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Transnational Writing

MRes

Postgraduate degree

    Key facts

    Award
    MRes Transnational Writing
    School
    College of Liberal Arts
    Campus or location
    Low residency
    Course length
    One year full-time.

    Entry requirements

    Admission to the course is based on a portfolio of creative writing, and our estimate of your commitment and potential as a writer and ability to benefit from the course.

    Together we can tell powerful new stories about the world. Join us and our partners: #culturematters.

    • This pioneering programme is hosted by ‘the leading creative writing course in the country’.
    • Our goal is to bring emerging writers and spoken word artists to the world stage.
    • We’ll connect you to publishers, festivals and international arts bodies to make culture matter.

    Transnational Writing sits within the subject area of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and within Bath Spa’s newly formed centre for Transnational Creativity. We’re a pioneer and leading provider in the teaching of creative writing. We’ve been recognised by the top consumer body in the UK as ‘the leading course in Creative Writing in the country’ (Which 2016).

    This exciting new field of creative inquiry develops the artist’s capacity to respond creatively to the world. The course brings together creative writing, spoken word and creative research. You’ll design your own research plan and produce a portfolio of creative writing or a spoken word performance.

    We’ll encourage you to conduct extensive fieldwork at home or abroad and you’ll be able to tap into our vibrant network of international partner organisations.

    The Master of Research in Transnational writing will prepare you for a PhD or career in the creative sector.

    “A Master of Research in Transnational Writing, encompassing writing practices across and between frontiers and creative research methods, such as cross-genre and cross-border collaborations, could not have arrived on the academic map at a more appropriate time.”

    Siân Dafydd, Wales Arts Review

    What you'll learn

    Overview

    The course introduces the concept of transnational research and creativity, exploring its application as a mode of cultural production. It considers engagement with other art forms, approaches to creative writing, fieldwork and a diverse contemporary context of international creative expression as the basis of research.

    Activities such as writing exercises, field trips, visiting tutors from our international partners and workshops will form the core of the first half of the programme. In the second part of the programme you’ll undertake an extended period of self-directed creative research, giving you the freedom to develop expertise in your own craft and to attempt the production of a substantial piece of creative work to a publishable standard.

    You’ll be able to take advantage of growing international network and can apply to take part in local and overseas residencies such as the ‘Writing China’ initiative.

    The Research and Development backbone of this MRes introduces a contemporary and transformed understanding of research and its possibilities for artistic practice. You’ll develop an original project that draws on and demonstrates one or more of these approaches, expanding the notion of practice as research (for example: spoken word, writing, performance, digital output, exhibition etc.)

    Course structure

    Module 1
    Use your own experience of people, places and environment as a source and inspiration for creative writing.

    This module sets the foundations for independent study and is designed to give you a real sense of what writing from experience in the field is about. It usually begins with an intensive residential week of outdoor and indoor workshops focusing on experiential writing; engagement in landscape, place and language; and representations of journeying, nature, culture and people. You can choose to specialise in Spoken Word or Creative Writing.

    Module 2
    Gain an overview of the key ideas and processes associated with transnational writing and research. You’ll prepare further for independent study and work on establishing a research plan for your six-month creative project.

    Employers and recruiters to PhD programmes are increasingly looking for students who have undertaken rigorous and innovative research-orientated training.

    Module 3
    Carry out a creative project, working closely with your supervisor. You can submit your project in a variety of formats. This includes a novel, collection of stories, a short film, scripts, poetry, a spoken word performance or an action-based portfolio.

    We encourage you to conduct extended studies in the field or abroad and to explore externally funded schemes, so you can take up a position as a writer, artist, producer or editor in residence. You’ll be able to take advantage of growing international network and can apply to take part in residencies such as the ‘Writing China’ GALA initiative.

    How will I be assessed?

    16,000 - 20,000 word portfolio submission (or the equivalent) of creative work of a transnational nature, a well as course-specific written and/or spoken-word assignments for chosen modules.

    How will I be taught?

    The course is low residency, with residential periods at Corsham Court campus.

    The learning process will involve a variety of forms of interaction, study and experience including master classes, workshops and creative labs. During workshops, tutors and students present core material with the expectation of lively interaction and designated group discussions.  

    The low-residential aspect of this MRes equally allows you the time and freedom to research your own points of transition, to write from place, between places and people, while fitting the requirements of the course around your life.

    You’ll be able to move between private-study, supported tutorials, workshops and a global community to construct your own writing and research pathways.

    Fees

    UK and EU students full time

    Course fees
    2017/18 entry £7,000
    2018/19 entry Published Jan 2018
    2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019

    International students full time

    Course fees
    2017/18 entry £13,500
    2018/19 entry Published Jan 2018
    2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019

    Interested in applying?

    What we look for in potential students

    Admission to the course is based on a portfolio of creative writing, and our estimate of your commitment and potential as a writer and ability to benefit from the course.

    How do I apply?

    Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

    Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

    Interview and portfolio guidance

    The portfolio should consist of one or more short pieces of creative writing submitted with the application form, such as two chapters of a novel or non-fiction, two short stories or the equivalent.

    Interviews (Skype) will be arranged if a candidate is being considered for a place on the course.

    Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
    Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
    Course leader: s.dafydd@bathspa.ac.uk

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