Whether you want to join the traditional publishing industry, establish your own small press or set up a single-author imprint for your own novels, this fully-customisable course will prepare you for work in these increasingly entwined growth industries.
Modern publishing takes place in many different sectors, from the traditional literary press to the digital frontiers of app development and game design. Authors are no longer insulated from business concerns - even ‘Big 5’ publishers expect authors to build their own platforms and audiences, manage their own social media, interpret sales and negotiate an increasingly complex range of international and digital rights.
Our MA Creative Writing and Publishing will allow you to develop your own fiction writing in a supportive environment while giving you a systematic and detailed understanding of the changing nature of publishing organisations and their processes in a global digital environment.
In our Creative Writing workshops, you will get feedback on your writing from other students as well as from our experienced teaching team, giving you a unique perspective on how your work is read by different audiences.
You will take one core module, Readers and Reading Practices, where you will discover key theories and apply them to the writing and publication of creative works. Supported by your personal tutor, you will design your path through the MA syllabus yourself from our optional modules, based on the particular future you have in mind.
The customisation does not stop with module choice. Each module on our MA will give you space for self-directed learning and choice in terms of project work and individual research. You will select the topics of most relevance to you and your future career.
Throughout the course, you can get advice and support from our team of specialists, including many published fiction writers. Our Royal Literary Fund Fellows will also give you feedback on your writing, as well as advice on publishing.
Course Leader: Laura Dietz
Our MA Creative Writing and Publishing will prepare you for employment in whichever aspect of the writing and publishing industries most interests you. Throughout the course, you will develop many transferable academic and professional skills, including self-reflection, critical analysis, and working to briefs and deadlines, as well as the research skills necessary for producing creative works, professional publishing documents and critical writing.
Many of our previous MA Creative Writing students have achieved successful careers in publishing or writing, including Guinevere Glasfurd (winner of The Times ‘Book of the Month’ for her debut novel The Words in My Hand), Penny Hancock (Tideline; The Darkening Hour) and Natalya Anderson (winner of the Bridport Prize for Poetry 2014).
Our MA Publishing graduates also have a track record of success, with most now in publishing-related careers at companies such as Bloomsbury, Wiley Capstone, Pearson, Cambridge University Press and Macmillan.
You will be assessed using methods that allow you to demonstrate the learning outcomes essential for your professional development. Depending on the module, these could include traditional essays, creative work (usually accompanied by a critical commentary) or publishing-specific forms such as book proposals and marketing plans.
The Department of English and Media is a community of more than 800 students, exploring subjects that further their understanding of culture and communication in the global age, from film studies to applied linguistics. We focus on skills and knowledge valued by employers, and provide our students with valuable industry insight through our links with creative partners.
Our students take part in many activities to help prepare them for the future, like work placements, study abroad opportunities, talks by internationally acclaimed guest speakers, and research conferences. They even have the chance to get writing advice from our Royal Literary Fund Fellow.
We’re part of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, a hub of creative and cultural innovation whose groundbreaking research has real social impact.
You will be able to take part in all the events arranged for our Creative Writing and Publishing students, including guest lectures, masterclasses and work placements. You can also attend all our publishing short courses for free, including:
After you’ve submitted your online application form we’ll also ask you to supply a writing portfolio, consisting of 2,000 to 3,000 words of your recent writing. This will ideally include some fiction. You may choose to submit a single short story, an extract from a larger work such as a novel, or a collection of shorter pieces, such as a few poems, a segment of a feature-length screenplay, and a piece of flash fiction.
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