School of Humanities

Regional Writing

MA Full-time 1 year

Are you a writer interested in exploring regional identities? Have you a writing project idea that focuses upon the relationship between people, place, and the histories of the landscape? Perhaps you are interested in digital regions, mapping regions of the body, how notions of regionality apply to gender, to technology, to time and space.

Are you a writer interested in exploring regional identities? Have you a writing project idea that focuses upon the relationship between people, place, and the histories of the landscape? Perhaps you are interested in digital regions, mapping regions of the body, how notions of regionality apply to gender, to technology, to time and space.

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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022
  • Award MA
  • Study Mode Full-time
  • Course Length Full-time (1 year)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School School of Humanities

Why choose this course?

Are you a writer interested in exploring regional identities? Have you a writing project idea that focuses upon the relationship between people, place, and the histories of the landscape? Perhaps you are interested in digital regions, mapping regions of the body, how notions of regionality apply to gender, to technology, to time and space. Regional writing can be as much about your local area as it can a global environment, a cultural pocket, or a rural enclosure. It might even be other-worldly and set in the future. This taught MA will help you realise your creative ambitions to reflect and represent the stories significant to you. Perhaps you wish to retell the stories associated with a specific place or to reimagine lives confined by borders. The main aim is for you to develop the skills to compose creative work in a variety of forms and mediums, and to understand why we, as writers, should keep celebrating the regional and the regional voice.

This programme will feature 2 semester long modules, group project work with an external partner assisting in their regional agenda, a symposium that you will help to organise and culminating in a dissertation project. You will be expected to produce written materials for weekly workshop and provide critical feedback upon your peers, sometimes in response to lecture and seminar content. All practice will be underpinned by an exploration of your creative process, the techniques and devices employed, and you will be encouraged to keep a writer’s journal as a personal trajectory and ongoing evaluation of your work.

You will be taught by practising writers with national reputations in regional writing who are passionate about nurturing new and underrepresented voices, alongside guest authors and industry experts. We will encourage you to reach publishable standard with your work, whilst alerting you to the various career pathways available to you upon graduation.

What happens on the course?

You will be engaged in weekly seminars and weekly workshops where your individual practice might be in response to seminar and lecture content. We will focus upon a specific subject/topic each week, providing you with ideas and prompts for your own practice. Some weeks will feature guest speaks and set texts where the regional subject is paramount, and you will be actively encouraged to experiment with form and medium, equipping you with a multitude of written, communication and interpersonal skills as relevant to the creative industries.

In semester 1, teaching and practice will focus upon ‘Understanding Regionality’. We will explore what we mean about the term; what regional literature currently exists. We will then extend our enquiries into ideas of space – known and unknown; urban and rural – and how we might excavate the stories from our pasts to be relevant now. We will explore matters of ancestry and mobility, gendered binaries, and historic traditions, and how to tap into those unlooked-for regions that exist beneath the surface of our world. Alongside, you will have the opportunity to work with an external partner on a creative output to support their own regional agenda. This work, alongside your own creative outputs, will be presented at a postgraduate symposium organised specifically to showcase your research and practice at the end of semester 2.

In our second semester we will explore ‘Lives within the Region’. The first half of this module will be dedicated to the examination of existing theories in autogeography and psychogeography in context of gender, class, and sexuality. We will also explore the semantic structures associated with specific regions and the use of dialect. The second half will focus upon regional and Geo-poetics and the transient digital regions of cyberculture. Alongside, you will be actively involved in the organisation of the end of semester symposium, gaining vital experience in marketing, publicity, presentation, and programming.

Semester 3 will be dedicated to the completion of your final dissertation submission.  

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Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

  • Exemplary written skills to publishable standard
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Research skills
  • Event management experience
  • Working collaboratively
  • Working to client brief
  • Writing to deadline
  • Writing in various mediums and forms
  • Time management

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £7995 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £14450 per year 2022-23

These fees relate to new entrants only for the academic year indicated for entry onto the course, any subsequent years study may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

Students should have a good honours BA Honours Degree (2:2 or above), normally with at least half of that Award in English. Applicants who do not hold a 2:2 or a relevant subject may be required to submit a written sample and attend an interview.>p>

International students will need IELTS with an overall band score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each element.

Postgraduate Loan (Home Fee Status):

You may be able to get a postgraduate student loan from Student Finance England of up to £11,570 to help pay for a Master’s degree. Applications are made through Student Finance England and more information on the regulations and eligibility criteria can be found at Masters Loans gov.uk.

* Any RPL will invalidate your eligibility as you must study a minimum of 180 credits


Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as Overseas (International) students for fee purposes. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


Postgraduate Loyalty Discount:

You can get 20% discount on a taught on-site postgraduate course if you’re a University of Wolverhampton Graduate.

The University offers a generous 20% Loyalty Discount to students progressing from an undergraduate programme to a taught postgraduate programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree as long as this is your first Masters level qualification.

The discount applies to the first year of enrolment only. Students who receive a loyalty discount are not entitled to any further tuition discount or bursary. For full terms and conditions click here.


Self-funded:

If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found by clicking here.


Sponsored - Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

Your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.


Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


Charitable Funding:

You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites Association of Charitable Foundations, Directory of Social Change or Family Action. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.


You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.

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