Open University

Open University

MA Creative Writing part 1 (A802)

Building on skills learned at undergraduate level or as a practising writer, this module helps students to harness their individual strengths, helping them to generate and develop ideas. Students build a disciplined practice of writing in a genre of your choice (fiction, poetry, scriptwriting or creative non-fiction), while also experimenting with at least one other genre. Students develop a practical focus, come to read as a writer, encounter texts from various cultural settings, while refining their analytical and editorial skills. Students learn about professional writing practice, and hone their writing skills through sharing, reading and critiquing work-in-progress.

Entry requirements

To take this module, you must declare the MA in Creative Writing (F71) as your qualification intention. To register for this postgraduate study you should have a UK Honours degree or recognised equivalent. Ideally your undergraduate degree will be in Creative Writing or English, such as our BA (Hons) English Literature and Creative Writing (Q86), or a closely related subject. You should be aware that a degree of at least 2.1 or equivalent will greatly increase your chances of successfully completing the MA. It is expected that your spoken and written English will also be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum score of 7 under the International English Language testing system (IELTS). Please see their website for details. If you do not have a background in creative writing, you are strongly recommended to undertake some preparatory work - see our undergraduate and open-access creative writing courses   - to ensure your skills (writing, reading, editorial, reflective, analytical) are at an appropriate standard. The MA in creative writing assumes that a candidate for a master's degree already has the knowledge and skills usually acquired by pursuing the subject at undergraduate level. This is a module for candidates with experience of writing creatively and not for those who are just starting to write. The qualification will not offer remedial training for those who have an inappropriate undergraduate degree or inadequate experience; any such students beginning the qualification do so at their own risk.

Assessment methods

3 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs), end-of-module assessment. Students are expected to submit their tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) online through the eTMA system unless there are specific difficulties which prevent them from doing so. In these circumstances, students must negotiate with their tutor to get their agreement to submit their assignment on paper.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Credits from The Open University Distance learning October 2016 - 9 months

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