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The MA Creative Writing course will grow your writing through work with established writers, industry professionals, teaching specialists and your peers, whilst you experience this most literary of all cities.
Our graduates’ recent achievements mean that agents and publishers really listen when they hear you’re with us. Among many other stand-out successes, in 2018 Anne Youngson's Meet Me at the Museum has met with international success, and Linni Ingemundsen launched the first novel of her two-book deal with Usborne’s young adult list. In 2016 Kit de Waal (pictured with Philip Pullman at our 2013 showcase) published My Name is Leon, which was immediately taken up for adaptation by BBC radio, TV and film; and in 2015 Catherine Chanter’s The Well appeared to international acclaim and was chosen by the Richard & Judy/WH Smith Book Club.
All Major Projects gaining a Distinction are looked at by top agents Felicity Bryan Associates (who visit us each year), with a view to representation, and by legendary London publisher Philip Gwyn Jones, who has commissioned some of the biggest names in fiction. People like this are the gatekeepers of literary success; our aim is to get them to open those gates for you.
satisfied with my experience as a student at Oxford Brookes
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would recommend Oxford Brookes to potential students
staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching
Creative Writing at Oxford Brookes can open doors to your creativity that you didn't even know existed.
Watch the inspirational story of the Anne Youngson, author of Meet Me at the Museum, who found acclaim in her retirement after studying Creative Writing at Oxford Brookes.
Loraine Fergusson explains why studying MA Creative Writing has been so valuable for her as a writer.
Maria Suarez Ruiz talks about studying MA Creative Writing at Oxford Brookes University.
Kat Lund talks about her experience of studying MA in Creative Writing at Oxford Brookes University.
I mean it sincerely when I say how honoured I am to receive a doctorate from this university ― a special honour for an author because the university is internationally recognised as a leader in Creative Writing and Publishing Studies Hilary Mantel, on being awarded an honorary doctorate, June 2015
I mean it sincerely when I say how honoured I am to receive a doctorate from this university ― a special honour for an author because the university is internationally recognised as a leader in Creative Writing and Publishing Studies
Kit de Waal, an alumni of the MA Creative Writing talks about her experiences on the course, her path as a writer and gives advice to current students on their own careers. Kit has recently secured a three book deal with Penguin.
Among the Creative Writing courses that I’ve seen – and I’ve seen quite a lot now – the one I’ve seen at Oxford Brookes is certainly one of the best. Philip Pullman
Among the Creative Writing courses that I’ve seen – and I’ve seen quite a lot now – the one I’ve seen at Oxford Brookes is certainly one of the best.
An Anthology of Oxford Brookes Creative Writing
With readings from Patience Agbabi, Freya Alexander, Philip Pullman, Rose Stevens, James Meek, Eleanor Lowe, Kate Clanchy, Isobel Brown, Nikita Lalwani, Harry James Woodward, Rachel Norman, Debbie Wedge, Mandy Robotham, Alexander Jacoby, Sarah Dunant, and Simon Kövesi.
Author Meg Rosoff in conversation with Helen Newdick and Rachel Norman, two MA Creative Writing students, about Voice: How to figure out what you should be writing about.
Novelist Philip Hensher discussed his new novel Scenes from Early Life with his husband, Zaved Mahmood, on whose early life the work is based at this year’s Oxford Literary Festival.
Annual showcase of the MA Creative Writing course at the Pegasus Theatre, Thursday 10 May 2012
Crying at journalists, meeting literary agents, having mini breakdowns and hating Cloud Atlas: how I spent my first year as a master's student
Our Creative Writing Fellows lead on average a major workshop session every other week of each semester as well as other shorter sessions.
Philip Gwyn Jones – was the first UK publisher to have offered contracts to Naomi Klein, Patrick Ness, Arundhati Roy, Lionel Shriver, Zadie Smith and David Foster Wallace, among many others.
Philip Pullman – author of internationally best-selling trilogy His Dark Materials and La Belle Sauvage.
Sarah Dunant – bestselling author of Sacred Hearts and In the Name of the Family.
Patience Agbabi – poet and author of Telling Tales and The Infinite.
Nick Cohen – star Observer journalist and bestselling author.
John L. Williams – responsible for commissioning three titles short-listed for the Orange Prize and one for the Booker Prize.
Steven Hall – was included as one of Granta Magazine’s ‘Best Young British Novelists’ in 2013.
James is the author of six novels with Jonathan Cape. The first, A White Merc With Fins (1996), was a Sunday Times bestseller, as was his second, Rancid Aluminium (1997). This was filmed, starring Joseph Fiennes, whilst Michael Sheen starred in the adaptation of his third novel Dead Long Enough (2000). His study of Kafka - Excavating Kafka - (“absolutely brilliant and utterly infuriating” Guardian, 2008) was the basis of a BBC documentary televised in November 2008. In 2018 his "The Shortest History of Germany" reached #2 in the Sunday Times bestsellers; in 2021 "The Shortest History of Emgland" made #4 in The Times bestsellers.
James is currently working as "Series Story Consultant" and on-screen talking head on the upcoming landmark 8-part BBCTV history of creativity in these islands, which will be broadcast in April 2022.
Morag Joss is the award-winning author of the Sara Selkirk novels, Half Broken Things, Puccini’s Ghosts, The Night Following, Among the Missing (Across the Bridge) and Our Picnics in the Sun. She has also written for television, and writes short stories for print and broadcast. Her prizes and shortlistings include the CWA Silver Dagger, the USA Edgar Award for best novel, and a Heinrich Böll residency on the island of Achill, Ireland. She holds Fellowships at Reading University and Southampton University and also teaches Creative Writing for Oxford University. She is a regular tutor for both the Arvon Foundation and the Scottish Writers Centre at Moniack Mhor.