Research Methods in Creative Writing

Module code: EN7040

On this module, which introduces the MA in Creative Writing, you will explore some of the key aspects of research in relation to the subject. The module aims to lay the groundwork for the rest of the programme. You will be introduced to key issues in the research and theory of the subject at an advanced level.

Research is a key aspect of writing at all levels: writing is a form of engagement with the world, and research helps you understand that world, and hence represent it more accurately in your writing. The module will explore many different aspects of research in Creative Writing, including theories of Creative Writing research; archival research; historical research; place-based research; and Creative Writing's relationship with other subjects and art-forms. Though there is a strong theoretical side to the module, you will be encouraged throughout to relate theory to practice: that is, you will be writing throughout the module, exploring theories and ideas through creative practice.

Teaching methods may include workshops, seminars, mini-lectures, an external visit and individual tutorials. Assessment is by a summative assignment. This consists of a piece of Creative Writing based on original research, accompanied by an essay about the research process (60%/40%).


  • 20 hours of seminars
  • 280 hours of guided independent study


  • Creative Writing based on original research, 3,000 words of prose or 7-9 pages of poetry/scripts (60%)
  • Essay, 2,000 words (40%)