Add expertise to your talent and ideas and learn in the company of industry experts on this innovative, inspiring course for aspiring writers.
If you want to make a career in writing, this course is for you. You already have talent and ideas, we’ll add the expertise you need to approach your chosen market with confidence, originality and skill. No ambitions are out of bounds: we love commercial genre fiction and literary experiments equally.
We aim to ensure our graduates are equipped to succeed - and to change the culture they choose to enter.
We take an innovative approach to the training and support of aspiring writers, driven by intellectual ambition and practical industry experience. There are four strands to the programme:
• developing narrative technique • practising vocational skills (including abridgement, adaptation and collaborative creation) • experimental, theoretical and personal development work • regular one-to-one editorial mentoring
Uniquely, the course offers a dynamic range of cross-disciplinary options. Writing for graphic fiction, screenwriting, interactive media and creative non-fiction are all offered as specialisms, while our pioneering module in genre fiction covers crime, horror, fantasy and science fiction with YA options in each.
We host an exciting programme of lectures and master classes from award-winning authors and high-profile industry experts. In addition, an internationally recognised author joins us for 12 months as Writer in Residence, to develop new work alongside students, share experience and offer one-to-one consultations.
Our approach to full-length narrative development trains you to deploy a range of unique and dynamic pre-writing techniques invented by our programme. This energetic combination of conceptual development and critical self-reflection will transform you into a technically adept, purposeful writer ready to make your mark.
The course is taught by industry professionals Sam Kelly, a former literary agent and David Bishop, a successful working writer and former editor. In addition to campus facilities, our students have access to the Writers’ Room, a private workspace with Wi-Fi, available evenings and weekends. It houses an exclusive library of 2,000 hand-picked books, DVDs and graphic novels and is the venue for reading groups and social events.
The MA is piloting a Teaching Internship Scheme, offering selected graduates the opportunity to develop their teaching practice with the course for a further year.
• Creating Narrative – Writer’s Toolkit • Innovation and Authorship • Creative and Editorial Development • Writing Practice – First Person Narrative • Writing Graphic Fiction • Writing Genre Fiction • Creative Non-Fiction • Interactive Media • Major Project
Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.
Among our graduates’ achievements are:
• book deals • representation by literary agents • international and national competition wins • publication in magazines and anthologies • Edinburgh International Book Festival appearances • paid editing and writing commissions • performances and teaching • working for national literary organisations