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Creative Writing, MA, University of Nottingham

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University of Nottingham

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About Creative Writing, MA - at University of Nottingham

The School of English, renowned for its excellence in research and teaching, offers a masters in creative writing led by published authors and poets.

The MA in Creative Writing brings together creative and critical practices, exploring the writing process within the contexts of publication and professional writing.

Students benefit from:

  • workshops in poetry and fiction led by prizewinning writers Matthew Welton and Thomas Legendre
  • publication sessions with Writer in Residence, Jon McGregor, winner of the 2013 East Midlands Book Award, 2012 IMPAC Dublin Award and Booker-longlisted author of If nobody speaks of remarkable things
  • lunchtime readings by students
  • guest sessions with Honorary Lecturers, novelist Alison Moore and poet Ruth Fainlight, and other visiting writers and publishers
  • student placements within the new high-profile literary journal based in the School of English: The Letters Page
  • The School was ranked 7th for English in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015 and 9th in the UK for 'research power' (REF 2014).

Submission of Written Work

Applicants to the MA in Creative Writing will be asked to submit an example of their written work.

The first stage of the application process is to submit your application, which you can do online.

Applicants who are asked to provide written work will then be contacted by the University, with full details of how to submit their written work.

The Masters in Creative Writing welcomes writers of poetry, fiction, or a combination of the two. In reading the writing samples, we are looking for work that indicates that its author would be able to succeed on the course. There is no restriction on the subject matter of the writing sample. We only require that it is your own work.

Applicants will be asked for EITHER:

No more than 3000 words of prose fiction (this could be one story, a group of stories, or an extract from a longer piece)


5 poems

Entry requirements

IELTS: 7.0 (with no less than 6.0 in any element). 

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