Taught course

Creative Writing and Publishing

Institution
Bournemouth University · Faculty of Media and Communication
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

A Bachelor Honours degree, 2:1 or above or equivalent in a relevant subject, in addition to a short portfolio of two different pieces of written work. An interview may be required.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This forward thinking and industry-relevant MA offers creative writers the opportunity to not only develop advanced writing skills, but also a solid understanding of the different ways in which writers can now engage with the publishing industry.

Offering both full-time and part-time routes, the MA equips you with the knowledge and skills to take your writing into the commercial marketplace in both print and digital formats. You will spend a semester working on your creative writing, with the option to study Interactive Fiction, as well as Fiction or Creative Non-fiction, and a second semester working as a publisher; learning and applying skills in editing, PR and marketing (including digital marketing), design, production, and budgeting. You will also analyse the cultural and critical influences on the writer and publishing industry, as well as your own practice, thus honing the skills, knowledge and understanding to progress to further research at doctoral level, if desired.

By the end of the course, graduates will be able to write creatively and effectively, to publishable standard, for a variety of different audiences and media. Central to the MA is the university’s own publishing press, Fresher Publishing, which provides you with the opportunity to work on real-life publishing projects. You can also engage with the university’s annual creative writing competitions: The Fresher Writing Prize for emerging voices in fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction; and the New Media Writing Prize for stories that integrate a variety of formats, platforms and digital media.

Tutors on the MA are not only experienced writers/practitioners, but have also acquired Masters degrees and/or doctorates in Creative Writing or English themselves, and thus are proven in their ability to teach, encourage and support you as you develop your work to Masters and, hopefully, publishable quality. Our academics are supported by prestigious guest tutors from the world of writing and publishing.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 7.0 (Academic) or above.

Fees and funding

UK students
£5,750
International students
£14,000

For fees and funding information, please visit www.bournemouth.ac.uk/pg-funding

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
askBU Enquiry Service
Email
prospects@bournemouth.ac.uk
Phone
+44(0)1202 961916