Creative Writing Prose (MA)
The Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA at UEA is the longest-running in the UK and has enjoyed unparalleled success in terms of the publications and prizes achieved by its alumni, as may be gleaned from the News, Alumni and Interview pages of our website. This continuing success means we are fortunate in being able to attract a great many strong applicants, which allows us to select our students not only for their ability, but for their potential to learn and to contribute to the learning of their fellow students. The greatest asset of the UEA MA is the cohesiveness and calibre of the students who come on the course.
How is the Prose Fiction MA structured? One year or two? How many terms?
The MA lasts for one year, full-time, and is organized over two semesters of 12 weeks, followed by a dissertation period of 6 weeks. The Autumn semester lasts from September to December, and the Spring semester from January to April. The dissertation period ends in June. The final piece of work is submitted in September at the start of the next academic year. The MA can be taken part-time over two years. Typically you would attend one workshop and one optional module in your first year, the same in your second year, and submit your dissertation at the end of your second year.
How is the Prose Fiction workshop organised?
There are currently two workshop groups of 12 students (in future years this may become three workshop groups of 10 students). Each group is assigned a tutor for the Autumn semester, and a different tutor for the Spring semester. Teaching styles vary, but typically three students each week will have their work discussed by the group. The work (2,000 - 5,000 words) is circulated a week in advance, and annotated copies are returned to the student at the end of the session. The emphasis is always on constructive criticism, and the expectation is that the group will gain as much from the discussion as the individual whose work is being discussed. Students should expect their writing to be workshopped six times over the course of the two semesters.
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.