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Creative Arts & Design (9)

About the course

Creative Writing is one of the longest established postgraduate courses of its kind in the UK, with a strong record of publication by its graduates. Designed for talented and committed writers, the course is taught by a team of award-winning writers and academics.

You will be joining a lively community of other writers and teachers where you will have the opportunity to work in a variety of genres, including fiction, poetry, children’s and young adult fiction, and writing for radio, stage and screen.

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Entry Requirements

A good honours degree (minimum 2.2); applications are primarily assessed on the quality of the writing sample and statement.
Submit a 3000-word creative writing sample, OR c. 100 lines of poetry, OR an equivalent mixture of poetry and prose/script.
Evidence in a personal statement of a commitment to writing.
Applications from candidates with non-standard entry qualifications will be considered on an individual basis if they can demonstrate relevant professional experience.

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Where is Nottingham Trent University


Student Profile

LD Lapinsky

With their third children's novel having just hit the shelves, we caught up with LD to find out about their work, tips for others considering a career in writing, and to hear stories of their inspirational tutors.

“Since leaving NTU, I’ve moved from teaching to copy writing to being an author, which has always been my dream job,” they say.

“Besides being published, which is something I’ve wanted since I was five, being told that my books are going to be translated into other languages is a real dream come true. My books are all about journeying to exciting new places, and with travel being so difficult in the last couple of years, it’s great to see the books are better travelled than I am!”

Looking back on the skills and experiences LD learned at NTU, they’re in no doubt these played a big part in their subsequent success as a writer.

“I loved studying at NTU, so much I went back to do my Masters after my BA. I think it’s a really nice place to study,” they say, “and the MA gave me a lot of opportunity to really hone my writing. It was actually the manuscript I wrote for one of the modules during my Masters that got me a literary agent. And I wouldn’t have been brave enough to even try to get one without the support and encouragement one of my NTU tutors – the late Graham Joyce.”

Looking back, LD has some frank advice, especially when it comes to preparing for exams.

“In terms of revision, my advice is quite simple: remember to do some!” they laugh. “I was really terrible at revising and exams in general, I was always better at essays and coursework. I remember one time where we could take notes in with us, and that’s the only time I’ve ever not dreaded an exam!”

And what of those currently considering a writing career, or dreaming of their first commission?

“Persevere,” LD says emphatically. “If you have a dream, keep seeking it, even if life doesn’t go quite how you thought it might. You only get better at what you do by doing more, whether that’s writing or any other skill – experience is something you can create for yourself by practicing and honing your skills.”

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