The Distance Learning MA in Creative Writing

Since its inception in 1999, the distance learning MA has rapidly evolved into an international programme, linking students in the UK and overseas through virtual learning. The programme is mediated almost entirely by online tutorials and conferences, with a live Summer School at its mid-point. You will be a member of a cohort of 18-20 students, exchanging writing in a range of literary forms and critiquing it from different social and cultural perspectives. The programme at Lancaster is entirely student-centred and tutorials involve the close critiquing of student work.

One student commented on the July-August 2012 DLMA Summer School:

Superb. Way beyond expectations…Can honestly say that there has not been a single session that has been wasted or even below par. All highly relevant to my genre, my own project and my struggle to write competently. Stretching!!…Sense of being among expert tutor/writers. Prepared to take risks…Thank you.

Click here to read more about the 2012 Summer School and here to read about the 2013 Summer School.  See our 2013 Flickr slideshow and the Transcultural Writing YouTube channel for a short film, ‘Writing Without Borders’, made at the August 2011 Summer School.

Student comments on the Distance Learning MA in Creative Writing:

  • “As far as my writing is concerned, these have been the most valuable two years of my life.”
  • “I thoroughly enjoyed the course and believe it has helped me reach a point, which might have taken me years of trial-and-error to reach on my own.” “I was motivated to apply for this course primarily for career reasons…but have found it has completely reinvigorated my writing, and has, for me, been a wonderful experience.”
  • “The DLMA has enabled me develop my writing capabilities to a level I did not know I had.”

International Scholarships for the Distance Learning MA in Creative Writing

Between 2009 and 2011, we were able to offer four International Scholarships (worth £8,000 over two years) to applicants who needed assistance in financing their studies and who were resident outside the EU. This was a very successful initiative: two of our scholarship candidates have completed the programme with excellent results, and two more are due to graduate in 2012.  Because of financial pressures, the University has had to suspend the scholarship programme, but bursary funding is currently available for a small number of students each year.

What Our Students Say

  • “The Creative Writing PhD at Lancaster has offered me a fantastic opportunity to explore the craft and context of my writing in depth. The apotheosis of Graham Mort’s excellent supervision is not only the fact that I am now published, but that his influence is continuing to shape my my new creative work.”

    Ray Robinson, PhD 2006, shortlisted for James Tait Black Memorial Prize
  • “The process at Lancaster goes way beyond the bounds of honing something into commercial acceptability. Many were the times I thought the job was complete only to be told to dig deeper, to go further. Without the PhD process, the novel would not have become the completed whole I now feel it to be.”

    Professor Martin Goodman, PhD 2007, prize-winning author and Director of the Philip Larkin Centre
  • “I wanted to be part of a community of writers from around the world. Lancaster University is fulfilling this… I have learned so much this week about the challenges, hopes and dreams facing the Nigerian and Ugandan students. I will take their aspirations and poetry back to my country to share.”

    Student, DLMA Summer School 2011
  • “The fact that students come from such diverse countries enriched the week greatly…I am going away with the perspectives of so many different people and some concrete ideas for my work, to do with creating other worlds and voices.”

    Student, DLMA Summer School 2010