Kingston University is proud to offer the first Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in the UK. This course offers talented and aspiring writers the chance to refine their skills under the tutelage of acclaimed professionals while receiving accredited training and experience in teaching in higher education.
The unique combination of creative and practical skills provided on this course will prepare you simultaneously for a career as a publishing writer and an accredited teacher of creative writing.
Admissions to the MFA will based upon the quality of a writing sample as well as an assessment of your publishing potential.
What will you study?
The first year of the course involves writing workshops; modules examining literary genre and texts; the opportunity to take a module designed to prepare you for the world of publishing; and a 15,000-word dissertation, leading to the award of a masters degree. In the second year you progress to even smaller group writing workshops; modules to improve your skills of reading and textual analysis; and the chance to take a suite of modules culminating in the University's postgraduate teaching certificate. The extensive one-to-one supervision for the dissertation leading to the MFA (no less than the equivalent of 40,000 words) will be provided by one of the course's permanent staff, one of our writers in residence or an editor from a leading UK publishing company. There may also be the opportunity to gain experience assisting with Kingston University Press.
Creative Writing MFA students have the opportunity to undertake the Introduction to Learning and Teaching part 1 (ILT1) which is a non-accredited course run at Kingston University which aims to at support new colleagues and PhD students with teaching and learning.
Book-length creative dissertation; critical reading log of approximately 4,500 words. You also take a series of unaccredited modules for which you will produce creative work, reading and teaching logs, critical commentary on selected texts and short essays.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.
Core modules -Advanced Critical Reading -Advanced Writers' Workshop -MFA Dissertation -Reading, Genre and Impact -Special Study: Workshops in Popular Genre Writing -Structure and Style -Teaching and Writing Workshop -Ten Critical Challenges for Creative Writers -Writers' Workshop