Creative Writing, M.A.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    14000
    Tuition (Year)
    7000
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language

About

This course will help you to bring a novel, book of poems, book of short stories or work of non-fiction as near to publishable quality as possible.

Working with tutors and other writers on the course, you’ll develop your writing and build up a substantial body of work. Weekly workshops are taught by a strong team of published writers, and there are regular visits by literary agents, publishers, magazine editors and broadcasters, as well as other writers.

  • Excellent record of helping students achieve publication.
  • Widely regarded as one of the best courses of its kind.
  • Taught by an extremely strong team of publishing writers.

Past students have:

  • Been awarded excellent contracts for novels;
  • Been long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, Orange Prize, Costa Prize and the Guardian First Book Award;
  • Received the Betty Trask Prize, Manchester Book Award and a W.H. Smith New Talent Award; and
  • Reached the best-seller lists.

Programme Structure

Workshops

The first workshop module, ‘Professional Skills’, taken in trimester one, provides intensive group discussion and some plenary lectures. You’ll bring short pieces of writing to workshop groups consisting of a tutor and not more than seven other students. There are separate groups for prose and poetry. You’ll submit a manuscript proposal halfway through the module. In trimester two, you’ll take a second workshop module in either prose or poetry.

Context

Each context module explores connections between your creative writing and the wider world as represented by a theme or genre. Seminars are divided between considering set texts and workshopping your creative writing. The set texts are examined from the point of view of practical lessons that the writer can learn. You’ll take a context module in trimester one and another in trimester two.

Manuscript

In trimester three, you’ll take ‘The Manuscript’, taught by means of one-to-one tutorials. This is the culmination of the course – the book, or substantial part of a book.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C): 180

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

We offer places on the course on the basis of your portfolio of creative writing and an interview, which for overseas applicants may be by telephone or Skype. We are looking for writers of prose fiction (any genre), poetry or literary non-fiction whom we consider to have the potential to publish their work in the near future.

The portfolio you provide should consist of no more than twenty pages of prose fiction, poetry or literary non-fiction, or a combination of these. It is most helpful if the portfolio includes the kind of writing you wish to develop on the course.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 14000 International
  • GBP 7000 EU/EEA

Funding

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.