At Brighton, we encourage writing that helps readers and writers to understand, shape and connect with the world beyond the classroom. Working with professional writers, you will develop your skills to produce and share stories in a variety of genres.
Through creative workshops, you will partner with supportive lecturers and interdisciplinary postgraduate groups to develop advanced theories and practices that relate to the creative writing process. Both people with and without experience of creative writing should consider applying for this course, which aims to prepare you for a career as a freelancer or portfolio worker.
We have fantastic links with local publishers, writers and creative companies and offer a unique salon series where industry experts offer practical advice and insights. In semester two, you will apply your writing and creative practice in a workplace scenario, while being encouraged to work on your own interests and passions.
If you want to share your work, you have the opportunity to do so through our established student-led anthologies and open mic nights, which form part of Brighton's thriving creative scene.
Why study with us?
• Chance to develop as a portfolio writer and creative practitioner – somebody who can apply good writing to real-world scenarios and work to specific briefs
• A transformative experience that goes beyond looking to get your first novel published, so you can explore copywriting and publishing while nurturing your passion for storytelling
• Guest lectures from publishers and professional writers including Mark Radcliffe and Isabel Ashdown, who runs the Prose Fiction module
• Links with local publishers, writers and creative companies, with placements available across Brighton
• Theatre visits, open mic nights and exciting events, including a short story slam at Brighton festival and writing workshops in Bucharest
• Online journal and in-house creative anthology for you to share your work with other students and the wider community
Areas of study
You will be able to tailor your MA studies to reflect an interest in writing practice, literary theory, community engagement or any combination of these.
We identify the range of modules as intrinsic to catering to diverse creative and intellectual needs and understand that triggers for writing and creative practice can stem from a wide range of places and fields of study.
We have specific modules dedicated to engaging students with the wider Brighton community and local creative industries where they will become a writer in residence and work to link their individual creative practice with a professional scenario.
You will be able to identify teaching and learning opportunities that inspire your creative work and apply this to your professional, academic and personal development and planning.
Practising Rhetoric: The History of Good Storytelling Creative Writing: Craft and Creative Practice Research Skills and Training Dissertation
Prose Fiction Creativity module: Placement The Publishing Process Poetry: Theory and Craft Writing the City The Ethics of Fiction Twenty-first Century Literature Performing Gender Knowing Through Writing Holocaust Memory Aesthetics and Philosophy Cultural Theory History Making and the Screen Archive South Grammar and the English Language Memory and Identity in Postcolonial Cultures Cultural Memory in Ireland Gender, Family and Empire Screenwriting Auto/Biographical Narrative Visual Narrative Cultures of Multimedia Authoring and Web Design Critical and Media Concepts Issues and Debates: Introduction to Critical Arts Practice Traditions of Critical Theory Critical Readings Moral Thought and Practice Globalisation and Culture Aesthetics and Philosophy Foundations of Critical Theory Meaning and Truth Discourses of Culture Writing for Academic Publication Literature and Conflict Auto/Biographical Narrative Communication, Memory and Communication
Careers and employability
Our Creative Writing MA will develop your confidence with creative and critical writing and enhance your communication skills, which are highly valued in a range of professions including publishing, teaching, creative industry management, marketing, PR, journalism, health and wellbeing.
The ability to write for an audience is also fundamental for people working with social media and the web, and this course will ensure that you are able to produce writing that will be effective in these and other work-based scenarios.