This intensive, one-to-one input, combined with the highly interactive workshop and seminar sessions, is a distinguishing feature of the course. In the first year, four assignments (two creative, two critical), one creative writing portfolio and one critical essay are submitted.
Work is set during each residence and handed in for assessment before the next meeting.
Feedback on work submitted is given during tutorials within the residence or retreat.
In the second year, submissions comprise one research placement report, one extended critical essay, and a final project – a substantial body of creative work in the genre of choice.
The research placement, a distinguishing feature of the course, provides between one and two weeks' in-house experience of writing in the real world.
The first year concentrates equally on prose fiction, poetry, dramatic writing and narrative non-fiction.
Interviews will be conducted in person or by telephone.
All applicants whose paper submissions indicate they are qualified for entry will generally be interviewed, either in person or by telephone/Skype. Interviews usually last up to approximately 30 minutes and provide an opportunity for the candidate to discuss his/her application and to explore the course in more detail.
Creative submissions in the first year must be in more than one genre.
In the second year, submitted work focuses around the genre of your choice.