City, University of London

City, University of London

Creative Writing (Novels)

The course is designed for writers with some experience who would now like to go the extra mile and complete a novel. We do not therefore teach or examine short stories. This is a course for people who want to write full-length novels. Most importantly, every year, an anthology of excerpts from all the students' novels is published in the final term: this is presented in a showcase evening and then distributed to every literary agent in London and, for overseas students, the agents in their home cities, as well (in the recent past our anthology has been sent to New York, Toronto and Sydney). At the end of the Creative Writing (Novels) MA course, you will be very different; you will have written a novel. The MA Creative Writing (Novels) allows you to focus on one of two areas: Literary Novels or Crime Thriller Novels. This course is designed to provide a supportive and thought-provoking, yet challenging, environment for novelists to develop their skills, experiment with approaches to writing, learn about the industry and, most importantly, complete a polished novel ready to send to publishers and agents. At the core of the Creative Writing (Novels) course is the experience of established writers. Everyone who teaches on this MA course is a working, published novelist.

Entry requirements

MA: You will usually have a Bachelor degree, in any subject. But successful completion of a certificate course in creative writing or relevant experience is equally acceptable. The prime criteria are proven writing ability and a commitment to devoting two years to completing a novel. You will be required to submit a sample of your writing and to attend an interview or (if overseas) to participate by telephone. The writing sample should be 5,000 words at most. Ideally it would be a section - probably the opening - of a novel, but it is equally acceptable if it is a short story. Shorter length pieces may also be submitted but as this is a course which focuses on writing a full-length novel (minimum 60,000 words), the more sustained the writing sample, the better.

Course modules

Fundamentals of fiction and experiments in style; Experiments of Style; Storytelling; Reading as Writer; and Complete novel.

Assessment methods

Teaching on the Creative Writing (Novels) course is based around a mix of practical workshops, seminars and lectures. All this is supported by one-to-one tutorials and by independent study: notably reading and preparing presentations on set texts and performing set writing exercises. As the course progresses, the emphasis shifts to independent study and is supported by workshops and one-to-one tutorials. Central to all three Creative Writing MA courses is the requirement to finish a full-length novel, memoir, play or screenplay.

Sponsorship information

Graduate Loyalty Discount: The School of Arts & Social Sciences offer a 10% discount on tuition fees for all City graduates. An annual prize of £1,500 and agent representation is offered by a leading London literary agency.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2018 6,000 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
MA Full-time September 2018 8,500 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Full-time September 2018 6,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MA Full-time September 2018 6,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
MA Full-time September 2018 6,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years

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Northampton Square EC1V 0HB London

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