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You might be a teacher who writes; a writer who works in education; a poet, a novelist or a short story writer. Whatever your background, this course will teach you more about the connections between creative writing and education.

Why study MA Creative Writing and Education at Goldsmiths?

  • You'll develop your writing skills across a variety of genres. This includes prose, life-writing, poetry, script writing and non-fiction.
  • You’ll gain an understanding of how creativity and education are linked, and develop the skills you need to become an effective educator, influencing the next generation of learners. The video above illustrates just one of the many projects the programme runs.
  • You’ll be taught by published creative writers and academics who are actively making a difference in the field of education.
  • We hope that you’ll leave us transformed. You’ll be encouraged to think independently, develop your social awareness and challenge the norms.
  • We have a number of partnerships with high profile creative and educational organisations including First StoryApples and Snakes, the British LibraryMinistry of Stories and the Poetry Society. Our students have previously taken part in performances, poetry and writing workshops, drama productions and creative research projects for these institutions as well as getting paid to work in schools, hospitals and charities. The course has developed some innovative work placement programmes with First Story and the Ministry of Stories, exclusive to Goldsmiths.

What you'll study

Full-time: you will complete 4 modules in one year plus a dissertation, amounting 180 credits – full details of the modules are in the Overview section below. This can mean committing yourself to attending evening seminars and lectures twice a week in the autumn and spring terms for 10 weeks, and a number of one-to-one tutorials for your dissertation.

Part-time: you can spread your modules for the course over two years. This could mean attending seminars/lectures once a week during the autumn and spring terms for the two years and then spacing your dissertation tutorials over two terms. 


You'll have the opportunity to develop your own creative writing practices and explore a range of educational approaches towards creative writing.

You'll work with practising and published creative writing lecturers and education lecturers in collaboration with professionals working in local cultural institutions.

You'll participate in creative and life writing workshops and research creative writing pedagogies in classrooms and educational settings.

You have to complete 180 credits points, made up from:

  • One compulsory core module in the Department of English and Comparative Literature
  • Workshop in Creative and Life Writing (30 credits)
  • Two compulsory core modules in the Department of Educational Studies in association with the British Library, Poetry Society, English and Media Centre, Apples and Snakes, Ministry of Stories, The Complete Works: 
  • Creative Writing Pedagogies and Identities (which explores how to teach creative writing) (30 credits)
  • Research into Writing Practices (which explores how to research creative writing) (30 credits)
  • An optional module in the Department of Educational Studies (30 credits)
  • A dissertation in the Department of Educational Studies and the Department of English and Comparative Literature (60 credits)

Practitioners who already have existing M-level credits may transfer these on to the MA.


Assessment for the Workshop in Creative and Life Writing module is by the submission of a piece or pieces of creative or life-writing of 5,000 words plus a critical account of how you have structured and developed your work.

Assessment for the Educational Studies modules is by the submission of assignments.

You'll also be assessed on a project-based dissertation.

Individual Modules

Some modules from this course are also available to be taken as part of a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme.

Download the programme specification, for the 2019-20 intake. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.


The programme will enable you to develop creative writing skills to a potentially publishable level, participate in local cultural events as writers, and develop advanced theoretical and critical skills in creative writing pedagogy.


The programme provides and enhances continuing professional development in creative writing for educators and teachers, opening up opportunities to work with local cultural institutions and schools, and enriching current professional practice.

Previous students have helped their careers by doing this MA, going on to work in business, arts organisations, theatre, spoken word and diverse educational settings. Alumni include Niall Bourke, who won the 2015 Costa Short Story Award, Joshua Seighal, who was shortlisted for the National Literacy Trust Award 2015, and a number of students who have published their academic research in prestigious scholarly journals.

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.

Visit the Creative Writing and Education - MA page on the Goldsmiths, University of London website for more details!





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