Creative Writing & Publishing
This programme is for you if you are already a committed writer looking to complete the first draft of a novel. You are keen to further develop your writing and research skills and learn about the publishing process and the role of the professional author in today's publishing environment. Learn from professional authors with extensive creative writing teaching experience and visiting industry professionals. Workshops include experimental collaboration with artists working in other disciplines at West Dean. Intensive study blocks foster an immersive atelier-style experience within the College's School of Creative Arts and allows for self-determination in independent practice.
What to expect
You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and supervised practicals. In addition, you have personal tutorials with your subject tutor.
On the MA Creative Writing & Publishing you typically have around 17-18 contact hours per study block, typically consisting of:
When not attending lectures, seminars and workshop or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and preparing coursework assignments and presentations.
10% of your time is spent in scheduled teaching
and learning activity.
Scheduled teaching and learning: 171 hours, Independent learning: 1629 hours.
Students experience all stages of the revision and publishing process through the preparation of the first chapters of their novels for inclusion in this specially-produced anthology, Untold Stories, published at the end of the second year.
Immerse yourself in the enriched learning environment of the College, with exposure to artists in other disciplines, access to 300+ short courses and use of the on-site Art and Conservation Library with thousands of specialist books, journals and databases.
"I expected to learn about writing, but I also learnt about who I am as a writer. West Dean prepared us for life as writers."Nicki Herring, MA Creative Writing Student
Applicants should have a good honours degree in English. Candidates with a relevant portfolio and alternative accredited learning are also invited to apply.
Tuition fees include much more than is typical of universities, i.e. tuition fees plus basic materials, lunch, morning/afternoon tea/coffee. Included is mandatory study trip cost of £250, which typically includes tailored visits to collections/exhibitions of specific interest to the programme of study. For one day study trips lunch is provided, while for residential study trips meals are not included.
Accommodation and living expenses are additional.
New Postgraduate Loans
If you are a UK student and plan to take a postgraduate Master's course you may be able to get a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000 to help with course fees and living costs.
Domenica de Rosa is the author of sixteen published novels, twelve of them written under the name Elly Griffiths. As Elly Griffiths she is best known for the highly successful Ruth Galloway crime novels. In 2016 she won the Crime Writer's Association Dagger in Library Award for her body of work.
Subject Leader - Creative Writing and Publishing MA
Martine McDonagh's third novel, Narcissism for Beginners, was published in March 2017. She has also published short fiction in various anthologies and writing-related features in Writing magazine. Her work has been reviewed in the Guardian, Big Issue and Red. Besides a successful 30-year career in artist development and business management in the music industry, Martine has also worked as an editor and proofreader. She is an experienced tutor at graduate and undergraduate level and has an MA in Creative Writing.
Lesley Thomson has published seven novels. A Kind of Vanishing won The People's Book Prize in 2010. The Detective's Daughter, first in Lesley's internationally successful crime series, has sold over 500,000 copies. It was Sainsbury's e-book 2013 and Amazon's longest running Kindle number one for that year. The fifth in the series, The Dog Walker (April 2017) was published to enthusiastic reviews. Lesley runs short courses and workshops across the UK. Her masterclass at the Bloody Scotland Crime Festival in 2016 was filmed by the BBC's Imagine and in summer 2017 she's teaching at the Theakston's Crime Festival in Harrogate.
Mick Jackson's first novel, The Underground Man, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and won the Royal Society of Authors' First Novel Award. His novels, collections of stories and an e-book are published by Faber and Faber. His latest novel, Yuki Chan in Brontë Country, was published in January 2016. Mick was an RLF Writing Fellow at the University of Sussex and has been writer in-residence at the Science Museum, London and the Booth Museum of Natural History, Brighton (funded by Arts Council England). He has an MA in creative writing.
If you are interested in applying for this course or would like further information please contact admissions either by enquiring online or calling the number below. To make your application you will need to download and fill out our application form.