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What will I learn?

This course will enable you to contextualise your creative work and write with the contemporary publishing sector in mind. You will have the opportunity to submit work to the York Literary Review and to our annual Beyond the Walls anthology. We focus on the relationship between critical thinking, publication, contemporary literature and creative writing..

This course will build complementary creative, critical and professional skills which will put you in a strong position to embark on a career as a writer and/or in publishing. The Creative Writing team have expertise in speculative fiction, historical fiction, scriptwriting, screenwriting, adaptation, poetry, experimental poetry, hybrid forms, horror fiction, literary fiction, creative non-fiction (including memoir and true-crime), and are able to support work in a number of genres..

The focus of the publishing element of the course is on all aspects of the world of publishing, but there is a specific focus on contemporary independent publishing, small presses and emergent themes in writing. You will engage with a diverse and inclusive range of creative and critical texts in a variety of forms, enhancing your knowledge of the current publishing landscape.

You are encouraged to take a professional approach to your study and attend the variety of events provided by the York Centre for Writing, which include visits from agents, publishers, editors and writers and fosters an important sense of belonging and community. You will also have opportunities to take part in field trips and a weekend residential writing retreat.

Which department am I in?

York St John University

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£12,750.00 (13,16,416) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

27 September 2021


York St John University

Lord Mayor's Walk,


YO31 7EX, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed a Bachelors Degree. IELTS 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in each component), TOEFL iBT Overall score of 75 (Listening 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20, Writing 20), other forms of TOEFL are not acceptable.

For international students

MA candidates have usually already excelled at undergraduate study. We therefore normally require an undergraduate degree at 2:1 grade or higher (or equivalent). We are open to considering previous degrees in the Humanities, Arts, Sciences and Social Sciences or other related subjects. If you have a 2:2 undergraduate degree and knowledge of a subject related to Publishing, you may be accepted on to the course following an interview. You may also be required to submit written work to support your application. 6.0 IELTS score if your first language is not English

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.