The Creative Writing MA at Oxford Brookes will help your writing grow through work with established writers, industry professionals, teaching specialists and your peers, whilst you experience this most literary of cities.
From the opening evening of your course – where previous speakers have included international bestseller Philip Pullman, Booker winner, Howard Jacobson and Pulitzer/Orange winner, Marilynne Robinson – through to the showcase for agents and publishers following your graduation, our aim is to make your time at Brookes a decisive stage in your development.
Your postgraduate study will centre on your own creative writing, combined with critical analysis, reflective commentary and scholarly research. The course can be studied full-time or part-time.
- The degree is led by our core staff of practicing and published creative writers/ academics and is also supported by a unique group of distinguished Creative Writing Fellows and guest speakers, including: Philip Pullman (author of internationally best selling trilogy, His Dark Materials) Sarah Dunant (bestselling author of Sacred Hearts) Kate Clanchy (winner of BBC National Short Story 2009 and first Oxford City Poet) James Meek (author of the Booker Prize long-listed, The People's Act of Love) Patience Agbabi (star performance poet and author of Bloodshot Monochrome and Telling Tales) Nick Cohen (star Observer journalist and bestselling author) John L Williams (literary talent spotter, novelist and freelance commissioning editor).
- Our Creative Writing Fellows do not merely visit occasionally. Between them, they lead a major workshop session every other week of each semester (on average) as well as other shorter sessions, resulting in a varied learning experience.
- Oxford has a vibrant literary community with many resident literary figures and publishing companies such as Oxford University Press, Blackwell Publishing, Taylor & Francis and Harcourt Education, based in the city.
- Cultural and literary events such as the Oxford Literary Festival take place throughout the year.
- Oxford has world-class libraries, such as the Bodleian, archives, collections and museums, including the Ashmolean, Pitt Rivers Museum and Modern Art Oxford.
Teaching and learning
A variety of teaching and learning methods are used across the course and all modules use more than one method. Methods include seminars, oral presentations and readings, workshops, visiting speakers, individual supervision, autonomous research and writing.
All modules are assessed by coursework (portfolios or pieces of work with a critical commentary) of about 6,000 words.
The Major Project of writing in any genre (with critical commentary) would normally be within the range of 15,000 to 20,000 words.
Our virtual learning portals provide core materials relating to learning and assessment online. These include lecture schedules, module guides, supporting materials, guidelines and criteria for coursework along with notes on essay writing and report presentation.
How this course helps you develop
During the course we help students foster links with publishers through a number of workshops run by publishing houses.
The Annual Creative Writing Showcase is a key event in the calendar where students are selected to present their work to publishers and agents. In 2012, Helen Eve was offered a two-book deal by Macmillan as a result of the event. See our other publishing successes
Many of our alumni have gone on to win literary prizes and have their own writing published.
A significant number of successful MA students continue into further research and careers in academia, either at Oxford Brookes or at other institutions.
Free language courses for students - the Open Module
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are: - studying at a Brookes partner college - studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.
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