On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.
Cultural & Critical Influences: This unit will focus on 20th/21st century literature and its impact on writers and writing. You will explore the advent of Modernism and the influence which ideologies such as Nationalism, Socialism, the development of psychoanalysis and linguistics/semiotics had on the composition of texts across a variety of media.
Publishing Cultures: from Cuneiform to Kindle: Writers ought not to work in a historical vacuum, especially when it comes to the conditions of their own production and, by taking the long view of publishing, the opportunities presented by the closing of an industrial era can be more easily recognised and grasped. This unit will look to the past, but also explore how history is being made right now.
Marketing & PR for Writers: This unit will equip you with the knowledge and marketing skills needed by writers and publishers, regardless of the format. You will develop your own ‘brands’ online and will have the opportunity to work on real-life projects for Fresher Publishing, devising marketing and PR strategies to raise awareness/sales of the Fresher Writing Prize and the Fresher Writing anthology.
Design, Editing & Publishing: The aim of this unit is to enable you to evaluate and practice the significant processes of professional publishing. It seeks to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed by writers, editors and other professionals in the publishing industry by engaging in real publishing projects for Fresher Publishing, the university’s own publishing press.
Dissertation/Major Project:You may choose between:
- a purely theoretical, academic dissertation
- a major creative writing project supported by either a reflective or ‘route to publication’ rationale
By bringing together the skills, craft, theories, knowledge and critical insight you have developed during the programme, you will hone your individual strengths and establish lines of enquiry that may take you onto further doctoral study or into future careers.
Option units (choose two)*
Interactive Storytelling: Using a narratological and creative approach, you will study the development and nature of the art of storytelling in the context of digital-interactive media.
Writing Fiction: The creative writer must learn to critically examine their own work and the work of others. Here, in a workshop environment, you will develop your skills as a writer of prose fiction by developing your own writing and responding to critical feedback from your peers.
Writing Creative Non-Fiction: Creative Non-Fiction has become one of the most popular genres in the literary and publishing communities and this unit will explore the craft and devices of writing creative non-fiction, including literary techniques, style, substance, frame and focus, building blocks and storytelling.
The majority of assignments are all individual coursework, although the publishing semester will include group work. You will work on real-life publishing projects for the university’s publishing press, Fresher Publishing and will have the opportunity to be involved in the administration of The Fresher Writing Prize and New Media Writing Prize.
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An exciting and valuable part of your studies with us is the opportunity to undertake an appropriate three-week placement in the Spring vacation. This is optional and not assessed.
The Faculty of Media & Communication have a range of established, high-profile contacts which offer excellent placement opportunities.
Background and experience
For MA Creative Writing and Publishing we are looking for able, innovative, and articulate students who like to read as much as they like to write, and who will work well in a group, offering constructive criticism to their peers. Equally, you will be able to work independently, developing your own work in response to feedback from fellow students and tutors. You will also need to be commercially and digitally aware; ready to learn new publishing software and apply it to practical, real-life projects.
Admission to the course is based on your application form and a short portfolio of two different pieces of written work – maybe a short story and a piece of creative non-fiction or the first two chapters of your novel.
We may wish to explore this further by inviting you for an informal interview which could be in person or by Skype or telephone (depending on your location).
Please make sure your application stands out from the crowd and leaves us in no doubt why you want to study MA Creative Writing and Publishing at Bournemouth University.
For more information, take a look at our how to apply pages.
Full entry requirements
The normal requirements for embarking upon a postgraduate taught degree are:
- Qualification equivalent to a UK Honours degree 2:1 or above
Applicants for this course will be asked to supply a writing portfolio in support of their application, this should contain two examples of writing such as two chapters of a novel and a short story (maximum 5000 words).
Please note an interview may be required either in person or via Skype.
If you lack the formal academic qualifications needed to enter a postgraduate or post-experience degree, there are several alternative routes to follow - some based on experience. Contact the AskBU Enquiry Service for more information.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
- IELTS (Academic) 7.0 overall with 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in all other components or equivalent.
View further information about our English language requirements.
A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.
You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our study postgraduate entry requirements page.
In this course you will learn the advanced craft of creative writing plus the business and practice of publishing. You will also analyse cultural and critical influences on the writer and the industry. Learned skills will be put into practice in group publishing projects for the university’s own publishing press, Fresher Publishing.
This course will provide you with a wide range of skills for employment in the media and communication related industries including:
- Media writing
- Public relations
If you want to continue your studies after achieving your Master's, you can look into our range of doctoral programmes.
As part of the well respected School of Journalism, English and Communication at Bournemouth University, MA Creative Writing and Publishing students are immersed in a vibrant media culture and have access to an extraordinary range of multimedia facilities, including radio studios. This offers the potential for students to produce audio clips for their author websites (produced in the Marketing and PR unit) and even full length audio books.
You will be working on industry relevant software, including Indesign and Photoshop, and will also have the opportunity to use the university’s own software – Genarrator - for producing interactive narratives.