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How long you will study
Domestic course fees
GBP 6000 per year
How you will study
International course fees
GBP 8500 per year
The UK's only dedicated degree in narrative non-fiction writing.
Who is it for?
This master's programme is designed for those with an ambition to write within the range of non-fiction genres. Running over two years, it attracts students from a wide variety of backgrounds and ages, all of whom work closely within workshop and tutorial settings to produce a publishable work. The unifying factor for all writers on the programme is their intention to deliver their research or story through a narrative structure.
Our definition of narrative non-fiction includes biography, travel, history, life writing, true crime, sports and other forms of sustained and structured non-fiction storytelling. The Creative Writing (Non-Fiction) MA provides you with essential skills and a supportive and challenging environment in which to write a full-length work of narrative non-fiction. You will develop your research skills, experiment with different writing styles, reflect on your own and other writer's work and learn the essentials of the publishing industry.
Requirements and how to apply
You will normally have a UK honours degree (in any subject) or the overseas equivalent. But successful completion of a certificate course in creative writing, or a professional qualification, or relevant experience may also be acceptable.
You will need to submit 5,000 words of non-fiction and may need to attend an interview as part of the application process. (Overseas applicants may be interviewed by telephone.)
For students whose first language is not English an IELTS score of at least 7.0 is required (with 7.0 in the writing component).
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How to apply
The application process for 2018 is now open.
You can apply online and will be expected to submit the following:
Teaching and learning
The teaching, all by published authors, across the two years is front-end loaded in terms 1 and 2 with workshops, lectures and seminars held two evenings a week. Here you will extend your writing skills, your understanding of non-fiction genres and your awareness of creative possibilities. You will also analyse the work of leading writers and explore writing through a variety of exercises, encouraging you to experiment with new approaches.
All workshops are based around the students' own writing assignments which work towards the completion, or opening chapters, of a book. We also closely analyse published works of non-fiction, taking apart books to examine their style, structure and research methods.
Throughout the two years there are readings and workshops with visiting authors. In terms 3, 4, 5 and 6 you work principally on your own book project with the support of one-to-one tutorials.
In term 6 (the final term) the lectures and guest sessions focus on the publishing industry which will provide you with the knowledge to be placed with a literary agent. During the final term you will have the opportunity to read from your work in progress, to contribute to an anthology of writing and to submit a full draft of your book.
Terms 3,4,5 and 6
The MA creative writing non-fiction is proud of its track record in publishing with students from the programme winning publishing contracts every year.
Graduates have also gone on to work for media outlets and used their transferrable skills in a variety of professions including teaching, political campaigning and in the charity sector.100% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course
Notes about fees for this course
Full-time: £6,000 per year
Full-time: £8,500 per year
More about fees
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Find out more about the Creative Writing MA
Bridget O'Donnell and Peter Moore both had books published after completing City's Creative Writing Non-Fiction MA. Here they offer an insight into the joys and problems of writing non-fiction.
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