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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Creative Arts & Design

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time; 2 years part-time; 3 years part-time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    For current fees visit our website

  • Last Updated

    28 August 2018

Course content

The MA in Creative Writing is a unique programme that offers integrated training in the writing of literary and media text.

The MA in Creative Writing is taught by prize-winning writers of fiction, poetry and drama who provide core training and individual pathways in the major genres of contemporary literary and media writing. Creative Writing modules are taught through workshop sessions, group work and one-to-one mentoring between students and a tutor. Creative Writing courses include the writing of prose fiction, poetry, drama, screenwriting and creative nonfiction. Writers and representatives from the arts world and the publishing industry are invited to address the MA group about creative work and publishing. We have strong links with Swansea’s Dylan Thomas Centre, which offers a lively programme of events throughout the year.

Key Features of the MA in Creative Writing

  • The MA in Creative Writing is taught by experienced writers and offers a wide range of writing genres including fiction, short story, poetry, drama, screenwriting and creative non-fiction.
  • Drama writing a particular strength, including the relatively new and unexplored field of Dramaturgy.
  • Regular play readings and students' dramatic writing is often performed by professional actors in the Rough Diamonds mini-festival in the summer.
  • Creative Writers have a close relationship with National Theatre Wales and also open-mic poetry events at local venues such as the Dylan Thomas Centre and Howl.
  • There is scope for work experience with local publishers.
  • The writing programme has an online journal, The Swansea Review, and students write for The Siren, a student-run online journal, and The Waterfront student newspaper.
  • Creative Writing students have free membership of Literature Wales, the national literature promotion agency.
  • Creative Writing students are involved in the annual Writers’ Day at the Dylan Thomas Centre, where they meet editors, agents, publishers and writers, to discuss the ins and outs of publication and the craft of writing.
  • Creative Writing students are part of a vibrant community of writers and artists – Swansea, the birthplace of Dylan Thomas, having a fair claim to being Wales’s city of culture.
  • The Creative Writing programme has connection with and experience of the unique literary culture of Wales, home to possibly the oldest (but still vibrant) bardic tradition in Europe.

Creative Writing Course Structure

The full-time Creative Writing course comprises three modules taken in each academic semester (a total of six modules) and then a dissertation over the summer.

Students study two compulsory modules and four optional modules in part-one and a dissertation, a portfolio in a genre of their choosing in part-two. Part-time study is available.


Modules on the MA in Creative Writing typically include:

  • Long Fiction
  • Genre: Writing for the Stage
  • Poetry
  • Art of The Short Story
  • Writing Radio Drama
  • Creative Non-Fiction
  • Screenwriting
  • Angela Carter
  • James Joyce and Literary Theory
  • Neo-Victorian Mutinies: Gender & Racial Trauma in Neo-Victorian Fiction (& Film)
  • The Queer Middle Ages: Bodies, Textuality and Objects
  • After Macbeth: Stage and Screen Adaptation
  • Was Eve Framed? Theorising the Medieval Walled Garden
  • The Digital Revolution
  • The Digital Edge: Contemporary Issues and Trends
  • The Business and Politics of Digital Media
  • Global Media
  • Comparative Journalism
  • Risk Reporting
  • Terrorism, Conflict and The Media

Creative Writing Programme Aims

  • To offer Creative Writing students the chance to belong to a warmly supportive community of writers, passionate about their art.
  • To give students the opportunity to discuss literary matters with agents, editors and publishers.
  • To provide active participation in Swansea’s burgeoning literary scene and have students’ dramatic writing performed by professional actors at the Dylan Thomas Literature Centre.
  • To offer research seminars presented by eminent creative writers and academics.
  • To develop study and research skills in Creative Writing research and practice methodologies.


Career expectations are excellent for Creative Writing graduates. The MA in Creative Writing degree holders enter careers in professional and creative writing, publishing, education, global marketing and advertising, media, business, heritage and tourism, and performing arts. Some graduates go on to pursue further postgraduate study leading to a PhD and a career in Academia.

Student Quote

"Since graduating with an MA with Distinction in Creative Writing from Swansea University, I have published three collections of poetry, founded Grievous Jones Press, and begun lecturing in Creative Writing. In the near future I will finish my PhD in Creative Writing and have books forthcoming with Blackheath Books and Seren Books. The training, experience, and rigour of the Swansea MA in Creative Writing was invaluable for launching my career as a writer and publisher. Without the inspiration, guidance, and critique of the excellent faculty and peers, my own writing would not have grown and my flame for creation might have faltered."

David Oprava, Creative Writing, MA

Visit the Creative Writing MA page on the Swansea University website for more details!





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