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Creative Writing: First Novel - MA/PGDip/PGCert


St Mary’s University, Twickenham Education, Humanities and Social Sciences

About the course

Our Creative Writing: First Novel Master's degree works with a very small cohort. This means you'll receive one-to-one tuition on a far more regular basis compared to many other Creative Writing postgraduate courses.

Here, you will be personally guided through the journey of your first draft, rather than being another student at the back of a large class. No short stories, no poetry, no screenplay, just your novel.

Your novel deserves a tutor that understands all - not just some of its parts - and you deserve a tutor who will coach not just the first draft of your novel, but also the development of your creative process.

Why St Mary's?

Our tutors are practising writers, and have between them written best-selling novels and won major literary awards. Drawing on our connections with the

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Entry Requirements

Writers should begin the degree with an idea they are burning to realise. This is a particularly focused degree and we are looking for candidates who have written in short form but never attempted a novel, or who have written a work of novel length but want to start again and improve their working practice. A good first degree and strong sample submission are the only requirements for entry. However, the individual journey that you want to take is important and so that we can meet expectations candidates will be selected by interview and on the strength of their work.



Where is St Mary’s University, Twickenham


Student Profile(s)

Jennifer Small

I selected the Creative Writing First Novel MA as it's specifically designed for those who are attempting to write their first novel. It is a very small cohort of writers, which not only allows us all to get to know each other's work, but also allows for close contact with the tutors.

I gained an insight into the inner workings of the novel, a greater understanding of the writing process, along with the confidence to write.

It's a valuable opportunity to hone your writing skills and gain support and feedback from experienced, established authors and tutors, as well as sharing the writing experience with your peers on the course.


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