Keele University

Keele University

Creative Writing

The course offers participants an opportunity to improve their writing and to bring it up to publishable standard while learning more about the critical and intellectual context in which their work is situated. Students also participate directly in the development and maintenance of events, publications, workshops and short courses typically through opting to gain experience in 1 of the areas in which writers often establish a secondary income; reviewing, editing and teaching.

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be expected to have a good honours degree (normally 2.2 or above). They will be required to submit a portfolio of work to the admissions tutor (usually the Programme Director). A high quality portfolio will take precedence over a 1st degree and may be taken as evidence of APEL. The portfolio should consist of 10-15 poems and/ or 5,000-6,000 words of prose. If it is considered of sufficient quality, the admissions tutor will pass it on to 1 of the creative writing tutors specialising in the genre chosen by the applicant. That tutor will then recommend an interview, on which the final decision will be based. Up to 30 credits from a comparable programme may be taken as APCL.

Course modules

Core: The writer as critic, the critic as writer; writing fiction; writing poetry; teaching creative writing.

Assessment methods

The writing modules are assessed by a portfolio of work and a critical commentary that reflects on the contents of the portfolio. The core module is assessed by written assignments and a presentation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 4,700 per Academic year (home fees) 15 months
MA Full-time £ 12,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 15 months
MA Part-time £ 2,585 per Academic year (home fees) 21 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Keele Campus Keele ST5 5BG West Midlands

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