|Study location||United Kingdom, Colchester Campus|
|Type||Master courses, full-time|
|Nominal duration||1 year|
|Tuition fee||£14,950 per year|
Undergraduate diploma (or higher)
an overall grade of 2:2 and above
The entry qualification documents are accepted in any language
IELTS: 7.0 overall (with a minimum component score of 5.5 except for 6.5 in writing)
At least 1 reference(s) must be provided.
Reference should be written on official letterhead, signed and dated. Please upload it in the Documents section.
Our challenging, practice-based course offers you a unique approach to the practice of writing, emphasising innovation and experimentation in your work.
On our MA Creative Writing, you deepen your knowledge of literary tradition, exploring different modes and genres in order to develop your own creative and expressive written skills. You expand your use of creative writing techniques and improve your critical judgement of your own work.
Our course encourages you to develop your writing by stepping outside your comfort zone and discovering the different approaches to verbal art that are possible today. This will invigorate your own practice, whether you are writing psychogeography, plays, novels, stories or something else. You will choose from a variety of modules, covering topics such as:
- Development of a novel plan, from research and concept-development, to plotting, character, and structure
- Experimental language play of the Oulipo group across the short story, autobiography, cartoons, cookery and theatre
- Relating magic to writing and creativity, both in theory and in practice
- Psychogeography, writing about walking, place, landscape, history and the psychic environment
- Poetic practice across experimental writing in poetry from the performative to the visual
To help you hone your craft, we also host two Royal Literary Fund Fellows, professional writers on-hand to help you develop your writing on a one-to-one basis, and regularly host talks and readings by visiting writers.
Essex has nurtured a long tradition of distinguished authors whose work has shaped literature as we know it today, from past giants such as the American poets Robert Lowell and Ted Berrigan, to contemporary writers such as mythographer and novelist Dame Marina Warner, and Booker Prize winner Ben Okri.
We are ranked Top 20 in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2015, and three-quarters of our research is rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014).
Research Methods in Literary and Cultural Analysis
Creative Writing Workshop
Writing the Novel (optional)
Memory Maps: Practices in Psychogeography (optional)
The Tale: Tellings and Re-Tellings (optional)
Writing, Poetry, Performance (optional)
Writing Magic (optional)
A number of our Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies graduates have gone on to undertake successful careers as writers, and others are now established as scholars, university lecturers, teachers, publishers, publishers’ editors, journalists, arts administrators, theatre artistic directors, drama advisers, and translators.