Taught course

Creative Writing: First Novel

Institution
St Mary's University, Twickenham, London · St Mary's University, Twickenham, London
Qualifications
MAPGDipPGCert

Entry requirements

A good first degree and strong sample submission are the only requirements for entry. However, the individual journey that you want to take is important, and so that we can meet expectations, candidates will be selected by interview and primarily on the strength of their work.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Our Creative Writing: First Novel Master's degree works with a very small cohort. This means you'll receive one-to-one tuition on a far more regular basis compared to many other Creative Writing postgraduate courses. Here, you will be personally guided through the journey of your first draft, rather than being another student at the back of a large class. No short stories, no poetry, no screenplay, just your novel. Your novel deserves a tutor that understands all - not just some of its parts - and you deserve a tutor who will coach not just the first draft of your novel, but also the development of your creative process.

Our tutors are practising writers, and have between them written best-selling novels and won major literary awards. Drawing on our connections with the industry you'll also have seminars with some of the most sought-after agents and publishers in London. When you have finished the degree, you can choose to continue workshopping and drafting with the dedicated cohorts we establish every year. We are passionate about our craft and about your craft too. That's why our first PhD student in Creative Writing struck a major two-book deal with Canongate and sales in multiple foreign territories.

Current students are receiving visits from high profile industry experts from the publishing world throughout this semester. These include visits, Q&As and masterclasses from Conville and Walsh, Canongate, Bookouture, Janklow and Nesbit, Little Brown, Corsair and Atom and Picador, and pitching opportunities to top agents and publishers: Hellie Ogden, Jo Unwin, Francesca Main, James Gurbutt, Natalie Butlin, Jessie Botterill, Sophie Lambert.

Information for international students

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. English language requirements also apply.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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For information about fees - along with information about financing your studies - please check the Fees & Funding section of our website.

Qualification and course duration

MA

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

PGDip

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

PGCert

part time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Jonathan Gibbs
Email
jonathan.gibbs@stmarys.ac.uk
Phone
0208 240 4380