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Our celebrated creative writing programme is perfect for talented and aspiring writers looking to gain adventurous and needed creative and critical skills. This is an exciting and supportive online course that offers you the opportunity to develop your writing practice wherever you are in the world.

Why this programme

  • You will be taught by a number of successful and well-regarded writers and many of our graduates have gone on to be published and acclaimed authors.
  • We have strong links with literary agents and publishers, and an impressive list of published alumni.
  • This programme is delivered online and offers flexible study around your existing commitments.

Programme structure

This programme is directed at those who are already engaged in writing. Its clear three-part structure, focused on creative, critical and practical issues, distinguishes this programme from the others offered in the UK.

Taking the online distance learning MLitt full-time:

The programme structure covers:

Semester 1:

  • Creative workshops and guest speakers
  • Reading as a writer (CX1)
  • Copyright, publishing and the culture of reception

Semester 2:

  • Creative workshops and guest speakers 
  • Experimentation (CX2)
  • Editing the twenty-first century: editorial project

These courses have been developed to:

  • allow you to experiment with a range of voices, techniques and genres alongside a consideration of major creative and editorial engagements from the modern through the contemporary period.
  • help you develop a critical understanding of diverse creative, theoretic and critical texts.
  • provide a space to undertake extended portfolios of creative and editorial work.
  • familiarise you with the writing context (audience, publishing in all its forms, the legal framework, modes of transmission);
  • And most importantly, to subject you to the discipline of regular writing by providing a stimulating workshop and tutorial environment in which writing skills can be acquired, discussed and honed. 

Taking the online distance learning MLitt part-time:

  • Part-time year one: students take one semester of workshops and Craft and Experimentation both semesters, and have two tutorials. 
  • Part-time year two: students take one semester of workshops and Editing and Publication both semesters, and have three tutorials.

Find out more about core and optional courses.

"I can honestly say that the programme was the best thing that has ever happened for my writing."

Nichola Deadman, Creative Writing student

Programme alteration or discontinuation

The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

Graduates have gone into writing, journalism, publishing, and many other professions.

Positions held by recent graduates include Managing Director, Freelance Writer, Author, Copywriter, Author and Community Arts Work. 

Find out more about our alumni and their publications by visiting our Creative Writing subject page.


Visit the Creative Writing (Distance Learning) (MLitt) page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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