What will I study?
This programme provides you with the opportunity
to gain a higher degree through a combination of taught modules,
negotiated independent study, writing and research.
The MA in Creative Writing offers the opportunity
to develop your skills as a writer and to explore the theory and
practice of writing in the contemporary world.
The degree normally consists of four taught
modules and a portfolio. It is possible to replace one taught
module with a negotiated independent study.
All modules are normally assessed by essay or
- Critical Approaches to Creative
Writing*- A foundational module in which you situate
your writing within the context of contemporary literature. You
will have the opportunity to explore the relationship between
critical thinking and creative writing, and to develop your writing
- Writers, readers and
audiences - Considers the writer/audience relationship in
prose fiction and scriptwriting through reading, discussion and
practice. You will explore through your own writing the concepts
and conventions relevant to the effective creation of fiction and
scripts for performance.
- Writing the voice -
Explores the connections between the way we speak now and the way
we write, with an emphasis on your own writing in a range of
- The Contemporary Writer*
- Considers the world of contemporary publishing through an
engagement with recent writing. Equips you with the skills and
knowledge to take your writing further.
Its aim is to introduce students to the practical
methods by which they can bring their writing to different
audiences, and to prompt them to reflect on the purposes for which
they write, and to what extent their writing has commercial
How will I
Study is normally part-time over two years, but
there is also provision for full-time study over one year. A range
of teaching methods are used including seminars, lectures and
occasional day schools. You will be encouraged wherever possible to
practise independent learning strategies.
Modules on the MA programme are normally taught
in the evening between 6.30pm - 8.30pm on a weekly basis over
a ten-week term. Full-time students take two taught classes in Term
1 and one taught class plus dissertation supervision in terms 2 and
3. Part-time students take one taught module per term (terms 1,2,3)
in their first year of study; in their second year of study they
take one taught module in term 4 and dissertation supervision in
terms 5 and 6.
This flexible programme is designed to allow
students to combine study with full or part-time employment.
The cost of the programme is phased as students
normally pay in four instalments each year (full-time students) or
module by module (part-time students). You can also pay in full
should you so wish. Fees are very competitively priced. Please
contact us for up-to-date information on fees.
will I study?
All teaching takes place on our Lord Mayor’s Walk
campus in the heart of York. As York St John University is a
relatively small institution, you will have excellent access to
staff and you will benefit from good staff/student relations. Staff
have a broad range of expertise and research interests in modern
literature and creative writing.
In addition to the University’s own library, now
based in the fantastic Fountains Learning Centre, you will enjoy
borrowing rights at the University of Leeds and may access material
held at the University of York. IT facilities at the University are
excellent, with many available 24 hours a day.
Download the MA Creative Writing leaflet
Degree programme information