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MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes

Bristol

Programme Leader: Claire Williamson

Validated by Middlesex University

Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes (CWTP) is a growing field of research and practice. This course aims to prepare students for the challenges and demands of working in the field of CWTP. The core values of the course are humanistic and person-centred, emphasising people’s potential for growth, change and movement in a positive direction in their lives.

A Bristol based course offering the option of a one year part-time non-clinical PGCert, or non-clinical PGDip on completion of a further part-time year. Participants then have the option to complete a research dissertation and obtain the MSc award

Time commitment: The programme is taught over 10 weekends per academic year, in each of the first two years. Participants may choose to undertake a research project in Year Three.

This course requires applicants to submit 12 sides of their creative writing.

The course is attractive to two groups of people:

  • Those with an interest in literature and how it may be used to assist those experiencing life problems, or seeking personal development.
  • Those currently working, or aiming to work in the helping professions, who seek a comprehensive training to prepare them for working in the field of CWTP.

Course Philosophy 

There is a strong emphasis on creating opportunities for participants to develop the personal qualities that becoming a facilitator of CWTP demands. The MSc draws on the range of current literature on theory and practice in both creative writing for therapeutic purposes and in counselling. It is open to theory and practice from other established creative and therapeutic disciplines, as well as ethical and philosophical viewpoints and practices that support creative and therapeutic processes.

Underpinning the practice of CWTP is a rapid growth of theory and research. The course offers students opportunities to engage with this literature in ways that foster their critical abilities and helps them to find their own voice on major issues. The course enables students to explore this field, building upon their prior knowledge and skills gained from a relevant first degree and/or experience, with a strong emphasis on the integration of theory and practice. It comprises theoretical study, experiential learning, group work, practical skills training, peer supervision experience, and creative and personal development. 

Experienced CWTP practitioners can apply to enter the course in Year Two via Accredited Prior Learning.

To find out what our students say about the course: click here.

For further details on the MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes, please see the document below. 

If you have any queries about any administrative aspect of your application please contact Mandy on 020 8579 2505/020 8832 3073 (direct line) or e-mail mandy.kersey@metanoia.ac.uk

For academic related queries please contact Claire Williamson at info@clairewilliamson.co.uk

Lapidus is the official UK organisation providing networks and information for people interested in writing and creativity for personal development and in working with others - to find out more information please visit their website by clicking here

This programme was developed and is delivered and assessed by Metanoia Institute awarded by and quality assured by Middlesex University.