MA Creative Writing at Winchester offers students the opportunity to improve their creative writing in a dynamic, constructive environment. The programme is supported by teaching staff who are all professional writers. Students study both classic and current literature, allowing them to explore different styles and genres while gaining a critical foundation for their own writing. Furthermore, students learn about the publishing world, aiming to understand where their work fits in the constantly changing publishing market. Students have opportunities to meet agents, editors and other published writers. The structure of the programme enables students to focus on one or more genres (for example, fiction, creative non-fiction, scriptwriting or poetry) during their coursework. Throughout the programme, students write their own creative work while reading contemporary and classic literature. Students begin with a module that focuses on writing fiction alongside a module that explores the term research and what it means for a writer - this forms a creative and critical foundation for their writing. Before progressing and selecting an optional genre module, students look outward at the market in the core Publishing Project module, which features readings and seminars with six writers, agents and editors each semester. Students develop a writing project which may explore a newer form, such as a blog, or a more traditional format, such as a short story and covering letter to a literary magazine. They also undertake the Independent Study Preparation module which is designed to prepare the students for the rigour of a longer-form creative piece. The programme culminates with a creative dissertation known as the Independent Study.
Further information about the core and optional modules for this programme are available from the individual course pages on the University of Winchester website.
Normally a first or second-class Honours degree or professional experience in the area of study. Applicants are required to submit a sample of their creative writing. (Continuing students who have achieved a first or upper second-class degree in BA Creative Writing or BA Creative & Professional Writing at the University of Winchester are not required to submit a sample of their creative writing).
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||An overall score of 6.0, including 5.5 in writing is required. If you require Student Visa sponsorship, you will require a minimum of 5.5 in all 4 components.|
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9550||Whole course|
|Channel Islands||£9550||Whole course|
|Republic of Ireland||£9550||Whole course|