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The MA in Creative Writing is designed to give students a structure within which they can develop both their writing and imaginative critical skills, experimenting with the wide range of possibilities available to the contemporary writer. It is possible to write prose fiction (the novel or short story), poetry and drama. We are interested in literary fiction in all its forms.

Our MA Creative writing students 'read as writers', explore their reading in group discussions and engage in writing exercises designed to enlarge and stimulate their practice.

In the intensive MA workshops, students share work, learn to write to deadlines, learn how to redraft, polish, edit imaginatively and find the creative thread which, when followed, reveals how their own writing will achieve its optimum level.

All written assignments are accompanied by the writing of a commentary on the process; the commentary speeds and makes explicit a writer's discoveries, and so aids future practice.

Recent guest readers include: Jim Crace, Helen Dunmore, Michele Roberts, Vicki Feaver, Bernard O'Donoghue, Jo Shapcott, Adam Marek, Matthew Sweeney and Robert Shearman.

Find out more in the application pack here.

Find out more about our South Coast Creative Writing Hub.#

WHERE THIS CAN TAKE YOU

Many of our writers go on to publish and win prizes. For instance, Bethan Roberts’ novel Mother Island won the 2015 Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize.

MA graduate Wendy French won the £5000 2010 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine. Amber Dodd’s novel for children, We Are Giants, won the 2017 Calderdale book of the Year Award.

These are just three recent examples of the success of our graduates.

The annual Publishing Panel of six specialists has regularly welcomed literary agents from agencies such as David Godwin Associates, Rogers, Coleridge and White, United Artists, Greene & Heaton, Janklow and Nesbitt, RAFT and Lucy Luck Associates.

Agents join literary editors for a discussion of the publishing world today and how to approach an agent or editor.

We have welcomed literary editors from Penguin/Hamish Hamilton, Chatto & Windus, Myriad Editions, Simon & Schuster, Pighog Press, the Frogmore Papers and producers from BBC Radio.

INDICATIVE MODULES

The MA comprises four taught modules and a creative dissertation:

  • The Writing Studio enables writers to experiment in any genre prose, poetry or drama, while exploring key features of those genres. This first module also serves as induction to the MA and to the distinctive methods of the 'Chichester workshop'.
  • Metaphor and the Imagination encourages innovation and experimentation, pushing writers beyond their usual boundaries.
  • Sources and Transformations engages writers with the essential writerly skills of transforming both outer research and inner biographical concerns into fiction.
  • Launching the Manuscript encourages autonomy, sustaining the longer project, learning about the publishing industry and includes guest readers and the publishing panel.

The Manuscript (a creative dissertation of 20,000) allows writers to develop a longer piece of work through one to one tutorials with a tutor as a consultant reader.

TEACHING AND ASSESSMENT

To gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Writing, students need to complete four modules. Each module is assessed by an assignment of approximately 6,000 words or equivalent.

To gain an MA in Creative Writing, students need to complete all four modules and a dissertation of 20,000 words (or poetry/drama equivalents).

ADDITIONAL COSTS

As a University of Chichester student you will be provided with many things to support you but there may be additional costs which you may encounter whilst studying. The information below will help you understand our provision and what else you need to budget for.

Costs of living and other expenses you may need to consider:

  • Accommodation and living costs;
  • Text books
  • Photocopying and printing
  • Travel to, from and between campuses
  • Graduation

Financial help available from the University

We offer a number of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at Chichester. Our Finance pages provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.


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

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