MA Professional Creative Writing

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The MA in Professional Creative Writing (PCW) is a new and innovative postgraduate degree designed to develop students into professional writers by honing the craft of writing to the real world needs of the publishing, communication and media industries. The course covers traditional, contemporary and emerging forms of writing from novel writing to the graphic novel and creative nonfiction, from playwriting to writing for television, screen and multimedia, from poetry to psychogeography and eco-writing.

The MA in PCW is set to begin in September 2017.

This is an exciting course which has been extremely well-planned… It really does look like a brilliant course. (Dr Holly Howitt-Dring, MA Creative Writing Course Leader, University of Portsmouth)

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Developing Professional Writers

  • Mandatory modules in key professional genres
  • Professional coursework outputs
  • Specific attention to competitions, grants and commercial opportunities
  • Guest lectures by professional writers
  • Links with industry professionals and writers’ organisations

The immediate thing to say is that I think it is excellent.  If I were interviewing a candidate for almost any job in publishing, a degree such as this would give her or him as close to the perfect preparation as I can imagine. (Hal Robinson, CEO, Librios Ltd)


  • Focus on new and future forms of writing, including eco-writing, the graphic novel and multimodal writing
  • Writing for new modes of distribution and online platforms
  • Application of flexible modes of delivery
  • International appeal


Writing Retreats

Two optional writers’ retreats are offered on this MA (two UK, or one UK plus one international). The following are just examples of many trips we can offer. The trips are subsidised by the University, and students need to pay a contribution towards travel and accommodation.

  • Horror!: a week by the sea in Whitby, where Bram Stoker gave birth to Dracula
  • Romance: a week in the Lake District, home of the English Romantic poets


  • Myth and the Muses: a week in Greece, ancestral home of Western literature


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