9 months
3475 GBP/module
2250 GBP/module
Tuition fee
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Building on skills learned at undergraduate level or as a practising writer, this MA Creative Writing part 1 module from The Open University UK helps to harness your individual strengths, helping you to generate and develop ideas. 

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In the MA Creative Writing part 1  module from The Open University UK , you'll build a disciplined practice of writing in a genre of your choice (fiction, poetry, scriptwriting or creative non-fiction), while also experimenting with at least one other genre. You'll develop a practical focus, come to read as a writer, encounter texts from various cultural settings, while refining your analytical and editorial skills. You'll learn about professional writing practice, and hone your writing skills through sharing, reading and critiquing work-in-progress.

Vocational relevance

Studying creative writing will equip you with an adaptable set of skills that can give entry to a vast range of occupations and career directions. 

You’ll develop sophisticated writing and editorial skills, and you’ll learn to evaluate and assimilate information when identifying and solving problems. Creative writing will help you to increase your critical and analytical abilities.

 Often, you’ll work independently as a creative thinker, but you’ll also collaborate at times, building your communication skills. You’ll also develop new, flexible, fluent and sophisticated research and IT skills. All the above are skills greatly valued in the workplace – whether you’re already working, volunteering, planning to work freelance or changing career.

Programme Structure

What you will study

  • Block 1: You'll study your primary genre covering the essentials, reintroducing ideas and techniques that may be familiar from undergraduate study and taking them further in terms of sophistication and complexity. 
  • Block 2: You'll select a secondary genre. For instance, if your primary genre is fiction, you might now choose poetry as your secondary genre and work through topics such as figurative language, voice and structure; or you might choose script and cover topics such as dialogue, scene and character.
  • Block 3: The materials and activities in this block will advance your understanding of your chosen genre, focussing on some of its finer points as well as introducing more challenging techniques and themes.
  • Block 4: The final block is comprised largely of independent study as you'll develop a substantial piece of creative writing as your end-of-module assessment.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 9 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You must hold a UK honours degree (or equivalent), preferably with at least a 2:1 classification and preferably in Creative Writing or a closely related subject.  If you are not a creative writing graduate you will need some experience of the subject as this module assumes all candidates have the knowledge and skills usually acquired by pursuing the subject at undergraduate level. Please note that this is not a module for those who are just starting to write.
  • If your degree is not in Creative Writing or a closely related subject, we strongly recommend that you read the preparatory work indicated below. Alternatively, you could undertake our open-access creative writing courses on OpenLearn to ensure your skills (writing, reading, editorial, reflective, analytical) are at an appropriate standard.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    3475 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3475 GBP per module during 9 months.
  • National

    2250 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2250 GBP per module during 9 months.


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