Still accepting applications for September 2017 entry

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

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.

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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 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.

Martine McDonagh

Programme 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

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

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.

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

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