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A specialist creative writing MA for writers for children and young adults, taught by published authors.
This specialist creative writing MA is designed for writers for children, teenagers and young adults who aim to complete a novel, series of picture books or shorter stories for young children. It's a practical course, taught by experienced lecturers who are all published children's writers and/or industry professionals.
This Creative Writing course is for writers for children of all ages, from the picture-book age through to
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We offer places on the basis of our assessment of your quality, potential and commitment as a writer and your ability to benefit from the course. Usually, but not invariably, you will have a degree. This may be in subjects other than Creative Writing. This is not a beginner’s course, so we will be looking for evidence of originality in your writing for young people, and a sense of audience. You will have read widely in the field of contemporary children’s literature.
I was sure that doing the course would give me a far greater chance of becoming a published writer than I would otherwise have - both because of the writing practice and guidance I would gain and because of the contacts I would make. As well as being challenging, useful and engaging, it was also lots of fun. We worked hard at getting into a young person’s mind set.
The campus is very beautiful and I enjoyed the scenery and unusual buildings every single time I went there. But the course and the people mattered even more, and they were great. Before enrolling I achieved a double honours degree in German and Scandinavian.
I now have an agent at United Agents in London and I am writing teen novels for Oxford University Press. It isn’t so much the qualification itself that has helped me so far, as the skills I learned and the contacts I made. If you want to write for young people, or are perhaps already doing so but want to improve and learn more, I can’t recommend this course highly enough.
I chose to do the MA in Writing for Young People as I felt it would give me the confidence to take myself seriously as a writer and to confirm for me the areas of writing to which my style was most suited. Also, to help me find the self-discipline to write regularly. It has done all this. The course was also strongly recommended to me by previous graduates.
I thoroughly enjoyed the friendly atmosphere at Bath Spa and the rather luxurious environment at Corsham Court – peacocks included! I particularly liked the way the workshops were run in an atmosphere of supportiveness and encouragement. We all very quickly became much more astute critics of each other's work and also of our own work. I felt very inspired by the opportunity to explore published children's literature and to attempt writing for all ages – from picture books for the very young to writing for teenagers and young adults.
Since finishing the course I have secured a three book deal with Orion Publishers for my Opal Moonbaby stories – novels for 7-10 year olds. I am currently writing the second of these books. Having the name of the course on one's CV is alone a big help in opening doors. The course has given me the ability to be critical of my work while inspiring me with the confidence to believe that I can write and get published too.
The course definitely lives up to its reputation. If you're serious about writing and have a big idea, or maybe a few half-finished projects stuffed in a drawer somewhere, go to Bath Spa and refresh your mind and your interest. Keep an open mind and things may well flourish for you. Not only will you be a better writer by the end of the MA, you'll also have the opportunity to meet many published writers, agents and editors and discover all the ins and outs of the publishing world.
I chose to do my MA part-time so that I could fit it around my job of Director of Marketing and Communications for WDC; an international marine conservation charity. It was recommended by an agent, who thought my writing showed promise but wasn’t quite ‘there,’ yet. I was also working solo and – to a degree – in the dark. I thought the combination of tutoring, work-shopping and mentoring sounded like a powerful mix. And it was!
Bath Spa University has a great learning environment. The staff (not just the tutors) were really helpful throughout. And Corsham Court has to be the most atmospheric and scenic campus ever. The tutors are great writers, great teachers and are really good with people. They help you find your voice. The workshop and review process really make you examine – and improve – your writing. There’s also insight into the world of publishing. In a nutshell: practical help and expert tutoring to make you the best writer you can be. Of course it’s ultimately about the writing and giving you the best chance of getting published… but it’s also heaps of fun, and a great opportunity to share the experience with people who have the same values and dreams as you do.
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