Bournemouth University

Creative Writing and Publishing

This forward thinking and industry-relevant MA offers creative writers the opportunity to not only develop advanced writing skills, but also a solid understanding of the different ways in which writers can now engage with the publishing industry. Offering both full-time and part-time routes, the MA equips you with the knowledge and skills to take your writing into the commercial marketplace in both print and digital formats. You will spend a semester working on your creative writing, with the option to study Interactive Fiction, as well as Fiction or Creative Non-fiction, and a second semester working as a publisher; learning and applying skills in editing, PR and marketing (including digital marketing), design, production, and budgeting. You will also analyse the cultural and critical influences on the writer and publishing industry, as well as your own practice, thus honing the skills, knowledge and understanding to progress to further research at doctoral level, if desired. By the end of the course, graduates will be able to write creatively and effectively, to publishable standard, for a variety of different audiences and media. Central to the MA is the university's own publishing press, Fresher Publishing, which provides you with the opportunity to work on real-life publishing projects. You can also engage with the university's annual creative writing competitions: The Fresher Writing Prize for emerging voices in fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction; and the New Media Writing Prize for stories that integrate a variety of formats, platforms and digital media. Tutors on the MA are not only experienced writers/practitioners, but have also acquired Masters degrees and/or doctorates in Creative Writing or English themselves, and thus are proven in their ability to teach, encourage and support you as you develop your work to Masters and, hopefully, publishable quality. Our academics are supported by prestigious guest tutors from the world of writing and publishing.

Entry requirements

MA: A Bachelor Honours degree, 2:2 or above or equivalent in a relevant subject, in addition to a short portfolio of two different pieces of written work. The academic team will look at your online application including your qualifications, personal statement and any work experience. We may ask you to provide a portfolio and/ or take part in an online interview if you do not meet our entry requirements. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) or above.

Course modules

Cultural and Critical Influences; Publishing Cultures: from Cuneiform to Kindle; Marketing & PR for Writers; Design, Editing & Publishing; Interactive Storytelling; Writing Fiction; Dissertation/Major Project.

Assessment methods

Dissertation/Major project.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2019 14,000 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 5,750 per Whole course (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 14,000 per Whole course (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 5,750 per Whole course (Home/EU) 2 Years
MA Full-time January 2020 14,000 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time January 2020 5,750 per Whole course (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Part-time January 2020 14,000 per Whole course (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time January 2020 5,750 per Whole course (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Talbot Campus BH12 5BB South West

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