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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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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.


Using a number of representative late-twentieth-century and contemporary texts, the module will examine the ways in which novels are constructed. This will involve a close analysis of such crucial aspects of novelistic writing as: narrative; setting; characterisation; dialogue; point of view; and the representation of thought through free indirect discourse and interior monologue. Further issues to be examined and discussed may include: humour; sexual description; the use of obscenities; and the role of history in contemporary fiction. Authoritative modern writers such as Shalom Auslander, Don DeLillo, Elaine Feinstein, China Mi?lle and Kurt Vonnegut will be studied as representative examples of the modes, themes and issues being explored. Throughout the module, students will apply the technical knowledge they will gain from critical analysis to their own creative practice, experimenting with different forms, styles and subject matter.

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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

From a teaching college established in 1839, to becoming the University of Chester in 2005, over 180 years of academic growth has allowed the University to offer an extensive selection of postgraduate courses and research options across a number of specialist sites. This includes five sites in and around Chester, a campus in Warrington, a University Centre in Shrewsbury, and a new health and nursing education facility, Marriss House, in...more