I am so glad that I am undertaking the Creative Writing MA. For me, it is the perfect way to work towards writing and publishing my work while enjoying the process. I know I’m in excellent hands.Amanda
Our experienced team of published authors will build on your passion for writing. Together we’ll hone your craft and help you find a unique voice.
We’ll also develop your understanding of the publishing industry and show you how to access it.
The course is designed with a flexible approach to learning. Many of our students are adult learners who have been writing independently for a while, and are now ready to take the next steps towards a writing career.
The Creative Writing MA at Canterbury Christ Church offers a stimulating course with a commercial edge, taught by experienced tutors who are successful writers themselves. We believe that all writers need a core toolkit of skills, but we also understand that our students often want to specialise in an area of writing about which they’re passionate. That’s why we offer pathways that allow you to explore subgenres within Fiction, Writing for Children and Creative Non-Fiction, supported by subject specialists.
Applicants are assessed on a 2,000 word creative writing portfolio. Undergraduate degree in relevant subject at 2:2 or above.
Applicants should state their preferred area - Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction or Writing for Children - on application.
If English is not your first language you require an IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no element below 6.0.
The course is aimed at adults who are passionate about writing and want to hone their craft while developing an understanding of the publishing market. Unlike traditional MAs, our online materials are designed for flexible study, allowing students to learn at times that suit them. This MA may appeal to recent graduates who wish to specialise further in their chosen writing practice, or to adult learners who have been writing independently for a while, and are now ready to take the next steps towards a writing career. We are proud to work with many mature students and with writers from different educational backgrounds.
Students completing this MA could go on to a practice-based PhD, or could undertake a teaching qualification to take their practice into a school, FE or HE setting.
This course is taught through a combination of intensive Study Days, distance-learning and tutorials (in person or online). Students will receive over 150 hours of teaching over the duration of their course, and are expected to supplement this with independent study. Our online Virtual Learning Environment enables students to interact with each other and their tutors, allowing a lively culture to develop, even at a distance. The MA in Creative Writing is tutored by published writers who continue to actively practice their craft.
Our team of tutors will help you to develop your creative practice and find your unique writing voice.Sonia OverallProgramme Director
This course is assessed solely through coursework, including creative writing portfolios, critical essays and a reading of the student’s own work. There are no examinations. Students are encouraged to develop their own assignment titles as far as possible, developing their own practice in a focused way. The final Creative Writing Portfolio allows students to dive deep into their chosen genre, presenting the opening chapters of a full-length book (fiction or non-fiction) or a collection of shorter pieces.
Graduates of this course will most likely be aiming to develop their writing practice with publication in mind. We aim to give students the critical toolkit and industry understanding to present their work to editors, publishers and agents by the end of the course. Other potential careers include teaching and working in communications media, or progressing on to study at MPhil/ PhD level.
The MA Creative Writing was a challenging, engaging course that exposed me to new classic fiction, helped me hone my own writing, contribute to the development of other writers, and I made some friends besides!IanPublished author
Government loans of up to £11,222 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2020. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.
The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can email the Student Fees Team or call 01227 923 948.
We offer alumni discounts on CCCU Postgraduate Taught, PGCE Primary and Secondary, and Masters by Research courses for eligible students.
Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.
There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2021/22 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.