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Our Creative Writing MA is all about growing your writing in a workshop environment. Our simple aim is to get you writing, then to provide insightful, sometimes challenging, but always supportive feedback.
All your teachers are genuine, commercially-published, practising writers. In every session you’ll actually write and get reactions. We believe that this makes our course unique. Your time here will be a decisive stage in the development of your writing.
Previous guest speakers have included:
- international bestseller Philip Pullman (pictured above)
- Booker winner Howard Jacobson
- Pulitzer/Orange winner Marilynne Robinson.
Our graduates’ recent achievements mean that agents and publishers really listen when they hear you’re with us. All major projects gaining a distinction are looked at with a view to representation by:
- top agents Felicity Bryan Associates (who visit us each year)
- legendary London publisher Philip Gwyn Jones.
People like this are the gatekeepers of literary success; our aim is to get them to open those gates for you.
How to apply
All applications for the MA in Creative Writing must be accompanied by a portfolio of recent creative work.
This must consist of 2000 words prose, or 5 poems, or a proportionate mixture of the two.
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Questions about fees?
Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.
Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.
Financial support and scholarships
Learning and assessment
The course enables you to:
- develop your creative writing skills in a range of genres, towards publishable standard
- undertake a large creative writing project
- practice creative writing and reading skills with a range of writing practitioners
- gain a practical understanding of the techniques of writing, editing and working within the writing and publishing industry
- engage with theoretical approaches to creativity and creative practice
- demonstrate a knowledge of literary conventions, and historical and contemporary contexts for writing
- explore your own position as a writer within a specific locale and history.
All students take the core compulsory module Creativity, Writing and Textuality: Concepts and Practice. In addition:
- MA students choose two elective modules and complete a major project of writing in any genre.
- PGDip students choose two elective modules.
- PGCert students choose one elective module.
Our commitment to research-led teaching means that all our teaching staff are recognised experts in their field. They contribute to the canon of published work in their specialist fields influencing debate and discussion. And they value the opportunity to share their ideas with students through their teaching.
We are home to the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre, which:
- creates a space for discussion and research
- promotes connections between poets, academics, and readers of poetry in the local community
- sponsors readings by poets, such as Simon Armitage, and a regular seminar series.
Research supervision is offered in the following areas:
- English 20th-century poetry – particularly Eliot and Heaney
- Irish writing
- Modernist drama
- Witchcraft in the 19th century
- John Clare and eco-criticism
- Sir Walter Scott
- Ben Jonson
- Theatre and science
- Contemporary literature
- Thomas More
- Modernist poetry
- Franz Kafka
- Victorian religion
- Literature and war.
After you graduate
Many of our alumni have gone on to win literary prizes and have their own writing published.
A significant number of successful MA students continue into further research and careers in academia, either at Oxford Brookes or at other institutions.
"Before coming on the course I hadn’t been in formal education for many years so being a student again was equally fun and hard work. It took a while to absorb the set books on literary criticism, but learning new ideas and approaches was extremely exciting and rewarding and gave me many new ways of looking at creativity and literature"Read more about Claire
"The course has definitely changed how I write. I’ve picked up some pearls of wisdom from the Creative Writing Fellows about what makes a good commercial novel"Read more about Isobel
"The input of the visiting fellows, all of them published writers, is hugely valuable. We had to read their books and they gave us assignments to do in class. I had to write suddenly in class for 15 minutes and then read it out – I wasn’t sure how I’d cope with that, and I actually liked it and I miss it when semesters are over!"Read more about Jim
"I would encourage anyone who is considering the course to grab the opportunity with both hands. It massively improves your writing, enthuses you, and makes success and publication seem a possibility rather than just a hopeless dream"Read more about Lisa
"I chose to come to Brookes because the luminous list of Creative Writing Fellows and speakers included two of my favourite writers – Philip Pullman and Howard Jacobson"Read more about Loraine
"In a single year, the course completely transformed my entire perception of writing fiction and has accelerated the development of my own writing style. I am young for the writing game and came onto the course with many misconceptions"Read more about Matthew
Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.
For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.