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Course content

Our MA in Creative Writing is unique in bringing together the following:

  • Teaching by a strong and diverse group of internationally recognised writers
  • The rich resources of a world-leading Russell Group university with a top-rated English Department
  • The chance to live and work in a beautiful West Country location in a vibrant cathedral city

Whether you are interested in fiction, non-fiction, poetry or screen writing, Exeter offers you a thriving and supportive writing community. Our team of prize-winning and best-selling authors are highly experienced and will help you develop your writing towards publication. Our strong links with the worlds of publishing, literary journalism and broadcasting, book festivals and prizes will provide valuable insights into the workings of the literary marketplace and open many opportunities to establish the contacts necessary for successful publication.

Learning and teaching

The taught components of the MA Creative Writing are delivered in the first two terms, leaving the third for your dissertation. Modules are taught in seminar groups, with lots of time for discussion and interaction. In seminars you will be expected to take part in debate and present your work.

Compulsory modules

Creative Writing Dissertation is compulsory

Optional modules

Some examples of the optional modules are as follows;

  • Image, shape and music;
  • The poetry of events;
  • Structures of realism
  • Writing for the screen.

The modules listed here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand

Research areas

All members of staff are active researchers and their interests as a whole encompass all the varieties of Anglophone culture not only in Britain, but in the US and elsewhere. This variety is reflected in the range of topics currently being studied by students, from poetry to drama, novels to films, medieval manuscripts to the internet, and from creative and life writing to the study of panoramas and magic lantern shows. It is also reflected in the number of research and reading groups organised by students and staff and by the number of conferences, talks and guest lectures that take place each year.


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

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