M.A. On Campus

Publishing and Creative Writing

York St John University

12 months
13000 GBP/year
7000 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Focus on the links between critical thinking, publication, contemporary literature and creative writing. This Publishing and Creative Writing course at York St John University will embolden you to be creative and write with the contemporary publishing sector in mind. You will have the opportunity to submit work to the York Literary Review and to our annual Beyond the Walls anthology.


On this course will build complementary creative, critical and professional skills which will put you in a strong position to embark on a career as a writer or in publishing. The creative writing team have expertise in:

  • Speculative and historical fiction
  • Scriptwriting, screenwriting and adaptation
  • Poetry
  • Horror fiction
  • Literary fiction
  • Creative non-fiction, including memoir and true crime

The focus of the publishing element of the course is on all aspects of the world of publishing, but there is a specific focus on contemporary independent publishing, small presses and emergent themes in writing. You will engage with a diverse and inclusive range of creative and critical texts in a variety of forms, enhancing your knowledge of the current publishing landscape.


This Publishing and Creative Writing course at York St John University will prepare you for a career in publishing and writing. You will also leave with transferable skills in project management, copywriting, editing, communication, team work and promotion. Studying this course will give you an advantage in:

  • Literary review editing
  • Event promotion
  • Copy writing end editing
  • Marketing and communication
  • Direct book sales

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Journey of the Book: the Publishing Process
  • Critical Approach to Creative Writing
  • The Business of Publishing
  • Writing in the World: Facilitation, Collaboration and
  • Dissemination
  • Publishing Project
  • Project Portfolio (Publishing and Creative Writing) 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 2:1 honours degree in a related subject
  • If your degree is in an unrelated subject, but you can provide evidence of relevant professional experience, your application may still be considered.
  • A sample of creative writing, either in prose, script or poetry of at least 1,000-2,000 words, or 3 poems.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13000 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    7000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7000 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for York

646 - 1124 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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