With very few budding writers making a living from writing alone, this course offers creative writers the chance to learn not only the craft of writing, but also current trends in publishing from world-renowned professionals. It offers the opportunity to develop a creative writing portfolio at the same time as getting to grips with how the publishing process works.
-As well as benefitting from teaching staff who have practical experience of working in publishing and/or creative writing industries, this MA also benefits from a thriving literary and academic community. For more information, visit http://www.kingstonwritingschool.com
-We offer a series of masterclasses across the disciplines.
-We have exceptional links with major publishers, such as Hachette Penguin Random House, Bloomsbury and Macmillan; and you will have the opportunity to enter your work into competitions sponsored by The Bookseller magazine and Faber and Faber.
-Bursaries are available for students working on our literary magazine Ripple and our Kingston Publishing blog. There are also opportunities to work on live projects for Kingston University
What will you study?
The creative writing element of this course is workshop-led and, in the second semester, you will be given the opportunity to specialise in the genre of your choice, be it poetry, drama or children's fiction.
The publishing element focuses on marketing-led commercial and trade publishing, and the modules you study will help you to understand the structure of the industry and the core skills required to enter.
You can choose to write an academic dissertation to demonstrate your analytical skills and competence, or undertake a major practical publishing project as your final assessment. If you choose to take your dissertation in creative writing, you will write an extensive piece of creative writing accompanied by critical essay; you will be supervised by a professional writer.
Essays, reports, presentations, briefs, research projects, and portfolios.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.
-Create: The Business of Publishing
-Special Study: Workshops in Popular Genre Writing
-Practical Publishing Project
-Do: Work Placements, Networking and Career Planning
-Make: Content Development and Production
-Share: Strategic Marketing and Sales
We normally expect applicants to have: a second class degree or above in a related subject; and/or; a demonstrative interest in creative writing. You must also submit a 3,000-word sample of creative writing, a personal statement (1,000 words) plus references.