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MA Creative Writing (Canterbury)

University of Kent School of English

Full time & Part time September MA Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

About the course

The MA in Creative Writing at Kent offers you the opportunity to study fiction and poetry (exclusively or together) along with optional modules in translation, and writing and the environment.

Designed with serious, ambitious writers in mind, our programme uses seminars, tutorials, workshops, and precise editing to enable you to take control of your own work and write exciting, contemporary material.

You are taught exclusively by members of the permanent creative writing team, all of whom are practising, award-winning writers: Patricia Debney, David Flusfeder, David Herd, Nancy Gaffield, Dragan Todorovic, Alex Preston, Amy Sackville, Simon Smith and Scarlett Thomas. (See staff research interests for further details.(

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Entry Requirements

A first or upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject (or equivalent), or substantial creative writing experience. Each applicant is required to submit a sample of his/her creative writing, and this will be the most significant factor in admissions decisions.

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Student Profile(s)

Denica Shute

I chose Kent primarily because its module structure is extremely flexible, allowing me to write only prose and continue writing my novels throughout most modules. The same goes for poetry writers and for those who wish to write in both areas. Now that I'm further into the course I realise I'm very lucky to have been taught by some award winning novelists, and those who aren't award winning come with years of experience of writing and the industry. My favourite part of the course so far is the The Magazine module: you work in a team to produce a literary and creative writing magazine. The module is invaluable in that it shows just how a creative course like this can be applied in the work place and how much dedication and hard work it requires.

Kylie Grant

Why did you choose Kent?
A lot of why I chose Kent lies in the course it offered. However, I would be lying if the descriptions of the campus, the charms of the quaint city of Canterbury and the proximity to London didn’t also tempt me!

What attracted you to the course?
I had been an undergraduate at Kent and knew that the course would be flexible, varied and interesting. One of the main attractions was the quality of the teaching staff; I knew that they would provide thought-provoking reading lists and invaluable guidance.

What was your degree course like?
The nature of postgraduate study means there is a lot of independent study, so you really do get out of it what you put in to it. It is a lot more flexible, so you are able to really explore a subject or an area that interests you. Postgraduate study is also more focused and driven towards research methods. I found that I was pushed further, and learned a lot from the experience. The lecturers were supportive and eager to discuss and explore your ideas. If you are interested in a particular area then you are given the freedom and resources to explore it, which I found invaluable.

What activities did you get involved with during your time at Kent?
I was involved in Creative Writing Tuesdays: these were evenings that hosted a variety of writers, editors and teachers, which were put together by the wonderful Patricia Debney in the School of English. I thoroughly enjoyed supporting this event, from helping out in its promotion to the logistics and handing out the wine – obviously very important when dealing with writers! It helped me to become involved in a creative community and discuss ideas with like-minded people. I also got involved with organising the postgraduate School of English conference, which involved creating a theme and organising speakers. The experience gained from being involved in a high-profile event is invaluable.

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