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MA Creative Writing part 1

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  • Points: 60
  • Code: A802
  • Level: Postgraduate
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Student reviews

I have enjoyed OU study until this module, which I found to be a lonely one with no tutor feedback on the writing submitted to the weekly activities.

Each week you offer up your own work for critique (often bland or non-existant) by other students and your critique of their work, but never find out what a professional/tutor's opinion is on anything posted, so never feel any the wiser, or know if what you thought / have written as critique is on the right lines.

Other MAs offer such tutor involvement and directed collective discussions as a matter of course, and I expected it here.

Tutors just comment on your 3 graded assignments. My tutor's feedback was excellent, but not everyone was happy with their tutor, who is your one and only contact with the OU creative writing teaching staff.

Overall, I was very disappointed with this course and felt demotivated. I do not think it is worth the money.

I still want to continue with my MA in creative writing, but wish I had chosen to do it elsewhere.

Course starting: October 2018

Review posted: September 2019

Faculty response

It’s true to say that there are no collective tutorials on this wholly online module, with feedback mainly distributed through forum interaction and via detailed feedback on assessment. However, we do provide a wide range of tutor-moderated forums, in addition to the tutor group, where students can interact with peers and contributions are moderated by tutors with a specialism in one of the four taught genres on the course.

On both modules in this masters degree, we periodically enrich this level of interaction by offering week-long forums hosted by visiting publishing industry professionals and central OU module team members.

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