Creative Writing

Bar Ilan University

M.A. On Campus
24 months
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The Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Bar Ilan University is a magnet for English-speaking Israelis, as well as Jews and non-Jews from around the world. The two-year Program, housed in the Department of English at Bar-Ilan University, offers an MA in English Literature with specializations in Literary Fiction, Poetry or Creative Nonfiction.


Located on the outskirts of Tel Aviv and only an hour's bus ride from Jerusalem, Bar-Ilan University enjoys a diverse student body. The Creative Writing program is offered at Bar Ilan University.

Students range in age and come from all over the world. Though the specialization explores the long tradition between Judaism and writing, there are no agendas, only the pursuit of good writing. Our students and visiting writers often experience their time studying with us as a life-changing period.

We organize biennial conferences and sponsor informal gatherings with writers in Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv

Programme Structure

  • Students in the fiction track are required to take three graduate creative writing workshops and three graduate literature seminars over the course of two years.* During their first year, they will take the William Solomon Jewish Arts Seminar. During their second year, fiction students may take one graduate creative nonfiction workshop or one poetry workshop with the permission of the instructor. 
  • Students in the poetry track are required to take three to four graduate workshops in their genre over two years. They are also required to participate in the William Solomon Jewish Arts Seminar during their first year in the Program. In addition, they must take two or three graduate literature seminars.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

All applicants must have a Bachelor of Arts degree or equivalent. Students who did not major in English literature or a related field as undergraduates or graduates may be asked to take up to four prerequisite courses (hashlamot) from the Department of English Literature and Linguistics. 

Tuition Fee

Each year the cost of the MA degree is determined by the Government of Israel since Bar-Ilan is a public university


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Creative Writing
Bar Ilan University