Creative Writing and Publishing (MA)

the United Kingdom

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The award
MA

How long you will study
12 - 24 Months

Domestic course fees
GBP 9200 per year

How you will study
full-time, part-time

Course starts
January, September

International course fees
GBP 14500 per year

All study options

About Creative Writing and Publishing at Anglia Ruskin University ARU

Whether you want to join the traditional publishing industry, establish your own small press or set up a single-author imprint for your own novels, this fully-customisable course will prepare you for work in these increasingly entwined growth industries.

Our MA Creative Writing course has been taken by many successful published writers (.pdf), including Costa Short Story winner Caroline Ward Vine, Penny Hancock, and Kaddy Benyon.

Study on the only Creative Writing and Publishing course in the Eastern region.

Customise the course to suit your personal or professional ambitions.

Get valuable feedback on your writing from other students as well as lecturers.

Gain key insights to publishing practice and international / digital rights.

Benefit from our industry connections, with talks, workshops and other events featuring leading figures in writing and publishing.

Attend our publishing short courses for a discounted fee (when available).

Modern publishing takes place in many different sectors, from the traditional literary press to the digital frontiers of app development and game design. Authors are no longer insulated from business concerns - even 'Big 5' publishers expect authors to build their own platforms and audiences, manage their own social media, interpret sales and negotiate an increasingly complex range of international and digital rights.

Our MA Creative Writing and Publishing will allow you to develop your own fiction writing in a supportive environment while giving you a systematic and detailed understanding of the changing nature of publishing organisations and their processes in a global digital environment.

In our Creative Writing workshops, you will get feedback on your writing from other students as well as from our experienced teaching team, giving you a unique perspective on how your work is read by different audiences.

You will take one core module, Readers and Reading Practices, where you will discover key theories and apply them to the writing and publication of creative works. Supported by your personal tutor, you will design your path through the MA syllabus yourself from our optional modules, based on the particular future you have in mind.

The customisation does not stop with module choice. Each module on our MA will give you space for self-directed learning and choice in terms of project work and individual research. You will select the topics of most relevance to you and your future career.

Throughout the course, you can get advice and support from our team of specialists, including many published fiction writers. Our Royal Literary Fund Fellows will also give you feedback on your writing, as well as advice on publishing.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-time, Part-timeHow long you will study12 - 24 months
    Course startsJanuary, SeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9200 per yearInternational course feesGBP 14500 per year

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

For information on entry requirements for international students, please visit the entry qualifications for your country page.

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    Yang Qinlin, studying the MA Illustration and Book Arts

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    "The UK has a long and distinguished history of art and design. At the same time, it has a lot of modern and avant-garde academic and industry knowledge and experience. This deeply attracted me to study in the UK and apply to the MA Illustration and Book Arts course at the Cambridge School of Art with its 160-year history. It is a very forward-looking subject, combining new technologies, traditional skills and art theories.

    I hope to improve my creative thinking, illustration skills and understanding of book art through the course. I would like to interpret traditional culture and show the world we live in by applying creativity and new techniques.

    I started the autumm trimester online due to the travel situation and am going to Cambridge in January. The MA course is very interesting but challenging at the same time. There are both theoretical and practical modules, such as Sequence and Series. I have to do a lot of academic reading with new academic terms.

    My tutors are very helpful and encouraging. After a few weeks of study, I can clearly see my own progress and achievements, in academic English reading as well as the understanding of theoretical concepts. I have tried to read extensively, including journal articles and art books."

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    "I joined ARU two and half years ago and I made it my mission to get involved in everything I could.

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    Because ARU is such a vibrant environment, it was easy to get involved with more and I soon became a Student Ambassador, working during Open Days. Working closely with ARU’s staff made me feel so supported and encouraged that I even found the courage to challenge myself and deliver student life talks for the university and co-deliver welcome talks with faculty staff.

    I was also a course rep, which has now led me to represent the whole faculty. This is excellent for my CV as well making sure our students' voices are heard.

    All of these opportunities have built up and helped me believe in myself, in my abilities and, most importantly, boost my confidence. Of course, they are excellent for professional progression and my CV, too."

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    Moving to a foreign country for me was extremely challenging, but right now, I am proud of my decision. I am from Lithuania, and my trip started from there. It was not easy to say goodbye to my family, friends and hobbies, but it was a new beginning in my life.

    The first day at university was scary, but at the same time, exciting. I didn't know anyone, and I was not very confident about my English level. Freshers’ Week helped me to meet new people, understand what I should expect from life in the UK and find new activities which I would do for the entire year. Day by day I started to make more connections and friends who became a part of my life at ARU.

    I spent the first month adapting to my new beginning. I had to buy lots of stuff for my room and kitchen. Moreover, I started to explore the city which would be my home for three years. Also, I met my tutors for the first time, and I started to get acquainted with the UK study system. At the beginning, for me, understanding the British accent was most challenging. I started to worry: could I do this? I was shy to ask or to say anything during class, even when I knew the right answer.

    After a few weeks, things started to get better. I started to understand my tutor better and get involved in the class. Finally, I had to comprehend that it was my new life and it was set to be a unique and unforgettable experience.

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