What will I learn?

This forward-thinking and industry-relevant MA offers creative writers the opportunity to not only develop advanced writing skills, but also a solid understanding of the different ways in which writers can now engage with the publishing industry. As a graduate of this course, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and skills to take your writing into the commercial marketplace in both print and digital formats.

You’ll develop creative writing across a variety of forms, with a focus on transmedia storytelling and the skills to independently publish your work as a publisher; learning and applying skills in editing, PR and marketing (including digital marketing), design, production, and budgeting.

Analyse the cultural and critical influences on the writer and publishing industry, as well as your own practice
Learn the skills to be able to write creatively and effectively, to a publishable standard, for a variety of different audiences and media
Hone your skills, knowledge and understanding to progress to further research at doctoral level if desired
Work on real-life publishing projects with BU’s own publishing press, Fresher Publishing
Engage with the BU’s annual international creative writing competitions: The Fresher Writing Prize for emerging voices in fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction, and the New Media Writing Prize for stories that integrate a variety of formats, platforms and digital media
Learn from experienced writers and practitioners who have also acquired Master’s degrees and/or doctorates in Creative Writing or English themselves, and thus are proven in their ability to teach, encourage and support you as you develop your work to Master’s and, hopefully, publishable quality
Benefit from prestigious guest tutors from the world of writing and publishing.

Careers: On this course you will learn the advanced craft of creative writing plus the business and practice of publishing. You will also analyse cultural and critical influences on the writer and the industry. Learned skills will be put into practice in group publishing projects for the university’s own publishing press, Fresher Publishing.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Media and Communication

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£14,000.00 (US$ 18,666) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Talbot Campus

Talbot Campus,

Fern Barrow,

Poole,

BH12 5BB, England

Full Time (17 months)

Tuition fees
£14,000.00 (US$ 18,666) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

24 January 2022

Venue

Talbot Campus

Talbot Campus,

Fern Barrow,

Poole,

BH12 5BB, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must hold a US Bachelor's (Honours) degree in a relevant subject and may need some relevant work experience, depending on the course.

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

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Kaplan International College (KIC) London
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