Rhodes University's MA programme in Creative Writing is committed to innovative work that expands the possibilities of writing. It is open to students working in all forms of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and playwriting, and welcomes writing that challenges the boundaries of existing genres and literary modes, including flash fiction, prose poetry, and genre fiction (such as science fiction, fantasy, crime writing etc).
At once critical and creative, the programme emphasises the essential relationship between reading and writing, in order to produce work that situates itself within a larger history and culture. To this end it has gathered one of the best collections of contemporary world literature to be found in South Africa (housed in the Rhodes University Library).
The teachers, all of whom are practising writers, include Joan Metelerkamp, Mxolisi Nyezwa, Kgebetli Moele, Paul Wessels, Anton Krueger, Ingrid Winterbach, Rian Malan, Hazel Crampton, Paul Mason, Eben Venter, Vonani Bila, Mpumi Cilibe, Stacy Hardy and Robert Berold.
Students also have the opportunity to interact with the Mellon Writers in Residence attached to the MACW and visiting writers and teachers from around the world. In addition, the programme features innovative literary community outreach sessions, an exciting student public reading series, special literary seminars, workshops and colloquiums and the production of an annual anthology of student writing.
The programme runs over one year for full time students based in Grahamstown and two years for part time students living elsewhere. The next part time intake is for 2016, with applications accepted during October 2015. For 2015, only full time applications are being accepted, with a closing date of 30 October 2014.
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