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Creative Writing MA

Course Description

Choose Kingston's Creative Writing MA

With a full programme of workshops and critical study, this MA provides a forum for you to work on your own writing in different genres while being supported by published practitioners. The Writers' Workshop will encourage you to develop your writing 'voice' through engagement with fellow students across a range of genre (in fiction or creative non-fiction), while the Special Study module enables you to specialise in one genre, such as fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama or screen writing.

This MA aims to give you the knowledge and confidence to enter the cultural debate and to begin to identify outlets for your own writing.

What you will study

You will have the opportunity to develop your creative writing skills in general, or specialise in a chosen genre. You will also study literary criticism and theory and will look at the professional elements of writing, such as copy-editing and how to get your work published.


Portfolios of exercises, edited and revised creative writing with evidence of extensive drafting, essays, presentations, research projects, substantial piece of creative writing of publishable standard.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules

Creative Dissertation
Special Study: Workshops in Popular Genre Writing
Structure and Style
Ten Critical Challenges for Creative Writers
Writers' Workshop

All modules are core.

What this course offers you

If you choose to study this course, here are some of the things you can expect from the course and how it will benefit you.

The Creative Writing MA helps you to develop the craft of creative writing. You will have the opportunity to develop your creative writing skills in general, or specialise in a chosen genre.

The creative dissertation and critical essay give you the chance to further specialise. You also study topics in:
current criticism;
theory of popular literatures; and
the professional elements of writing - such as copy-editing and how to get your work published.

You work in workshops, studying one-on-one or in small groups with experts in your chosen area. The course is taught by a combination of:
appointed staff – many are published authors or active researchers, which keeps your learning dynamic. Current staff include author Vesna Goldsworthy and playwright Winsome Pinnock;
visiting professors – such as Peter Kemp, author and literary editor of the Sunday Times, and Richard Cohen, editor;
writers in residence – currently Hanif Kureshi, Paul Bailey, Maggie Gee and Liz Jenson;
guest speakers with expertise in publishing – including copy editors, producers, literary agents, reviewers and literary editors;
visiting writers – such as Beryl Bainbridge, Rhidian Brook and Will Self; and
peer review – giving you the chance to discuss your own and other students' work in a mutually-supportive environment.

This provides a range of different voices and styles to broaden your experience of the creative process.

This course is ideal if you have a personal or professional interest in the craft of creative writing. It is designed to enhance your career if you work in an area that needs an appreciation of the written word, such as publishing, journalism, teaching or communications.

The taught modules aim to prepare you for the job market. Alongside your creative writing studies, you gain skills in:
data collation, review and synopsis;
communication (oral, written and electronic);
time management;
computing; and
co-operation and teamwork.

You have the chance to contribute to Pages, which includes fiction, poetry, reviews and creative non-fiction, and Ripple, a showcase for cutting-edge poetry and prose. Both are edited by postgraduate creative writing students.

Serpent's Tail publishing house sponsors a Creative Writing MA prize. The winner receives a year's supply of Serpent's Tail books, plus serious consideration of their work for publication.

We offer a part-time study option to help you fit your MA around other commitments.

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with 7.0 in Writing. Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements may be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from one of the recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

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

(Student Profile)

Katerina Koulouri

"The main reason I've chosen the MA in Creative Writing at Kingston University is the variety of genres you can choose from on the course. I am writing poetry, but I wanted to get involved with people who are writing other things so I could experiment with different genres and learn from them too. The MA in Creative Writing not only gives you that opportunity, but also lets you choose workshops that reflect exactly your style of writing.

"One of the most useful parts of the course is the Elements of Professional Writing module, which focuses on the practical side of being a writer. It offers advice on everything from how to stay positive to how to present your work to get it published.

"By the end of this course I believe that I will have significantly improved my writing skills and that by being in contact with other writers I will have become more confident in presenting myself as a writer (thanks to the readings, feedback and advice from both tutors and students)."


Alumni discount - 20+ Awards

All undergraduate alumni qualify for 10% off postgraduate taught course fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)



All Kingston Undergraduate alumni will receive 10% off postgraduate course fees.

Application Procedure

Automatically assessed on application, please ensure you state that your undergraduate degree was awarded by Kingston University.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A second class degree or above, or equivalent, in creative writing, English literature, literature and language, drama or theatre studies or a similar subject; and/or a demonstrable interest in creative writing. You must also submit a 3,000-word sample of creative writing a personal statement (1,000 words) plus references.

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