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MA Creative Writing: Prose Fiction

The MA Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) is part-time – taught in the evenings, making it an ideal way to develop your creative potential whilst fitting around other commitments.

This MA is for talented writers seeking to develop their abilities through supported practice, study and debate. It aims to nurture your creative writing talents through a combination of workshops, seminars and tutorial supervision, and to encourage new writing within a supportive but critical community.

The course is underpinned by the principle that development in creative writing is achieved through practice coupled with theoretical consideration. You'll be given the time and support necessary to write, and also the opportunity to explore issues of craft through extensive reading, critical debate and writing exercises. You'll also be introduced to facets of the publishing industry and the workings of literary agencies. Guest speakers include novelists, literary agents and publishers.

You'll attend two-hour sessions every Thursday or Tuesday evenings during term-time. These sessions alternate between writing workshops and academic seminars exploring published texts. One other weekday evening is used, roughly fortnightly, for sessions on aspects of the writer's craft and research skills.

You'll also discuss your work with tutors in one-to-one tutorials, and there are two half-day Saturday conferences each year.


Fiction Workshops:

A series of two-hour workshops spread across the two years in which students' writing is discussed by the group with the emphasis on constructive criticism and support.

The Short Story:

A module offering an advanced analysis of the modern short story, exploring the nature of the genre and its formal techniques. Texts studied may include work by Katherine Mansfield, J. D. Salinger, Raymond Carver, Margaret Atwood, James Kelman and Rose Tremain.

Aspects of Craft:

A series of two-hour seminars focused on specific aspects of craft such as voice, character, dialogue, point of view, setting, and structure.

The Novel:

A module offering an exploration of the modern novel, considering the genre's tradition, narrative techniques and sources of inspiration. A range of novels will be considered alongside texts such as David Lodge's The Art of Fiction and Milan Kundera's The Art of the Novel.


A series of sessions focused on the presentation of one's writing on the page and in the flesh, and exploring routes to publication.

Research Methods:

A module exploring key skills in research for academic work.

Final Submission:

With guidance and supervision, you'll produce an extended piece of prose fiction for submission at the end of the programme. This work will build upon and develop the knowledge and understanding gained in the earlier taught courses and workshops.

Graduates of this MA have gone on to publish their work, pursue further study and develop careers in professional copywriting.


The 2015/16 tuition fees for this course are:

Per YearUK/EUOverseas




£2,375 (90 credits ) / £1,585 (60 credits)


The 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:

 UK/EUOverseas *




£2,450 (90 credits)/ £1,635 (60 credits)


Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated, and may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. The part-time fees quoted relate to courses taken over 2 years (90 credits per year) or 3 years (60 credits per year).

Students may self-fund their course or a Sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available. See further information about funding and scholarships or contact the International Office .

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Fiction submissions, critical essays and writing exercises.

All applicants must submit a piece of creative writing (between 2,000 and 4,000 words) with their application form, on the basis of which they will be selected for interview. This piece of work will be assessed as a guide to the candidate's potential on criteria such as: use of language, quality of observation and/or imagination, structure, thematic content.

You'll be expected to demonstrate a serious commitment to writing, and the necessary enthusiasm, experience and time to achieve a Masters degree. The Programme team positively seeks a body of students from a diverse range of backgrounds, ages and experience.

The next intake for the MA will be in October 2017. The deadline for applications is June 2017. Candidates should be available for interview.

For further information contact Katherine May.


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  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

  • Applicants will normally have a good first degree in any subject. Holders of other qualifications will be considered individually.



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