Creative Writing Poetry (MA)
Why study for an MA in writing poetry?
You have been writing poetry for long enough to know that it is as vital part of your life. You need expert guidance and feedback in order to develop further. One-off workshops and short courses are not enough, and you need to work in a group that is of a consistently high level, and which offers rigorous feedback and intensive support. You are also committed to offering this in return.
You want a chance to put poetry at the forefront of your life, to be absorbed in writing and reading, and to discover more about your imaginative, artistic and intellectual capabilities. You want to do this in an academic context because you want to learn more about poetry across time and place, about form and technique, concept and theory, cause and effect. You want to read the kinds of poetry you’ve never come across and discover things about its potential that you’ve never known.
Your aim is to write poetry of a publishable standard and with this in mind you want to learn more about publishing procedures and opportunities, readings, awards, etc. You want to benefit from the ways in which the study of poetry enhances analytical, conceptual and verbal skills as well as refining your powers of precision, argument and logic.
What are we looking for?
We are not looking for a particular kind of poet nor do we have a house style. The students we choose come from all kinds of backgrounds and write in very different ways. What we look for is an emerging poetic self, the beginnings of a voice unlike any other, a deep engagement with all poetry, an understanding of how a poem might work, and the analytical and imaginative capacity to bring a poem to fruition.
What do we offer?
A year of intensive reading, writing, exploration and risk-taking during which our students develop a body of work close in length to a first collection. We aim to create a supportive but rigorous environment in which students feel encouraged to test, extend and refine their poetic technique – an experience that is often exciting and sometimes uncomfortable but always rewarding.
The School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia has a long-established international reputation in literary studies. World famous for our pioneering courses in creative writing, we are also home to prize-winning scholars and translators of literature and drama from all periods.