100% of students said that they were overall satisfied with learning support on this course, according to the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey, 2020
The programme offers you a range of tutor and peer-led opportunities to produce new writing and critically reflect on that practice. We focus on the expressive potential and persuasive power of language whilst encouraging you to critically explore texts and their relationship to the world.
The course will develop writing; be that in prose, poetry, life writing, creative non-fiction, script-writing or in combination or discussion across these forms. In addition, two industry-specific pathways have been developed to focus on employability in specific sectors:
- Creative Writing for Gaming focuses on script and narrative design in digital games.
- Creative Writing with Publishing allows students to work on the production of books by taking two modules from our successful and well-regarded MA Publishing.
The degree without a specialist pathway maintains a strong focus on employability. Everyone gets the opportunity to pitch their work one-to-one to a literary agent. Furthermore, all students receive advice and guidance from working writers who will take you through contracts and tax, the business of publishing and how to run a workshop.
The course gives all students the opportunity to undertake arranged work experience in the arts or in communication. Graduates leave this MA with a portfolio of their own writing, prepared for a career as arts professionals (including but not limited to publication) and progression to doctoral level study.
In 2019/20, students had talks from twenty guest speakers and were able to participate in five writing retreats, each with a guest sharing their approaches to writing and publishing. Our students have learnt from poets and novelists, literary agents and Hollywood scriptwriters. In recent years we have had Dan Abnett, Meg Clothier, Sarah Dunnakey, Tom James, Momtaza Mehri, Natalie Olah, JT Welsch and James Wills.