MA Writing for Children Postgraduate

MA Writing for Children
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MA Writing for Children
The MA Writing for Children is one
and craft of writing for children as a feature
of only a handful of programmes to
of a particular cultural and commercial
concentrate solely on creative writing
environment. No particular profession is
for children, and the University has
targeted and recruitment from diverse
long been considered a leading light in
backgrounds has enriched the programme’s
Entry requirements: Normally a
this field of creative study. Children’s
first or second class Honours degree or
literature is an art form in its own right
professional experience in the area of
and Winchester gives it the recognition it
Candidates for the programme normally
richly deserves.
possess a relevant first degree and/or a
Full-time: 12 months
portfolio of recent writing for children
Part-time: 2 years
Taught by professional writers of
or evidence of recent and regular
novels, picture books, poetry, songs and
performance for children, for example
This programme is delivered at:
nonfiction with academic backgrounds
storytelling, writing, performing or other
and supported by guest appearances from
appropriate vocational experience. Where
published authors, editors and agents,
the vocational experience is demonstrably
If English is not your first language:
the programme seeks to move students
of sufficient merit, it may constitute
IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic
progressively through a structured series
grounds in itself for admission to the
writing) or a TOEFL score of 575 (paper-
of writing assignments and exercises which
programme. Such evidence is considered
based) or 232 (computer-based) or
will enable them to come to terms with the
by the Programme Director and a report
specific complexities of writing for children.
is presented to the school APEL Board for
Start dates: September
The underlying rationale behind the MA
Application process: Direct Entry
is to hone writing skills, help students
understand the needs of child readers and
Application Form or via UKPASS (full-
develop scope and range.
The degree usually takes one year to
time applicants only)
complete full-time and at least two
years to complete part-time. Students
The Writing for Children programme has
register for a minimum of 12 months.
a wide appeal to those interested in the
The maximum period of registration
practice of writing for its own sake, pursued
is normally 5 years. It is possible for
within a disciplined academic context, and
students to negotiate a break in their
to those particularly interested in the art
studies taking into account the maximum
MA Writing for Children
period of registration, in accordance
modules from other relevant MAs such as
with the University’s Common Academic
the MA Creative and Critical Writing.
Regulations for Taught-Course Masters
Fiction for Children (core)
This introductory module examines a
Programme content
range of techniques, genres and voices
The MA Writing for Children offers students
and addresses the question of audience
the opportunity to develop creative work,
in fiction for children aged 8+ up to, and
experiment with new forms and ideas, give
including teenage and Young Adult fiction.
and receive critical feedback in a supportive
environment and reflect on the writing
Writing for Early Years
process. It also encourages students to
This module addresses one of the most
The Publishing Project (core)
discuss the work of established writers,
innovative and demanding genres in
This module explores the modern world of
examine current audiences and markets
writing for children, that is, picture books
publishing by requiring students to develop
and consider the theoretical, social and
and image-based texts for children up to
their own publishing project, and prepare
cultural contexts for contemporary writing
the age of seven.
this with a view to either publication or
for children.
submission. The module relies upon each
The Writer as Researcher
student exploring a variety of forms of
Most of the teaching is carried out through
This module is designed to deepen
dissemination, from more orthodox book
evening seminars/workshops of three hours’
students’ own creative writing through
and journal publication to electronic/web
duration (6-9pm), though some of the tutor
an individual research project on a
publishing. Seminars are stimulated by
contact takes place in the afternoons. Every
relevant theme such as language, place or
a series of guest speakers who are newly
opportunity is given to students to discuss
experience within the cultural and social
published authors, or agents or editors.
their own writing.
context of contemporary childhood.
Fantastic Fiction
Programme diagram
Full-time mode
Each student takes five taught modules,
This module allows students to investigate
Semester 1
two of which are core modules, followed by
non-realist writing, including the fantasy
• Fiction for Children
a period of supervised Independent Study
genre, fairy tales, myths and legends, science
• The Writer as Researcher
leading to the dissertation. Students may
fiction, historical fiction, horror and non-
Semester 2
exchange up to two non-core modules with
mainstream fiction for children aged 8-16.
• Writing for Early Years
MA Writing for Children
• Fantastic Fiction
a dissertation of 15-20,000 words. The
• The Publishing Project
dissertation can be a creative piece or
pieces of work, supported by a 3000-
Part-time mode
word critical rationale, or it can be a
Semester 1
critical piece in its entirety. Students work
• Fiction for Children
independently and meet regularly with
Semester 2
their supervisor for feedback and support.
• Writing for Early Years
• The Writer as Researcher
Career and research
Semester 4
Writing well for children is a skill that
• Fantastic Fiction
can enhance lifelong learning and
Walker Books, Andersen Press, Ginn,
• The Publishing Project
personal development as well as assisting
Heinemann and OUP. Others have worked
as storytellers, or developed their skills as
Semester 3
teachers and librarians.
Individual modules are assessed by a
Students are encouraged to participate
combination of critical and creative work
in visits to publishers, sessions with a
Some students may also continue to
submitted at the end of each module.
range of visiting speakers, competitions,
develop their creative and critical writing at
Students are required to pass each
visits to local schools and bookshops and
postgraduate level by registering for a PhD.
module in order to progress. However, the
to submit work to the University’s own
outcome of the MA rests primarily with the
student writing magazine, VORTEX. The
Teaching team
Independent Study.
city of Winchester also plays host to the
The core teaching team members are:
internationally-renowned Winchester
Judith Heneghan (Programme Leader),
Independent Study
Writers’ Conference and the Wessex
Professor Andrew Melrose, Judy Waite and
When the taught modules are
Children’s Book Festival, presenting
Carole Burns. All are published writers. For
successfully completed, students submit
further opportunities for students to make
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an Independent Study Proposal after
contacts and engage in writerly activities
consultation with tutors. Students then
beyond the MA programme. A significant
embark on a period of Independent Study,
number of Winchester graduates have
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usually between 4 months and 2 years in
been published by major publishers
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