Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University - UCAS

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Course summary

A specialist creative writing MA for writers for children and young adults, taught by published authors.

  • Taught by published children’s and young adult authors with a wealth of industry experience.
  • Small-group workshops and one-to-one tutorials lie at the heart of this course.
  • Over 70 alumni are now traditionally published authors.
This specialist creative writing MA is designed for writers for children, teenagers and young adults who aim to complete a novel, series of picture books or shorter stories for young children. Taught by published writers for children and young people and by publishing professionals, this practical course will help you refine your craft while learning about the interaction of creative and business considerations in the modern publishing industry. This course is available both on campus and online so you can work in the way that suits you best.


Trimester one The first Context module explores the main categories of books published for children and young people, with a focus on reading as a writer and on understanding your audience at the different stages of childhood and adolescence. We consider a wide range of texts from picture books and chapter books to middle grade and young adult novels; verse novels and some narrative non-fiction are also included. The first Writing Workshop module is an opportunity to explore various aspects of the craft of writing for children and young people. This module focuses on experimentation, trying new things and developing your range, working with your tutor and your peers to test and try out your own ideas. Trimester two The second Writing Workshop module enables you to continue to experiment and to develop your skills as a writer, and to start to focus more on your final manuscript project. The second Context module considers the realities of the children’s publishing industry, publishing as a business and the practicalities involved in turning a manuscript into a book. In addition to looking at the work of agents, editors, sales teams, rights professionals, marketing teams and publicists, you'll develop the professional skills all working authors need to position and promote their own work. Trimester three The Manuscript module involves working on a one to one basis with a tutor to develop, draft, edit and revise your major project – part of a full-length novel, or a collection of pieces.

Assessment method

You'll be assessed through a range of tasks, including creative portfolios, samples of work-in-progress, reflective commentaries, a selection of publishing-focused pieces, and your manuscript submissions – this might be a portion of a novel, or a selection of picture/chapter books or other short works.

Entry requirements

Most applicants will have an undergraduate degree however we're willing to look at applications from those with non-traditional academic or work backgrounds who meet the criteria summarised above. It's not necessary to have a degree in English, Creative Writing or related disciplines; your engagement with children’s and Young Adult literature as a reader and writer is more important than the field of previous study.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £4528 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4528 Year 1
Scotland £4528 Year 1
Wales £4528 Year 1
Channel Islands £4528 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £4528 Year 1
EU £8883 Year 1
International £8883 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University - UCAS