MA/MFA Creative Writing
- specialist route in Place Writing and Life Writing
Creative Non-Fiction is an innovative Masters course which explores some of the most popular and dynamic genres in contemporary literary culture - including Life Writing and Place Writing.
‘Writers turn to the creative nonfiction genre because they feel passionately about a person, place, subject, or issue and have no interest in or intention of maintaining a balanced or objective tone or viewpoint. Writers turn to creative nonfiction because they have a true story to tell . . . ’
Lee Gutkind, The Art of Creative Nonfiction
Creative Non-Fiction is a new Masters course at Manchester Metropolitan University that explores the writing and reading of true stories. What is creative non-fiction? What is the relationship between creative non-fiction and fiction? How do we talk about facts in a post-truth world? Students will explore these questions, and many more, through reading of a diverse range of twentieth-century and twenty-first-century creative non-fiction texts. Building upon these literary contexts, students will then develop their own creative practice through workshops with leading writers based in the Manchester Writing School. Putting particular emphasis on Manchester Met’s overlapping research specialisms in Life Writing and Place Writing, the course will enable students to develop creative techniques and strategies for telling their own ‘compelling stories’ (Gutkind) about people and the world.
The course is taught by an experienced team of award-winning writers, including Andrew Biswell, Paul Evans, Rachel Lichtenstein, Helen Mort, Jean Sprackland, Michael Symmons Roberts and Monique Roffey as well as leading literary critics in the field, such as David Cooper. This course will encourage you to open up further thinking about place writing and life writing, developing your own creative skills through a blend of workshops and reading units.
If you enjoy reading and thinking about life writing and place writing and want to progress your own creative non-fiction, then this is the course for you. As well as our degree programmes, Manchester Metropolitan University hosts regular events and activities open to the public. For more information about what's coming up visit our events listings and for a flavour of what's on offer read about our Place Writing Festival on the aAh! (Arts and Humanities) student magazine blog
Read more about the MA (Master of Arts) and the MFA (Master of Fine Arts) in Creative Non-Fiction at Manchester Met.
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