MA in Creative Writing
Our MA in Creative Writing is one of the UK's leading creative writing programmes. Available as a one-year, full-time programme or part-time over two years, it is taught by six permanent tutors and open to just thirty six students.
The MA is taught by a dedicated staff of publishing writers currently including Jeanette Winterson, M.J. Hyland, Vona Groarke, Geoff Ryman, Ian McGuire and John McAuliffe (for more information on our tutors visit the Staff section of the website). They offer consultation and advice throughout the year in both group and individual sessions.
The MA consists of strands in fiction (novel-writing and the short story) and poetry, both of which are focused on practice. Each strand is punctuated by two-hour weekly workshops, where the work-in-progress of two or three students is discussed. The other compulsory elements of the course are weekly seminars on fiction or poetry. Over the summer students must also complete a dissertation of at least 15,000 words of prose, or an equivalent amount of poetry.
During the second semester the course hosts regular visits from editors and literary agents.
Our successful Literature Live series, featuring readings and workshops or Q&As with leading writers, is integral to the course. We have recently hosted visits from such leading writers as Alan Hollinghurst, Ali Smith, Lavinia Greenlaw and Sean O'Brien.
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