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University of Hertfordshire MA Creative Writing
University of Hertfordshire

MA Creative Writing

1 Years


Full time, Part time

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GBP 13,950 *


* international students full time, part time £1160 per 15 credits / UK students full time £9450, part time £790 per 15 credits / EU students full time £13950, part time £1160 per 15 credits


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"Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2021/2022. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details."

Why choose Herts?

  • Industry Accreditation: Accredited by the European Association of Creative Writing Programmes.
  • Industry Connections: You will benefit from writer, publisher, and literary agency guest sessions where you will interact with leading industry professionals.
  • Teaching Excellence: You will be taught by critically acclaimed, award-winning professional practitioners.

About the course

The University of Hertfordshire M.A. in Creative Writing offers you the opportunity to develop your creative, critical and professional writing skills in a stimulating and supportive environment.

Through writing workshops and intensive tutorial-based supervision, our teaching staff - all established authors themselves - will help you improve your own writing as you explore the advanced craft, theory and techniques of poetry, prose and drama.

Whether you have an unfinished novel you’re passionate about or want to learn how to write powerful dialogue or create memorable characters, this M.A. Creative Writing offers a range of modules that give you both literary context and practical professional guidance.

In all modules, you will be taught by lecturers who are leading writers whose work encompasses a wide range of approaches and styles and who bridge the gap between creative and academic approaches in their fields.

  • Wayne Holloway-Smith’s collection Love Minus Love was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize, and his poem ‘the posh mums are boxing in the square’ won the National Poetry Award.
  • Lorna Gibb has won the Granta Memoir prize and been shortlisted for the Sperber Biography Prize.
  • Joe Thomas’s most recent novel, Bent, was a Guardian Best Book of 2020 and picked by the Irish Times in their selection of the Best Crime Fiction of 2020.
  • Helen Gordon – a former editor of Granta magazine – has published the critically acclaimed novel, Landfall and a non-fiction book on nature and travel. Notes From Deep Time is forthcoming in 2021.
  • Simon Vinnicombe’s work has been produced at the National Theatre and The Old Vic in London, the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York, and on BBC TV and BBC Radio.
  • Drew Pautz’s work has been performed at the National Theatre, Soho Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, and on BBC Radio.

Guided by our staff, you’ll take two core Writing Workshop modules examining creative and critical processes in your first two semesters. These workshops provide supportive spaces for you to contribute your own writing, reading your work to your fellow students and learning, in turn, to critique their work from a writer’s point of view.

Other modules may change but could include Working as a Writer and People and Places. As part of Working as a writer, you’ll submit your work to magazines and creative writing competitions, helping you to gain a practical understanding of the publishing world and how to approach editors and prepare your work for publication.

People and Places focus on aspects of writing with communities, including the methods and approaches writers have used to portray communities or locations in creative work and the tradition of writers working with communities to create joint artistic projects.

In your final semester, you’ll complete a dissertation. This can take the form of a novel, script for stage, TV or film, a work of creative non-fiction, short story or poetry collection. Wherever your writing ambitions lie, this is your opportunity to add polished work to your portfolio and look ahead to your future writing life.

Why choose this course?

Top reasons to study M.A. Creative Writing at the University of Hertfordshire

We give you:

  • Teaching staff who are all published authors, poets or dramatists
  • Visits and talks by writers, editors and agents working across the creative writing industries
  • Opportunities to create and develop a portfolio of work, whether poetry, prose or drama
  • A platform for publishing your work and a springboard for your future life as a writer

Student experience

At the University of Hertfordshire, we want to make sure your time studying with us is as stress-free and rewarding as possible. We offer a range of support services, including; student wellbeing, academic support, accommodation, and childcare, to ensure that you make the most of your time at Herts and can focus on studying and having fun.

Additional information

  • Sandwich placement or study abroad year: n/a
  • Applications open to international and EU students: Yes


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