Duration: 2 academic years, part time

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

  • Explore literary fiction in its varied forms
  • Develop your writing, editing and critical skills
  • Complete a first draft of up to 60,000 words in year one
  • Redraft the first chapter of your novel for publication in a specially produced anthology
  • Gain hands-on experience of the publishing process
  • Learn how to build your author profile

Learning environment

  • Attend 12 three-day intensive blocks of workshops, lectures and tutorials (over two years)
  • High tutor: student ratio
  • Intensive workshops
  • Creative interdisciplinary environment
  • Guest lectures from publishing industry professionals

Isle of Wight Literary Festival

This year, Martine McDonagh, Programme Leader for MA Creative Writing and Publishing, will be at the Isle of Wight Literary Festival, presenting a session on 'How to Weave a Story' Saturday 15 October, 12:45 - 13:45. Martine McDonagh, lifts the bonnet on the engine of her forthcoming novel Narcissism for Beginners.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good honours degree in English. Candidates with a relevant portfolio and alternative accredited learning are also invited to apply.

Facilities

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.

Fees

  • UK/EU Fee: £4,650 pa

Fees payable by term, 2 weeks in advance of term start date

Application deadline for 2017 entry: 1 March 2017.

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.

See www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

Find out about funding here.

Gallery

Intensive workshops in an inspiring setting
Benefit from a rich heritage of arts and creativity - books and illustrated letter by founder Edward James
Deborah Ravetz (left) at the launch of her new book hosted by the Creative Writing department, with Martine McDonagh (right)

Tutors

Domenica De Rosa

Domenica de Rosa is the author of fourteen published novels, ten of them written under the name Elly Griffiths. As Elly Griffiths she writes the highly successful Ruth Galloway and Stephens & Mephisto crime novels ('wonderfully rich' The Guardian, 'highly atmospheric' New York Times). Elly won the Mary Higgins Clark Award in 2011 and three of her books have been shortlisted for the Theakston's crime novel of the year. She has also been shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library award three times.

Martine McDonagh

Martine's first novel, I have waited, and you have come was traditionally published; her second, After Phoenix, was self-published, and her third, Narcissism for Beginners, is scheduled for publication in March 2017 by successful crowdfunding publisher, Unbound. Besides a successful 30-year career in artist management in the music industry, Martine is self-agented and has worked as an editor and proof-reader. She is an experienced tutor at graduate and undergraduate level and has an MA in creative writing.

Lesley Thomson

Lesley Thomson's latest novels The Detective's Secret (2015) and The House with No Rooms (2016) were both Sainsbury's Book of the Week. A Kind of Vanishing won The People's Book Prize in 2010. The Detective's Daughter, (2013) sold over 450,000 copies; it was Sainsbury's e-book 2013 and long running Amazon number one. Lesley is an experienced creative writing tutor who regularly runs short courses and masterclasses.

Mick Jackson

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. He has an MA in creative writing.

How to apply

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.

+44 (0)1243 818 291