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MA Creative Writing & Publishing

Course Description

Still accepting applications for 2016/17

This programme is for you if you are already a committed writer looking to complete the first draft of a novel. You are keen to further develop your writing and research skills and learn about the publishing process and the role of the professional author in today's publishing environment. Learn from professional authors with extensive creative writing teaching experience and visiting industry professionals. Workshops include experimental collaboration with artists working in other disciplines at West Dean. Intensive study blocks foster an immersive atelier-style experience within the College's School of Creative Arts and allows for self-determination in independent practice.

::What to expect::

- Explore literary fiction in its varied forms
- Develop your writing, editing and critical skills
- Complete a first draft of up to 60,000 words in year one
- Redraft the first chapter of your novel for publication in a specially produced anthology
- Gain hands-on experience of the publishing process
- Learn how to build your author profile

::Learning environment::

- Attend 12 three-day intensive blocks of workshops, lectures and tutorials (over two years)
- High tutor: student ratio
- Intensive workshops
- Creative interdisciplinary environment
- Guest lectures from publishing industry professionals

Programme Aims


1. Provide facilities and support through which students can further develop their skills and fluency
to an advanced level as accomplished creative writing practitioners, gaining a comprehensive
understanding of techniques applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship

2. Provide access to facilities, workshops and expertise for the development of work relating to the
individual student’s approach and intentions

3. Develop practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used
and demonstrate originality in the application and transformation of source material


1. Encourage innovative approaches to writing and publishing through which conceptual ideas are
tested and informed by experimentation and practical research in writing and other creative

2. Provide a stimulating environment of theoretical enquiry, which encourages critical evaluation
and advanced scholarship and practice in creative writing and publishing

3. Foster a climate of critical debate within which theoretical, cultural, historical, philosophical and
interdisciplinary perspectives are explored, compared and utilised in order to develop objectivity
skills essential to creative writing practice


1. Evaluate methodologies relating to writing and publishing practice and, where appropriate, propose
new and original strategies

2. Consolidate a systematic understanding of knowledge and critical awareness of current problems
and/or new insights in current writing and publishing practice

3. Consolidate students' aptitude for professional practice, research and employment by encouraging
independence and self-management in addressing problems, as well as planning and implementing

4. Educate students to possess independence, self-reliance, as well as promotional enterprise skills,
motivated toward future learning, practice or employment


Immerse yourself in the enriched learning environment of the College, with exposure to artists in other disciplines, access to 300+ short courses and use of the on-site Art and Conservation Library with thousands of specialist books, journals and databases.

Visit the MA Creative Writing & Publishing page on the West Dean College website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good honours degree in English. Candidates with a relevant portfolio and alternative accredited learning are also invited to apply.

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