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MA Creative Writing and Publishing

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  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions, Part-Time

This forward-thinking and industry-relevant MA offers creative writers the opportunity to not only develop advanced writing skills, but also a solid understanding of the different ways in which writers can now engage with the publishing industry.

Offering both full-time and part-time routes, this innovative MA equips you with the knowledge and skills to take your writing into the commercial marketplace in both print and digital formats. You will develop creative writing across a variety of forms, with a focus on transmedia storytelling and the skills to independently publish your work working as a publisher; learning and applying skills in editing, PR and marketing (including digital marketing), design, production, and budgeting. 

You will also analyse the cultural and critical influences on the writer and publishing industry, as well as your own practice, thus honing the skills, knowledge and understanding to progress to further research at doctoral level, if desired.  

By the end of the course, graduates will be able to write creatively and effectively, to publishable standard, for a variety of different audiences and media. Central to the MA is the university’s own publishing press, Fresher Publishing, which provides you with the opportunity to work on real-life publishing projects.

You can also engage with the university’s annual international creative writing competitions: The Fresher Writing Prize for emerging voices in fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction, and the New Media Writing Prize for stories that integrate a variety of formats, platforms and digital media.

Tutors on the MA are not only experienced writers/practitioners, but have also acquired Master’s degrees and/or doctorates in Creative Writing or English themselves, and thus are proven in their ability to teach, encourage and support you as you develop your work to Master’s and, hopefully, publishable quality. Our academics are supported by prestigious guest tutors from the world of writing and publishing.

Key information

Next start date:

January 2019, September 2019

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

1 year full-time (September start); 17 months full-time (January start); 2 years part-time

Required subjects:

Communication, Creative Writing, English, Literacy, Cultural Studies, Film

Entry requirements:

For 2019 entry: A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in a required subject. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

Course details

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.

Download the programme specification (pdf 186kb)

Your application

Entry requirements

Careers

On 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.

Costs and fees

You can find full information about the deposits required and how to pay your fees in our postgraduate fees and funding section, including details of the new Postgraduate Loans Scheme, offering up to £10,000 of support (subject to fee status).

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course.

Find out more about living expenses for postgraduate students

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