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Creative Writing and Publishing MA

Course Description

Choose Kingston's Creative Writing and Publishing MA

With very few budding writers making a living from writing alone, this course offers creative writers the chance to learn not only the craft of writing, but also current trends in publishing from world-renowned professionals. It offers the opportunity to develop a creative writing portfolio at the same time as getting to grips with how the publishing process works.

Key features

As well as benefiting from teaching staff who have practical experience of working in publishing and/or creative writing industries, this MA also benefits from a thriving literary and academic community. For more information, visit http://www.kingstonwritingschool.com.

We offer a series of masterclasses across the disciplines.

We have exceptional links with major publishers, such as Hachette Penguin Random House, Bloomsbury and Macmillan; and you will have the opportunity to enter your work into competitions sponsored by The Bookseller magazine and Faber and Faber.

Bursaries are available for students working on our literary magazine Ripple and our Kingston Publishing blog. There are also opportunities to work on live projects for Kingston University Press.

What you will study?

The creative writing element of this course is workshop-led and, in the second semester, you will be given the opportunity to specialise in the genre of your choice, be it poetry, drama or children's fiction.

The publishing element focuses on marketing-led commercial and trade publishing, and the modules you study will help you to understand the structure of the industry and the core skills required to enter.

You can choose to write an academic dissertation to demonstrate your analytical skills and competence, or undertake a major practical publishing project as your final assessment. If you choose to take your dissertation in creative writing, you will write an extensive piece of creative writing accompanied by critical essay; you will be supervised by a professional writer.

Course structure

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

Core modules

Create: The Business of Publishing
Special Study: Workshops in Popular Genre Writing
Writers' Workshop

Optional modules

Creative Dissertation
Practical Publishing Project
Publishing Dissertation
Do: Work Placements, Networking and Career Planning
Make: Content Development and Production
Share: Strategic Marketing and Sales


Essays, reports, presentations, briefs, research projects, and portfolios.

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 MA in Creative Writing and Publishing offers those who want to work with words a chance to develop their creative writing portfolio at the same time as getting to grips with the industry in which they wish to publish their work.

You will benefit from excellent links with the publishing industry and opportunities to work with leading creative writers in residence such as Hanif Kureishi, Maggie Gee, Paul Bailey and Rachel Cusk.

All teaching staff have practical experience of working in either publishing or creative writing industries (and many have worked in both).

We also run a high-profile series of master classes across the disciplines.

You will have opportunities to work on the literary magazine Ripple and the postgraduate newsletter Pages.

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 and Publishing MA page on the Kingston University website for more details!

Student Profiles

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

We normally expect applicants to have:a second class degree or above in a related subject; and/ora demonstrative 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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