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Course summary

Based in the first UNESCO World City of Literature, this one-year, full-time taught Masters programme is tailored towards your practice in either fiction or poetry. There is a strong practical element to the programme, helping you develop your creative skills through:

  • workshops
  • presenting your work for peer discussion
  • hearing from guest writers and other professionals on the practicalities of life as a writer
You will also sharpen your critical skills through:
  • seminars exploring the particulars of your chosen form
  • option courses in literature, helping you move from theoretical considerations to practical applications
The programme culminates with the publication of ‘From Arthur’s Seat,’ an anthology of student work. Why Edinburgh Literature has been taught here for over 250 years, and today Edinburgh thrives on its designation as the first UNESCO World City of Literature. The city is home to the National Library of Scotland and the Scottish Poetry Library, and a number of celebrated publishing outlets, from Canongate and Polygon, to Luath Press, Birlinn and Mariscat. The University hosts the prestigious James Tait Black Awards, established in 1919 and one of the oldest literary prizes in Britain. There are lots of opportunities to write and share your work, from ‘The Student,’ the UK’s oldest student newspaper (founded in 1887 by Robert Louis Stevenson), to The Selkie, which was founded by Creative Writing students in 2018 to showcase work by people who self-identify as underrepresented. Around the city, you will find:
  • library readings and bookshop launches
  • spoken word gigs
  • cabaret nights
  • poetry slams
We team teach our programme so that you benefit from the input of a range of tutors, as well as your fellow students and our Writer in Residence, the poet and author Michael Pedersen, who also co-ordinates a range of student writing prizes and our annual industry and networking event. The academic staff you will be working with are all active researchers or authors, including well-published and prize-winning writers of poetry, prose fiction and drama. They include:
  • Dr Jane Alexander - Fiction
  • Dr Lynda Clark
  • Dr Patrick Errington - Poetry/Fiction
  • Dr Miriam Gamble - Poetry
  • Professor Alan Gillis - Poetry
  • Dr Jane McKie - Poetry
  • Dr Allyson Stack - Fiction
  • Kim Sherwood - Fiction
  • Alice Thompson - Fiction


See our website for detailed programme information.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for individual programmes vary, so please check the details for the specific programme you wish to apply for on our website. You will also need to meet the University’s language requirements.

Fees and funding

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Creative Writing at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS