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Creative Writing, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
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This Creative Writing course offered by Bath Spa University will help you to bring a novel, book of poems, book of short stories or work of non-fiction as near to publishable quality as possible.

About

On this Creative Writing course offered by Bath Spa University you’ll develop your writing and build up a substantial body of work. Weekly workshops are taught by a strong team of published writers, and there are regular visits by literary agents, publishers, magazine editors and broadcasters, as well as other writers.

You’ll learn:

  • To plan a manuscript (a novel, collection of short stories, collection of poems or book of literary non-fiction) and complete it, or a substantial part of it, brought to publishable quality or as near as possible.
  • To understand literary form, style and genre, as relevant to your chosen form of writing
  • To acquire a variety of relevant writing techniques, and research techniques to support writing, and adapt them to your particular creative project.
  • To understand and respond creatively to questions arising from the subject-matter, themes, genres, traditions and other literary contexts with which your chosen manuscript is engaged.
  • To receive and give precise and sensitive critical feedback in workshop groups and one-to-one tutorials.
  • To respond creatively to feedback provided by tutors and other students, adapting that feedback to your particular vision of your book.
  • To understand choices and opportunities relevant to your chosen manuscript, including questions of how to place your work, and the role of agents, publishers and editors.

Opportunities

Past students have:

  • Been awarded excellent contracts for novels
  • Been long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, Orange Prize, Costa Prize and the Guardian First Book Award
  • Received the Betty Trask Prize, Manchester Book Award, a WH Smith New Talent Award, and the Janklow and Nesbit Prize. 
  • Reached the bestseller lists.

Student poets have had their poetry accepted for publication in numerous literary journals, including Ambit, Magma, London Magazine, Poetry Wales, PN Review and The Reader, among others, and have been placed in such competitions as the Bridport, the Frogmore, Mslexia, and Writers Inc. Janklow and Nesbit Ltd, a leading literary agency, awards an annual prize for the best novel or novel in progress by a student on the course.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Professional Skills Workshop (Prose or Poetry)
  • Prose Workshop Two
  • Poetry Workshop Two
  • Writing and Gender
  • Writing and the Environment
  • The Poet’s Eye
  • Writing and Politics
  • The Writer and Place
  • The Short Story
  • Contemporary American Writing
  • Modernism and Postmodernism
  • Narrative Non-Fiction
  • The Love Story
  • Storyworlds: Writing for Digital Media
  • Historical Fiction
  • Writing Now
  • The Creative Writing Workshop
  • Spoken Word: The Power of Speech
  • Story and Writer Development
  • The Manuscript

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    75

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • We offer places on the course on the basis of your portfolio of creative writing and an interview, which for overseas applicants may be by telephone or Skype. We are looking for writers of prose fiction (any genre), poetry or literary non-fiction whom we consider to have the potential to publish their work in the near future.
  • The portfolio you provide should consist of no more than twenty pages of prose fiction, poetry or literary non-fiction, or a combination of these. It is most helpful if the portfolio includes the kind of writing you wish to develop on the course.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14300 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7600 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Funding

Bath Spa University offers a range of scholarship opportunities for high-achieving international students who would gain from studying in the UK. 

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