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Postgraduate course

Creative Writing MFA

Fuel your creativity alongside an inspiring group of writers and take the leap in creating a full-length manuscript.

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The Creative Writing MFA offers the next exciting step for writers who have already completed a taught Masters degree. You will have the flexibility to pursue a project that you are passionate about, and be supported by the expertise of the staff team. This approach allows for a range of diverse backgrounds in terms of learning experiences, ethnic diversity, disability, gender and age. Projects will be developed and tailored to your individual learning needs.

  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 1 year full-time | 2 years part-time
  • Start date – October 2019
  • School – Humanities, Religion & Philosophy

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU £4,500

    International £12,750

Course overview

There are three distinct routes to this course. Each route offers focused but flexible structures to fulfil a range of motivations:

Publication/book route - produce a full-length work (a novel, poetry collection, script or biography) for publication, performance or dissemination. The critical and/or reflective commentary will focus on this, whilst the creative submission can be in any form or genre.

Community/heritage route - produce a book-length work, performance or account, exploring an outreach project with a partner in health, arts, music or heritage. The commentary may focus on the development and implications of this project, and could incorporate some qualitative and or quantitative data or case studies, where appropriate.

Critical/theoretical route - produce a book-length work in any form (a novel, poetry or a script). The project has a strong theoretical underpinning, in which the critical or reflective commentary explores and analyses a movement, literary theory or other critical idea. The creative work will perform a practice-based exploration of the same. This is intended for students considering moving onto a PhD, but not exclusively.

Find out more about York St John's thriving and inspiring literary community at the York Centre for Writing

Discover some of our student success stories on our Beyond the Walls: The Creative Writing blog

Course structure

Three distinct routes

Each route offers focused but flexible structures to fulfill a range of motivations:

Publication/book route
Your aim is to produce a full-length work (eg a novel, poetry collection, script or biography) for publication, performance or dissemination.

The critical and/or reflective commentary will focus on this, whilst the creative submission can be in any form or genre.

Community/heritage route
Your aim is to produce a book-length work, performance or account, exploring an outreach project with a partner in health, arts, music or heritage.

The commentary may focus on the development and implications of this project, and could incorporate some qualitative and or quantitative data or case studies, where appropriate.

Critical/theoretical route
Your aim is to produce a book-length work in any form (eg a novel, poetry or a script). The project has a strong theoretical underpinning, in which the critical or reflective commentary explores and analyses a movement, literary theory or other critical idea. The creative work will perform a practice-based exploration of the same. This is intended for students considering moving onto a PhD, but not exclusively.

Teaching and assessment

Your final manuscript will comprise of 40,000-70,000 words of prose or approximately 1,200 lines of poetry (the aim being a book-length manuscript appropriate to the chosen the form). Writers wishing to produce a script will produce an equivalent length. Your final manuscript will be accompanied by a critical commentary of 6,000 words which reflects on the process of composition.

Your project will be supported by one-to-one expert supervision. This can be undertaken full-time or part-time, face to face, online or a blended approach to suit your circumstances.

You will take part in a termly writers’ workshop to share work in progress with like-minded peers in a nurturing atmosphere.

A residential writing retreat offers an opportunity to reflect and focus on your progress amongst a community of writing peers, facilitated by tutors, in a beautiful and inspiring regional or city setting. This will take place in April/May of the final year (with a portfolio progress presentation assessment worth 20 of the 180 credits).

You will submit your manuscript in September of the final year.

Whilst the learning is independent but supported, students are encouraged to take a professional approach and attend the variety of events provided by the York Centre for Writing, which include visits from agents, publishers, editors and writers and fosters an important sense of belonging and community.

Close links to agents, publishers, literary events and local arts and heritage organisations will fuel your creativity and hone your employability skills.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications 

You must hold a Masters Degree in Creative Writing or a related discipline and have achieved at least a Merit/60/B at Postgraduate Level.

Additional Requirements

You will be required to submit the following along with your application form: 

 

APEL policy

If you can't meet these minimum requirments it may be possible to take into account evidence of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as an alternative method of meeting the programme’s entry requirements. In such a case, appropriate references and records of employment might be presented to support the applicant’s case for admission.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for a Postgraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Tuition fees

Home/EU students

The tuition fee for 2019 entry to this postgraduate course is £4,500 for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Overseas students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to this Postgraduate course is £12,750 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

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Apply for this course

You can apply directly to the course via our Apply Now links. Please select the variant of the course that you intend to undertake (e.g. full-time or part-time) as the link will take you to a customised form for the specific course. You will need to create a login and password and complete the online form. Please contact two referees in advance of submitting your application as an automated request will go out as soon as you submit, and your application will not be reviewed until both references are in place.

To submit your proposal please attach your completed MFA Creative Writing Proposal Form, along with your writing sample in your online application, or you can email it to us separately to admissions@yorksj.ac.uk

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