MA in Creative Writing

The Lancaster Writing Programme hosts one of the longest established and highly esteemed MA courses in the country, with modes of study flexible enough to suit all learners. All our students enjoy the expertise of specialist teaching staff who are prominent writers in their own fields, and who respond directly and in detail to their work.

There are many Creative Writing MA pathways to choose from, depending on your wish to study in a workshop, via one on one correspondence with your tutor, taking modules, or to combine Creative Writing with English Literary Studies.

MA Creative Writing (by independent project) - full time only.

In this pathway, you will work on a year long project of your choice. You will need to outline your proposed project (a collection of short stories, poems, a script, extracts from a longer fiction, creative non-fiction or life writing piece) briefly in your application. Teaching is based on the workshop model and visits from writers, editors and agents provide an important component of campus study. All students give a reading from work in progress at our annual MA Showcase - previous events have been held in partnership with Lancaster LitFest and the Dukes theatre.

MA Creative Writing (distance learning) - part time only.

You will work on a specific project of your choice in a one to one correspondence with one of our distance tutors and engage with your peers during online workshops or conferences and annual summer schools.

MA Creative Writing (modular) - full or part time.

The generalist pathway offers a free choice of modules in prose fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and dramatic forms, whilst the specialist pathway in Poetry, Prose Fiction or Creative Non-Fiction sees two of four modules, and a creative project, focusing on your chosen specialism. All students give a reading from work in progress at our annual MA Showcase - previous events have been held in partnership with Lancaster LitFest and the Dukes theatre.

MA Creative Writing with English Literary Studies or MA English Literary Studies with Creative Writing - full or part time. 

These courses provide a rare opportunity to combine creative and critical writing at Masters level. You will take modules in both Creative Writing and English Literary Studies. Depending on which course you take you will study core modules within that subject and optional modules in the other subject. Students will complete either a Creative Writing or English Literature dissertation. Students will also give a reading from work in progress at our annual MA Showcase - previous events have been held in partnership with Lancaster LitFest and the Dukes theatre.