What Will You Study

This course allows students to pursue a writing project in their chosen literary form supported by a range of specialist tutors, a peer critiquing process in twice weekly workshops, and termly online conferences via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

A number of professional writers visit the course throughout the academic year, giving talks in their specialist genres, hosting workshops to stimulate new work or providing insight and advice in areas of prose fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and other literary forms. The course also provides a showcase event for students to read their work in a public forum. This MA will develop your writing skills and promote reflection upon the writing process, equipping you to develop your experience and ideas into literary form.

We offer structured advice on the publishing industry, inviting leading agents and publishers to visit the course and advise students. Recent publishing successes of former students include Justin Hill’s novel The Drink and Dream Teahouse, Monique Roffey’s Orange Prize-shortlisted novel The White Woman on the Green Bicycle, Jacob Polley’s T.S Eliot Prize-shortlisted collections of poetry, Ali Shaw’s novel The Girl with Glass Feet, which was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award in 2009 and Ray Robinson’s Novel Electricity shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial prize in 2006.