The Creative Writing Magazine - EN901

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
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'The Magazine in Creative Writing' contributes to the poetry and prose strands of the MA in Creative Writing. The objective of ‘The Magazine in Creative Writing’ is to give students as close an experience as possible of what it might be like to publish a magazine of creative writing, and to produce a magazine, which is open to all postgraduate and undergraduate students at the University of Kent to contribute to each academic year. Students taking the module will be grouped into editorial teams of 6 and assigned production tasks as seem appropriate. And assessment will be based on their creative work; an essay about magazine publishing; reflective work on My Folio; and their contribution to an assigned role for magazine production. We will look at little magazine and literary magazine publication through the Twentieth Century to the present day. Students will be encouraged to work to a standard of professional publishing. This module aims to enable students to develop their practice of writing through both the study of a range of contemporary examples and practices, and constructive feedback on their own work. Each week, students will be exposed to a wide range of instances of exemplary, contemporary work (as suggested by the indicative reading list). They will be encouraged to read as writers and think like magazine editors, to apply appropriate writing and production techniques to their own practice and to experiment with voice, form and content. The approach to the exemplary texts will be technical and historical. At every point in the module, priority will be given to students’ own development as writers. It is an assumption of the module that students will already have a basic competence in the writing of poetry and prose, including a grasp of essential craft and techniques. The purpose of this module will be to stimulate students towards further development of, and to hone their already emerging voices and styles through engaging with various literary texts, raising an awareness of publishing practice historically, and contemporary new technologies.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

10 weekly 2-hour seminars and workshops

Method of assessment

Students will submit a portfolio of creative work, and assessment will be on 30% creative work; 30% essay about some aspect of magazine publishing; 20% reflective work on My Folio; 20% contribution to an assigned role for magazine production.

Preliminary reading

BRINGHURST, ROBERT The Elements of Typographic Style: 4.0: 20th Anniversary Edition
FRAZER, TONY, Shearsman Magazine
FREEMAN, JOHN (ed.) Granta Magazine
GLOVER, JON (ed.) Stand Magazine
HAMILTON, IAN The Little Magazines: A Study of Six Editors

LOYDELL, RUPERT Stride Magazine

MILLER, DAVID & PRICE, RICHARD British Poetry Magazines 1914-2000: A History and Bibliography of Little Magazines

SMITH, A.M (foreword) Writers' and Artists’ Yearbook 2011

TURNER, B (2010) The Writers’ Handbook 2011

A selection of little magazines and online publications

Selected publications from the Special Collections in the Templeman Library

Blart Magazine
BLURB Publishers
LULU Publishers
LRB Archive
The Lyre
The Paris Review
'Poetry Magazines’ at the Poetry Library
Society of Authors

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

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