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About the course

Surrey’s MA Creative Writing is about more than just words. It’s a pathway to finding your own unique literary voice.

Drawing on the experience of our published writers and academics, you’ll engage with intriguing literary theory and writing techniques, and discover how to find your niche and engage with the publishing world. As part of our School of Literature and Languages, you’ll share ideas within a diverse creative community and be able to attend a calendar of events that will broaden your thinking and develop your writing skills – this includes the annual Surrey New Writers’ Festival and Surrey Poetry Festival.

What you will study

Our MA Creative Writing course encourages lateral thought and will sharpen your research and writing abilities.

It may be that you arrive with an existing

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Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a first or 2:1 UK honours degree, or a recognised equivalent international qualification.

As part of the application procedure, applicants will be asked to provide a portfolio of creative material (5,000 words prose or equivalent).

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Student Profile(s)

Doreen Raine

"I’m a mature student with an atypical background. I do a lot of other things such as being a self-employed language editor/ translator of medical/veterinary research papers, and Chairman of the Dorking district U3A (University of the Third Age).

I chose the course as a dedication to a friend who was dying - I felt I should get on with something I had been meaning to write for a very long time as my friend no longer had the opportunity.

My main focus was to develop my ability to write creatively, but exposure to a historical approach to literature has influenced my direction. I’ve really enjoyed all of the new literature and concepts. The library is very impressive and I was pleased to be given a one to one session with a librarian who talked me through how to use all the resources.

The most challenging part of the course has been developing my confidence in my work. Some friends think I’m mad going to University but I believe that learning should never stop whatever age you are."

Christina Webb

I wanted to experience life at a campus university, and have fond and funny memories of getting involved with all kinds of events at Surrey - from fancy dress to raising money for charities.

What attracted you to choose the University of Surrey and to study your course here?

The English Literature undergraduate course was the major factor in that it was very contemporary, thought-provoking and had a diverse range of culturally-significant topics. Secondly, Surrey’s employment factor. For me it was hugely important to focus on the future and results, so Surrey’s top employment statistics were essential. The gorgeous campus was also a pull. I wanted to experience uni life at a campus university, and have fond and funny memories all over it.

What is your strongest memory of your time at Surrey – what do you picture first when you think of being here?

Too many things – I’m torn! Lunches with friends on campus, creative discussions, that feeling of handing submissions in, Rubix nights. I’d have to say the overall strongest memories are of getting involved with various events at Surrey. From fancy dress to raising money for charities and more specifically the newspaper/radio/TV media party, a formal casino night and theme park rides and dressing up at graduation ball.

What were the best things about your course?

The contemporary reading list, as mentioned before. The fact I meandered into creative writing alongside English literature and took up a Creative Writing MA at Surrey afterwards. Making like-minded friends for life. The lecturers who were always happy to informally chat about your individual development and ideas. Opening up to new ideas and theories I wouldn’t have found before. I Loved it.


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