Masters degrees in Creative Writing explore the production of written fiction such as novels, poetry and drama. Courses are often highly practical, training students to become proficient (and potentially successful!) authors. Some also include theoretical components, focussing on specific literary styles or techniques.
Many of these courses are MA degrees, but more specialised options such as MLitt and practical MFA programmes are available.
Postgraduate study (and training) in this area presents an excellent opportunity to indulge your creative impulses. But these courses offer much more than artistic indulgence.
You’ll learn how effective narratives function, how to appeal to different audiences (and markets) and how to plan and manage complex writing projects.
These techniques may very well help you become a successful author, but there’s more to a Masters in Creative Writing than preparing to become a writer. You’ll also be a proficient (and confident) written communicator, with the ability to craft effective messages (and to analyse others).
Such skills are useful in a range of occupations, from print and online journalism to marketing and public relations. And yes, you could potentially become the next JK Rowling.