Dissertation: Creative Writing - EN997

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19
(version 2)
View Timetable
7 60 (30)
(version 2)
View Timetable
7 60 (30)


Successful completion of Stage 1 of the MA in Creative Writing, MA in Creative Writing (term in Paris), or MA in Creative Writing (Paris)





Since the module allows each student to pursue his or her own creative writing interests under guidance, the curriculum will vary according to students' interests and be flexible enough to accommodate their development.


This module appears in:

Method of assessment

The module will be assessed by the creative dissertation itself. All learning outcomes will be either visible directly in the qualities displayed by the student's writing, or indirectly in its organisation and structure, and in the scope of its development from the original 300-word outline.

The dissertation will be 12,000 words, or a pamphlet-sized (24 poem/pages) collection of poems or the equivalent and should testify to the advanced creative writing skills, awareness and self-motivation appropriate to a graduating MA student in writing.

Indicative reading

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

Students who complete the module successfully will have:

continued to develop their skills and understanding of creative writing in a sustained piece of work;

tested their high-level conceptual, structural and expressive creative writing skills in a piece of work long enough to give a flavour of wider expectations and a real publishing environment;

gained a deeper and realistic understanding of the likely future direction and present achievements of their creative work;

attained independence and begun to take responsibility for the development of their own writing.

The module will extend students' capacity for independent creative work. At the end of it they will have acquired:

capacity to generate and complete sustained imaginative projects and research;

critical, analytical and problem-solving skills as they relate to a larger structural entity;

increased sensitivity to the power and appropriateness of the written word in a more complex context;

advanced communicative and interpretative skills;

increased confidence and the ability to work independently from an original idea.

University of Kent makes every effort to ensure that module information is accurate for the relevant academic session and to provide educational services as described. However, courses, services and other matters may be subject to change. Please read our full disclaimer.