Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Creative Writing

Have you been writing creatively for a while and feel the need for some professional support? Do you wish to be read by like-minded people? Do you sense that you can write but struggle with the mechanics of form and structure? Do you harbour a desire to see how far your writing can get you? Do you dream of being a published author? The course is taught through small, dynamic seminars and one-to-one tuition. We offer modules in fiction writing and options in playwriting, poetry, screenwriting and creative non-fiction. All teaching is done by regularly published and produced award-winning writers, who will help you strengthen and professionalise your identity as a writer. Students have opportunities to interact with publishers and agents to broaden their understanding of the market and will be eligible to submit work for publication in the annual Birkbeck Creative Writing journal, The Mechanics' Institute Review and MIROnline.

Course modules

he programme includes seminars and workshops in fiction and also seminars in contemporary literature. You take 2 core modules, choose 1 contemporary literature core module and choose 1 option module from a selection. You can also select your spring term option from any of those offered by the other MA programmes in the Department of English and Humanities. You also complete a dissertation of 15,000 words. To find out more, read our programme handbook. Core modules: Writing and Reading Seminar; Writing Workshop . Contemporary literature core module: Contemporary Writing 2: Genre; Poetry Workshop . Option modules: Creative Non-Fiction; Introduction to Playwriting; Introduction to Screenwriting . MA Creative Writing Dissertation

Assessment methods

4 short creative pieces with critical essays (50%). A dissertation (15,000 words) in one of the following genres: a novella, novel or collection of short stories, with a preface of 3000 words (50%).

Sponsorship information

The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses - and you don't have to start repaying until 2019. The Kit de Waal Scholarship provides a fully funded place for 1 student to study part-time on the Birkbeck Creative Writing MA over 2 years (2016-18). Applications open on 10 November 2015 and close on Monday 15 February 2016. We also offer the Sophie Warne Fellowship to help with the cost of tuition fees. The Fellowship includes 1 fee remission award of £3500 for an outstanding student admitted onto the MA Creative Writing. Deadline for admissions applications, with a 2000-word writing sample: September 2016. The School of Arts offers a number of bursaries for postgraduate students.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2018 GBP 14,850 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2018 GBP 8,175 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 GBP 7,425 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 GBP 4,075 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG) Full-time October 2018 GBP 14,850 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG) Full-time October 2018 GBP 8,175 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of English and Humanities
Telephone number: 
02030738372