We take an innovative approach to the training and support of aspiring writers, driven by intellectual ambition and practical industry experience. There are four strands to the programme:
• pre-writing skills, concepts and technique for full-length narratives
• writing practice for first person stories and a range of options
• experimental, theoretical and personal development work
• regular one-to-one editorial mentoring
Uniquely, the course offers a dynamic range of cross-disciplinary options. Writing for graphic fiction, young adult audiences, screenwriting and interactive media are all available as specialisms, while our pioneering module in genre fiction covers crime, horror, fantasy and science fiction.
We host an exciting array of guest speakers every year, ranging from award-winning authors to high-profile industry experts. Visiting speakers in 2017 have included authors Victoria (V.E.) Schwab, Dhonielle Clayton and James Oswald, comics creators Emma Beeby and Will Morris, Nasty Women anthology editors Laura Jones and Heather McDaid from 404 Ink, agent Jenny Brown, and editor Simon Spanton.
Our approach to full-length narrative development trains you to deploy a range of unique and dynamic pre-writing techniques invented by our programme. This energetic combination of conceptual development and critical self-reflection aims to transform you into a technically adept, purposeful writer ready to make your mark.
The MA is a professionalising course that emphasises the publishing industry as a business, and includes sessions on approaching agents, marketing yourself and your work, and understanding publishing contracts. We also offer professional development strands in teaching and learning, community engagement, and publishing on digital platforms. This course is studied part-time for two years. With the support and guidance of our tutors you’ll develop an individualised programme of study that best suits you.
The course is taught by a team of industry professionals: Sam Boyce, a former literary agent; David Bishop, a successful working writer and former editor; and acclaimed science fiction and fantasy author Laura Lam. In addition to campus facilities, our students have access to the Writers’ Room, a private workspace with wi-fi, available evenings and weekends. It houses an exclusive library of 2,000 hand-picked books, DVDs and graphic novels, and is the venue for reading groups and social events.
• Writing Genre Fiction
• Writing YA Fiction
• Writing Graphic Fiction
• Writing Practice – First Person Narrative
• Creating Narrative – Writer’s Toolkit
• Creative and Editorial Development
• Innovation and Authorship
• Interactive Media
• Major Project
For students eager to continue working on their Major Project in a supportive academic environment, we have an articulation agreement with the low residency MFA in Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania. This enables graduates of our programme to join the Seton Hill cohort in year two, attain a MFA qualification and complete a market-ready commercial novel.
Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.
Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.
The entry requirements for this course are an Honours Degree at a 2:2 or above in any discipline with relevant writing experience.
Once your application is received, you may be contacted by the Programme Leader with an invitation to submit a sample of writing: this is the second stage in selection. Please do not send writing samples with your initial application, as a detailed brief and deadline will be provided. The final stage in the selection process is an interview: for international applicants, this is conducted by telephone.
English language requirements
If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test. The English Language requirements for this programme are IELTS (Academic) with an overall score of 7.0 with no individual component score of less than 7.0. For guidance on the acceptability of other English Language tests please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.
Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.
If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.
Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery
We are committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.
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