We will consider applications with an overall grade of 2:2 and above.
Months of entry
Our challenging, practice-based course offers you a unique approach to the practice of writing, emphasising innovation and experimentation in your work.
On our MA Creative Writing, you deepen your knowledge of literary tradition, exploring different modes and genres in order to develop your own creative and expressive written skills. You expand your use of creative writing techniques and improve your critical judgement of your own work.
Our course encourages you to develop your writing by stepping outside your comfort zone and discovering the different approaches to verbal art that are possible today. This will invigorate your own practice, whether you are writing psychogeography, plays, novels, stories or something else. You will choose from a variety of modules, covering topics such as:
- Development of a novel plan, from research and concept-development, to plotting, character, and structure
- Experimental language play of the Oulipo group across the short story, autobiography, cartoons, cookery and theatre
- Relating magic to writing and creativity, both in theory and in practice
- Psychogeography, writing about walking, place, landscape, history and the psychic environment
- Poetic practice across experimental writing in poetry from the performative to the visual
To help you hone your craft, we also host two Royal Literary Fund Fellows, professional writers on-hand to help you develop your writing on a one-to-one basis, and regularly host talks and readings by visiting writers.
Essex has nurtured a long tradition of distinguished authors whose work has shaped literature as we know it today, from past giants such as the American poets Robert Lowell and Ted Berrigan, to contemporary writers such as mythographer and novelist Dame Marina Warner, and Booker Prize winner Ben Okri.
This course is also available on a part-time basis.
Information for international students
Fees and funding
We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, visit our website at: www.essex.ac.uk.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Graduate Administrator
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