Creative Writing (First Novel) at St Mary's University, Twickenham - UCAS

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Course summary

Why study Creative Writing: First Novel? Our Creative Writing: First Novel Master's degree works with a very small cohort. This means you'll receive one-to-one tuition on a far more regular basis compared to many other Creative Writing postgraduate courses. Here, you will be personally guided through the journey of your first draft, rather than being another student at the back of a large class. Teaching is practical and focused on developing the tools needed for the production of a first novel draft. No short stories, no poetry, no screenplay, just your novel. Your novel deserves a tutor that understands all - not just some of its parts - and you deserve a tutor who will coach not just the first draft of your novel, but also the development of your creative process.


Modules include: reading like a writer; writing workshop 1 (voice); structure and plotting; writing workshop 2 (structure); assessment draft.

Assessment method

Each module produces a creative element of your draft which will be assessed. In the seminar modules, you will also be assessed by presentation to the group. One-to-one tutorial feedback and support is essential for the writer aiming to complete a productive draft in just one year. In formal assessment, each module will produce a mixture of creative submission to deadline, workshop engagement, critical reflection and seminar presentation. The weight of marking always rests with creative submission and the aim is to complete a draft of a novel through continuous assessment.

Entry requirements

A good first degree and 5,000-word sample submission are required for entry. We require 5,000 words prose in the first instance and a synopsis idea for a novel. The tutors will then assess the work and if at the required level will offer an interview. Those who are successful at interview are welcome to then formally apply. The individual journey that you want to take is important and so that we can meet expectations candidates will be selected by interview and primarily on the strength of their work. This is a particularly focused degree and we are looking for candidates who have written in short form but never attempted a novel, or who have written a work of novel-length but want to start again and improve their working practice.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £15750 Year 1
England £7950 Year 1
Scotland £7950 Year 1
Wales £7950 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7950 Year 1
International £15750 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Creative Writing (First Novel) at St Mary's University, Twickenham - UCAS