If you’re an ambitious practising writer (whether published or not), this award-winning MA run by professional writers will develop your writing skills by providing the space and stimulus to write within an imaginative, challenging and supportive community.
One of the largest and most comprehensive of its type in Europe, the programme will enable you to develop the appropriate skills to enter employment in areas heavily focused on the written word. Our Warwick Writing Programme provides you with excellent links to other writers, publishing houses, literary journals and agencies, and organisations such as the Arts Council, PEN and the Royal Literary Fund. We also have strong relationships with other creative writing schools, both in Britain and in the USA.
Many of our postgraduates enter the writing industry as professional writers, freelance journalists, editors, copywriters and publishers, and others progress into teaching, marketing and administration.
MA in Writing
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I studied BA English Literature & Creative Writing at Warwick, then carried on to do the MA in Writing. I now work as an editor for a publishing house in Farnham but I am an aspiring writer with short stories published in a number of literary anthologies.
The four years I spent at Warwick were among the most formative and inspiring years anyone could ask for. I don't want to sound too much like I've just stepped out of the Dead Poet's Society, but it's genuinely difficult to overstate how good the English department at Warwick is: with engaging lectures and seminars and stimulating course material and reading lists. I based my MA dissertation on my grandfather's memoirs, which detail his experiences as a medical officer in the Second World War, and explored the relationship between memoir writing, human memory and the concept of 'truth' and fiction. Studying an MA gives you the freedom to work really hard at something you find incredibly interesting. This isn't to romanticise the experience, because it involves a lot of painstaking effort and thinking really hard about something for a prolonged period of time: days and weeks and months of going to bed and waking up with a kind of slow fire urgency and the feeling of having to get this impossible number of thoughts down on paper because they sometimes seem so ephemeral and fleeting. And it’s hard to look back on those words and realise they're not quite right, or not articulated clearly or just a sign you've drunk too much coffee. It’s an education you don't necessarily get the chance to experience in the day-in-day-out repetition of a society that does little more than tell us to go out and get things for ourselves and gratify ourselves and just 'go' all the time, without giving us the time to think hard and listen carefully and read and learn.
The course structures and the facilities available to MA students are excellent, but that's something you can read in online brochures. And it wasn't because of facilities or a course structure that I decided to continue with my MA at Warwick. I knew I was making the right choice in studying the MA at Warwick because I'd seen how good the system was from my undergrad years. Thinking about it, I'm not sure there was any other choice that would have made sense.
The English department at Warwick is committed to attracting the best MA students, regardless of their financial circumstances, and therefore has made available two full UK fee awards (or equivalent towards overseas fees) for 2016 entry. There will also be some smaller awards of up to £2000 for candidates who come as runners-up in the main competition. You will automatically be considered for these.You must already be accepted to the MA before applying for a bursary. Those who want to have a chance to apply for a bursary are strongly advised to submit a complete admissions application by 1st April 2016. The deadline for submitting a bursary application is 23.59(GMT) on 22nd April 2016.
Value of Scholarship(s)
Full UK fees (or equivalent sum towards overseas fees)
Any student who has been accepted for a full-time MA in the department is eligible to apply. Awards are made solely on academic merit and are very competitive. Please let [email protected] know by email if you wish to be considered for an award.
At the earliest opportunity, applicants should let the graduate secretary, [email protected], know that they wish to be considered for the competition.