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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Creative Arts & Design

  • Start Date

    October

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time

  • Course Type

    Other

  • Course Fees

    Part-time home/EU students: £4075 pa Full-time home/EU students: £8175 pa

    Part-time international students: £7425 pa Full-time international students: £14850 pa

  • Last Updated

    12 January 2018

Course content

Do you already have an MA in Creative Writing but feel you would benefit from further writing projects with more intensive supervision? Birkbeck's new MFA Creative Writing offers the opportunity to write a full-length work of fiction to a standard where it may be offered to literary agents. The course is taught through small, dynamic seminars and one-to-one dissertation tuition by regularly published and produced award-winning writers who will help you strengthen and professionalise your identity as a writer; one dissertation supervision period will be offered by a London-based literary agent.

As part of a small, supportive group of writers, you will regularly present work for critique by your peers, and develop a critical and aesthetic awareness of other writers' work. You will then develop your writing craft through a series of lectures and seminars. You may also submit work for publication in the annual Birkbeck Creative Writing journal, The Mechanics' Institute Review.

In addition, novelists, editors and agents will be invited in to speak. In the past we have welcomed: Sarah Waters, Julie Myerson, Polly Samson, Rachel Cusk, Deborah Levy and Louise Doughty; Jamie Byng of Canongate, Francesca Main of Picador, Hannah Griffiths of Faber, Richard Beswick of Little, Brown; and agents from United Agents, AP Watt, Curtis Brown and Janklow & Nesbit.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

- Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 11th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2015-16 World University Subject Rankings.
- In addition to working with the established writers who teach the degree, you will have contact with industry professionals, such as publishers and literary agents, who offer a series of platform discussions in the summer term.
- Alumni from the MA Creative Writing have signed major publishing contracts since graduating or have developed professional careers in publishing and journalism.
- In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), English Language and Literature at Birkbeck achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality, while 91% of eligible staff submitted research, of which 75% was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent.
- Our Department of English and Humanities is a lively centre of world-class research and teaching.
- Our annual creative writing magazine, The Mechanics' Institute Review, is edited by Birkbeck Creative Writing students and will feature writing from the course as a showcase for the degree, with wide distribution beyond Birkbeck to literary agents, publishers, etc.
- Read an account of how our students created the most recent issue of The Mechanics' Institute Review.
- MIROnline is an interactive website, edited by PhD students and volunteers, with all the latest news and writing from this programme and beyond.

Visit the Creative Writing (MFA) page on the Birkbeck, University of London website for more details!

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