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Creative Writing: Writing and Publishing Fiction MA

Creative Writing: Writing and Publishing Fiction MA

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Narrative Prose Writing Publishing English Language

Course type


Course Summary

The MA is a great way to develop your fiction-writing skills.

Course overview

Our MA in Creative Writing: Writing and Publishing Fiction is a stimulating and rewarding course designed to help you develop the craft of excellent writing, enable you to produce original fiction, and equip you with the knowledge to get it published.


Modules are assessed by coursework, including essays, a journal, creative pieces, and a 16,000-word writing project. There are no formal exams.

The total workload, including reading, preparation, seminars, workshops, tutorials, research, and writing, is approximately 37.5 hours per week.

Job prospects

Graduates have gone on to develop their writing profiles and be published. They have also applied for PhDs. Jobs include teaching, university administration, and marketing.


This module (required for MA qualification) enables students to pursue and complete a selected long writing project as the culmination of their programme. Coursework for modules already completed may provide the basis for this much more substantial project (though inclusion of verbatim work from earlier assessments will not form part of the assessment or word count). This module gives students the opportunity to develop their own specialist interest to produce a substantial prose text aimed at any of the available publishing and media outlets. The range of acceptable projects includes: a collection of short-short stories and/or short stories; a novella; an extract from a novella/novel.

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Entry requirements

You need a minimum of a 2:1 honour degree, or the equivalent, in an appropriate discipline is required (for example, Creative Writing; English Literature; English Language; Drama; Theatre Studies; Communication Studies; Cultural Studies; Film Studies; Journalism; Professional Writing). Applicants with lower qualifications, a degree in another discipline or appropriate relevant experience should contact the programme leader for advice.

University information

The University of Chester is a 21st century university which traces its roots back to 1839, placing it among the oldest higher education institutions in England. With a modern outlook, a strong research pedigree and guiding principles of supportiveness and inclusiveness, it’s an academic community that has stood the test of time. Today, it attracts thousands of students from around the world and is known for its commitment to helping students...more