The School of Arts and Humanities
Why choose this course?
This MA is suitable for writers interested in exploring and developing their own creative work in a lively community of other writers and teachers.
At the heart of the course are small group workshops and a series of seminars by staff, visiting writers, publishers and professors including internationally acclaimed screenwriter William Ivory and poet Sujata Bhatt among many others.
Other guest speakers include the likes of David Almond, Geoff Dyer, Michael Eaton, Alan Hollinghurst, Kathleen Jamie, Alan Jenkins, Jackie Kay, Jonathan Lethem, David Lodge, Jon McGregor, Michèle Roberts and Miranda Seymour. Establishing important links with the publishing and editing industries, students work closely with staff and visiting speakers to develop their work to an excellent standard.
The unique flexibility of the course enables students to work in a variety of genres including fiction, poetry, children's and young adult fiction, and writing for radio, stage and screen and creative non-fiction. Every year our students produce and publish their own high-quality anthology of original creative writing. This gives students invaluable insights into the editorial and publishing industry, as well as introducing their work to a wider public. Students also have the opportunity to build strong links with Nottingham's thriving literature community and are invited to participate in local events, readings and festivals.
Postgraduate open event
We hold postgraduate open events throughout the year. Find out more and book a place.
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General course enquiries
Telephone: +44(0)115 848 4200
Visit the School of Arts and Humanities website for more information.
The MA in Creative Writing is organised into four modules:
- Core module – Writing: Theory and Practice
- Option One
- Option Two
The optional modules are:
- Writing for Radio, Stage and Screen
- Children's and Young Adult Fiction.
Part-time students complete the core module and their first option in Year One, and the dissertation and their second option in Year Two. (Modules run subject to demand, but it's very unusual for them not to run.)
The course invites you to develop your writing strengths by providing a framework within which you can discuss your own and each other's work. It is suitable for students with a talent for and commitment to creative writing. Ideally, students will also have some prior experience of workshopping - though openness to the workshopping process is enough.
The core course consists of a series of lectures and seminars on different aspects of the writing process, with optional modules incorporating practical writing workshops. Students currently choose two options from Fiction, Children's and Young Adult Fiction, Poetry and Writing for Radio, Stage and Screen. Other options may be available.
The core course regularly hosts talks and readings by writers. Guests have included:
- David Almond
- Neil Arksey
- Carole Blake
- Jenny Diski
- Joe Dunthorne
- Geoff Dyer
- Michael Eaton
- Alan Hollinghurst
- Kathryn Hughes
- Jackie Kay
- Melanie McGrath
- Jon McGregor
- Hamish Macoll
- Kate Mosse
- Peter Porter
- Alan Sillitoe
- Amanda Whittington.
Writers from the English department also contribute to the MA as do agents, editors and other writing professionals.
Students take the core module, two options and a dissertation (part-time students do the second option and dissertation in their second year). There are two assignments in each option.
Creative Writing and Critical/Creative Writing PhD supervision is also available. We have a thriving PhD community and specialisms across creative writing and English literature.
Learn a new language
Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.
Learning a new language can:
- enhance your communication skills
- enrich your experience when travelling abroad
- boost your career prospects.
Find out more about the ULP.
The unique flexibility of the course enables students to work in a variety of genres including fiction, poetry, children's and young adult fiction, writing for radio, stage and screen, and creative non-fiction. Advice on getting published and lectures on the writing industry are incorporated into the structure of the course, and there are opportunities to meet publishers, editors and agents. Students are encouraged to build strong links with Nottingham's thriving literature community and are invited to participate in local events, readings and festivals.
Every year our students produce and publish their own high-quality anthology of original creative writing. This gives students invaluable insight into the editorial and publishing industry, as well as introducing their work to a wider public.
Many recent graduates have acquired agents and publishing deals.
Although this course does not offer a formal placement, it is vocationally focused and many recent graduates have acquired agents and publishing deals.
- A good honours degree (minimum 2.2); applications are primarily assessed on the quality of the writing sample and statement
- Submit a 3000-word creative writing sample, OR c. 100 lines of poetry, OR an equivalent mixture of poetry and prose/script.
- Evidence in personal statement of a commitment to writing
- This course is within the School of Arts and Humanities. Check out the English language requirements for International and EU students.
How to apply
Applications should be made online using the apply online button at the top of the page.
Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes (PEAP)
We offer PEAP courses for international students who need to improve their language skills before starting an NTU course. Our courses range from 6 to 30 weeks depending on your ability and the English language level you need to achieve. Watch our PEAP film to find out more.
If you are an international student, find out more about applying for a postgraduate course.
General course enquiries
Telephone: +44(0)115 848 4200
Kim talks about what she has gained from her time on the MA Creative Writing course and how it has helped her to become a published writer...
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