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All Writing Courses

  • Aberdeen, University of

    This university offers an English with Creative Writing Undergraduate MA or a Creative Writing MA. The Undergraduate MA is a four-year degree that does not require BA as it essentially combines a BA and a MA. These degrees are taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. There are also a variety of guest speakers. The university has a number of partners including the AyeWrite Festival and the Freight Read more [...]

  • Aberystwyth University

    This university offers Creative Writing as a BA or MA. These degrees are taught by industry experts and authors published from every field. The university has a collaborative relationship with Aberystwyth Art Centre. Lectures explore writing for a variety of genres and formats and final year students have the opportunity to participate in a writing retreat in a country house in Wales. This university was ranked 1st in Wales for English and Creative Writing by Read more [...]

  • Anglia Ruskin University

    This university offers Writing with either English Literature or Film Studies as a BA (Hons) and Creative Writing or Creative Writing Publishing as a MA. These degrees are taught by poets, short story writers and novelists. This university has industry links with professional bodies such as Cambridge University Press, Windhorse Publishing, Writer’s Centre Norwich, WriteOn!, Sayle Literary Agency, and CB1 Poetry. Lecture methods include interactive workshops and seminars to develop student’s writing.

  • Arvon

    Arvon offers a wide range of writing courses and retreats for all writing levels. The courses are taught by well-known authors such as Mark Haddon, Ali Smith, Melvin Burgess and a list of others. The courses focuses on writing for a wide range of genres. Costa Book Award winner Andrew Miller came on an Arvon course when he was 18 and his tutor was Angela Carter. Pat Barker and Maggie Gee were also taught on Arvon courses by Angela Carter. Tim Read more [...]

  • Bangor University

    This university offers a BA in Creative Writing with a range of combinations including Professional Writing and a MA in Creative Writing. The MA course can also be shortened to a PgDip. These degrees are taught by experts in poetry, short stories, novels, digital communication, E-publishing, computer games, script and screen writing, and print and broadcast journalism. This university has industry links with theatre companies, newspapers and the television industry. Students can benefit from the Read more [...]

  • Bath Spa University

    This university offers Creative Writing as a BA or MA. These degrees are taught by award-winning practitioners. Professor of Creative Writing, Naomi Alderman won the prestigious Bailey’s Women’s Fiction prize 2017 for her dystopian novel, The Power. Professor of Creative Writing, Tessa Hadley, was long listed for the Orange Prize in 2011 for her novel The London Train and won the Hawthornden Prize 2016 for her novel The Past (Jonathan Cape). Professor of Poetry, Tim Liardet Read more [...]

  • Bedfordshire, University of

    This university offers Creative Writing as a BA (Hons) with the ability to combine with Journalism. The degree is taught by experienced writers and academics. Students can get involved in the student-run Creative Writing Guild and take part in open mic readings. There is an option for students to take a placement year during which they can develop links with writing industries.

  • Birkbeck, University of London

    This university offers Creative Writing as a BA or MA. These degrees are taught by published writers and offer engagement with visiting professionals. Students study a variety of formats including prose fiction, poetry, scriptwriting and creative non-fiction. The MA students learn through small seminars and receive one-on-one tuition. They are also eligible to submit their work to the annual Birkbeck Creative Writing journal, The Mechanics’ Institute Review and MIROnline.