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Course summary

Study creative writing at Keele and you’ll join a thriving, close-knit and passionate community of academics, published writers, students and researchers. We share the same goals: to develop our creative and professional skills as a writer, build connections, support and inspire each other. Many of our graduates – ‘Keelites’ – have gone on to become successful novelists, authors, biographers and poets, including Stoke’s first poet laureate and winner of the Roy Fisher Prize. They’ve helped set up community-based literary festivals, artist in residence initiatives and even brought poetry to the masses via a car boot sale and a travelling ambulance. Why choose this course?

  • High staff-to-student ratio enhanced by small-group tutorials and a strong, inclusive research community
  • Vibrant creative culture with extensive calendar of poetry, creative writing, broader performance and exhibition activities organised through ArtsKeele
  • Keele Creative Writing Anthology lets you meet and hear live readings from published award-winning poets and novelists
  • Workshops with tutors and peers throughout the course facilitate continuous feedback, providing opportunities to edit and revise your work before final submission
  • Contribute to events, publications, workshops, competitions and short courses, broadening your experience
In our modern, uncertain and ever-changing world, words – written or spoken – are needed perhaps now more than ever to help us share experiences, process thoughts and feelings, and fuel our imagination. The MA Creative Writing course at Keele brings together a strong community of published and aspiring writers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and storytelling who, like you, appreciate the potential power of words and have embarked on a journey of self-expression. If you are looking to write, publish or share creative material, this course is designed to advance your writing abilities and boost your confidence, helping you learn more about the critical and intellectual context in which your work is situated and build a professional portfolio. For those with the beginnings of book in mind, it can help you refine your manuscript and even set you on your path to publication. About Keele Keele University was established in 1949 by the former Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University. Founded to meet the needs of a changing world, Keele has always had a pioneering vision to be a different kind of university. We excel in both teaching and research, with some of the most satisfied students in England, and research that is changing lives for the better at a regional, national and global level. Our beautiful 600-acre campus is one of the biggest in Britain – but all the most important services and facilities are on your doorstep, with accommodation, teaching spaces, facilities including a medical centre, sports centre and pharmacy, and a range of shops, eateries and entertainment venues – including the Students’ Union – clustered around the centre.


For information regarding modules for this course, please visit the course page on the Keele University website.

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to have a degree at least 2.2 or above. You will be required to submit a portfolio of work to the admissions tutor. A high quality portfolio will take precedence over a 1st degree and may be taken as evidence of APEL. The portfolio should consist of 10-15 poems and/or 5,000-6,000 words of prose. If your portfolio is considered of sufficient quality, the admissions tutor will pass it on to one of the creative writing tutors specialising in your chosen genre. That tutor will then recommend an interview, on which the final decision will be based. Up to 30 credits from a comparable programme may be taken as APCL. International students who don't have English as a first language will need an overall IELTS score of 6.5.

Fees and funding

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Additional fee information

Information relating to the tuition fees and funding options for this course can be viewed on the Keele University website.
Creative Writing at Keele University - UCAS