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The PG Diploma in Creative Writing is a two-year part-time programme, aimed at writers wishing to develop their creative and critical skills at an advanced level. The programme adopts an all-encompassing approach to the discipline of creative writing, taking in a variety of genres and exploring the major forms of prose, poetry and scripts.
The programme starts in late September/early October each academic year, as well as a second start date in January each year – places are limited to ensure a constructive atmosphere for workshops.
This is a part-time, postgraduate-level programme delivered wholly online in a fully-supported learning environment. Students can exit with a Postgraduate Certificate after successful completion of the first year if their circumstances change.
The programme is a keen mix of writing exercises and literary analysis, and students will develop an understanding of the following key areas:
This part-time two-year programme will comprise six 20-credit modules which will develop students’ writing skills and their critical faculties in a range of genres. These modules are:
Students will be required to complete all these modules in the first instance, though additional modules may be added in the future to accommodate future programme growth and offer a broader learning experience.
Assessments will comprise a balance of creative portfolios at the conclusion of every module, alongside critical essays, reflective journals and literary reviews.
Our approach to e-learning is distinctive and may be different from your general perceptions about online study:
A key feature of our programme is the availability and quality of support that we offer through module tutors, pastoral support and a dedicated administrative and technical support team.
We hold two optional two-day Residential Weekends at York each year. Each event is an opportunity to meet your fellow students and staff, engage in writing workshops and hear from writers about their experiences of the writing process and publication. These events are free of charge, though students are expected to meet the costs of their travel, accommodation and sustenance. For students who are unable to attend these weekends, there is the option to engage via real-time video conferencing or to watch recordings of the key sessions from each weekend. In the first two years, we anticipate that we will be joined at the weekends by John Baker, Helen Cross, Antony Dunn and Mike Kenny.
The programme is aimed at experienced writers who are comfortable with exploring the possibilities of the English language.
Normally students will be expected to hold a Bachelor’s Degree in a related subject area (such as English). CLL will also favourably consider any student previously awarded a BA/BSc in any subject, and with evidence of recent HE level creative writing study.
As a Centre based upon the cornerstone of open access, CLL will also seek to ensure that those without the qualifications highlighted above, but with the obvious ability to succeed, have the opportunity to engage.
In such instances, a portfolio of recent creative/imaginative writing and/or the presentation of a critical literary essay may be requested and considered by the admissions panel; CLL reserves the right to ask any student for such a portfolio to support their application.
Any student may be called to interview.
Students must have an IELTS score of 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in Writing (or equivalent).
The online postgraduate diploma in Creative Writing is priced in line with other University postgraduate programmes, details of which can be found at http://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding.
For 2016/17, the cost of the Diploma award will be £5,320, split between the two years of the programme. The price of the second year may rise incrementally in line with standard University tuition fees, if appropriate.
How to apply
You can apply for this course using our online application system.
If you've not already done so, please read the application guidance first so that you understand the various steps in the application process.