A good honours degree (or equivalent), normally in a related subject. Applicants with professional experience are also encouraged to apply.
Non-Academic Conditions: Samples of written work required.
Portfolio and application requirements: We'll also ask you to supply a writing portfolio, consisting of 2,000 to 5,000 words of your recent writing. This will ideally include some fiction. You may choose to submit a single short story, an extract from a larger work such as a novel, or a collection of shorter pieces, such as a few poems, a segment of a feature-length screenplay, and a piece of flash fiction.
Months of entry
Hone your writing and expand your opportunities for publication. Our workshops will help you to develop your self-editing and refine your work using feedback from your peers and tutors. Get advice from our team of specialist lecturers, study classic and contemporary authors, and learn about the modern publishing industry.
If you’re a practising writer, this course will allow you to develop your craft in a supportive literary environment.
You’ll get the chance to work on your existing projects or try out something completely new, working across a range of styles and genres. Your first modules will focus on novels and short stories, while Special Topic and dissertation projects can range from drama and screenwriting to graphic novels and performance poetry*.
You’ll share your work with, and get invaluable feedback from, our experienced teaching team as well as your fellow students, giving you a unique perspective on how your work is read by different audiences.
All your writing will be supported by a close study of the most distinguished writers and works in each form. You’ll learn to reflect critically on other people’s writing, and through this discover new ways to understand and improve your own.
If you want to get published, you can get advice from our team of specialists, led by Laura Dietz, Una McCormack and Colette Paul, as well as our current Royal Literary Fund Fellows. We’ll introduce you to the writing industry through talks, masterclasses and networking opportunities with agents, publishers and established fiction writers. Our past tutors and speakers have included writers like Rebecca Stott, Toby Litt, Shelley Weiner, Martyn Waites, Julia Bell, Chris Beckett, Graham Joyce and Esther Freud.
- Patterns of Story: Fiction and Its Forms
- Master's Project in Creative Writing
- Workshop: The Novel
- Workshop: The Short Story
- Special Topic
- You can also take several optional modules from our MA Publishing or MA English Literature courses.
In addition to our Creative Writing and Publishing events series, the wider department organises many extra-curricular activities, like the annual 3-day trip to Stratford-upon-Avon theatre, poetry & writing evenings, and research symposia and conferences.
Information for international students
If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 7.0 overall (Academic level) with 7.0 in the writing component or equivalent English Language qualification as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
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