Edgar, David. How Plays Work (London: Nick Hern, 2009)
  • Egril, Lajos. The Art of Dramatic Writing ((New York: Touchstone, 2004)
  • Gardner, J., The Art of Fiction, (New York: Vintage, 1991)
  • Judson, Jerome, The Poet’s Handbook (Cincinnati: Writer’s Digest, 1987)
  • Lamott, Anne, Bird by Bird (New York: Anchor, 1995)
  • Le Guin, U.K., Steering the Craft (New York: Eighth Mountain Press, 1999)
  • Roorbach, Bill, Writing Life Stories (New York: Writers Digest, 2008)
  • Samson, Peter, Writing Poems (Newcastle: Bloodaxe, 1993)
  • Sellers, Heather, The Practice of Creative Writing (New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2014)
  1. What are the platforms of distance education that you use?

Moodle, email, and Skype.

  1. Who will I work with?

Dependent upon the nature of the project, each student will be assigned a member from the course team who is most suitable to provide guidance.

  1. Is there a way of communicating with other students in the program?

Distance learning students will be able to interact and engage with home students through the course’s Moodle forums.

  1. Are there alumni whose work I can be directed to?

There are several recent dissertations available online via the library catalogue, that are accessible once you become registered as a University of Gloucestershire student. You can read about some of our alumni here.

  1. If I successfully complete this program, may I continue studies at your institution or others?

The next academic level to progress on to would be doctoral level studies. Our doctoral level programmes are available at: http://www.glos.ac.uk/research/pages/research-degrees.aspx.

Alternatively you may like to look at the course offerings of other universities via their websites.

  1. How long is the program?

The program runs for 12 months, from September to September.

  1. What are the expectations for the weekly or monthly amount of work, or number of pages I should be expected to complete?

Students are expected to undertake a total of 600 hours independent study and contact time. This averages at about 11.5 hours per week. During term time, MA students normally write about 1000 words per week, read and critique their peers’ work, while also reading widely in their chosen genre.

  1. Is financial aid available?

Unfortunately financial aid is not available to international students. However, you may be able to use OSAP funding however to help fund your studies with us.

  1. Do you have a method for helping successful students to place their work?

We publish and annual paperback anthology of student work, the New Writing series, which all BA, MA, and PhD students are welcome to submit to, provided they are not working on it as editors.  Full details are available here.

We also run a novel-writing competition, which is an opportunity for students to make contact with a literary agent. More information here.

12. Can we get OSAP funding to study this programme?

You will need to check with OSAP that this study would be eligible. We are recognised by OSAP and listed on their website.

13. Can I study this course on campus at UoG?

While we would welcome you on campus, the course isn’t classed as full-time study for student visa requirements.

14. What is the schedule for the course? When does it end?

The course begins in September and lasts until the following September.

15. Can I access this course without a Bachelor Degree?

To access this course you need to have successfully completed the Humber College Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing – Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction.

16. Do I need a certain grade for entry?

No: the course is open to all students who have successfully completed the Humber College Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing – Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction.

17. Is a portfolio of my writing required?

No: we normally ask prospective Master’s students for a portfolio of writing, but for this course successful completion of the Humber College Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing is accepted as evidence of an applicant’s readiness for Master’s level study.

18. When are your intakes?

Intakes are annual, every September.

19. When will the assessments be and what will I have to produce?

Students will commence study in September and their first assessment will be due in January. This will be 3000 words of Creative Writing (the first chapter of a novel, for instance) supported by a 1000-word critical reflection. The second assessment will be due in May, and it will be the same format – another 3000 words of Creative Writing (the second chapter of a novel, for instance) and another 1000-word critical reflection. Then, in September, students will submit their final dissertations: 10,000 words of creative writing supported by a 4000-word critical reflection.

20. Will there be a set class time for scheduled contact hours?

There won’t be a set class time because different students will have different work commitments. We’re looking at a mode of delivery based on individual tuition (one to one feedback via email and Skype, for instance) combined with peer critique via a discussion board.

21. When is the application deadline?

The deadline for a September 2017 start is Friday 30th June. Depending on availability, late applications may be considered at the discretion of the course leader.

20. I want to talk to someone. Do you have a phone number I can use?

With regard to questions pertaining to the admissions process and fees please contact Rebecca Smith – Regional Manager (North America): rsmith6@glos.ac.uk  T: +44 1242 714 399

With regard to more course-related questions, please contact: Michael Johnstone – Academic Course Leader for the MA Creative and Critical Writing: mjohnstone@glos.ac.uk

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