City, University of London

City, University of London

Creative Writing (Non-Fiction)

The Creative Writing (Non-Fiction) MA provides you with essential skills and a supportive and challenging environment in which to: develop your reportorial and research skills experiment with approaches to writing narrative non-fiction reflect on your own and others' work learn about the publishing industry shape a full-length work of narrative non-fiction into a marketable proposal. The course, run mainly in the evening, encourages you to be ambitious and imaginative. The unifying factor for all writers accepted onto the course is your intention to deliver information through a narrative structure. Our definition of narrative non-fiction includes biography, travel, history, life writing, true crime, sports and other forms of sustained and structured non-fiction storytelling.

Entry requirements

MA: You will normally have a UK honours degree (in any subject) or the overseas equivalent. But successful completion of a certificate course in creative writing, or a professional qualification, or relevant experience may also be acceptable. The prime criteria are proven ability and commitment. You will need to submit 5,000 words of non-fiction and may need to attend an interview as part of the application process. (Overseas applicants may be interviewed by telephone.)

Course modules

Modules: fundamentals of non-fiction; the process of writing; storytelling; literary criticism; complete book.

Assessment methods

Teaching 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. The course culminates in a showcase of your work to an audience of industry professionals and other interested parties.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
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
MA Full-time September 2018 6,000 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years

Campus details

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Northampton Square EC1V 0HB London

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