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What will I learn?

MA Creative Writing and Publishing is an exciting and innovative Master’s programme offered by the University of Lincoln in partnership with The Guardian. Fusing academia and creativity with industry insights, this programme offers students the opportunity to develop their skills and build a portfolio with support from an academic coach and professionals in the publishing industry.

Teaching is enhanced by workshops, readings, and masterclasses by acclaimed authors from a range of genres. Past speakers have included Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and naturalist Chris Packham. Professionals from major publishers will contribute to the teaching and support, alongside Guardian editors and writers such as Associate Editor for Culture Claire Armitstead, Deputy Opinions Editor Toby Moses, and interviewer Simon Hattenstone.

A focus on the business of publishing aims to prepare students for entering the competitive world of contemporary publishing, as well as to develop the necessary skills such as creating an elevator pitch and writing first-rate submission letters to attract publishers and agents, building an understanding of what editors are looking for, and learning about the publisher/reader relationship.

Career Opportunities: This course aims to prepare students for entering the competitive world of contemporary publishing, as well as to engage with necessary skills such as creating an elevator pitch and writing first-rate submission letters to attract publishers and agents, develop an understanding of what editors are looking for, and learn about the publisher/reader relationship. Through a combination of academic study and workshop activities, the programme can enhance the transferable skills within creative writing, preparing students for occupations in areas such as publishing, lifestyle journalism, and public relations.

Which department am I in?

School of English and Journalism

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£12,000.00 (US$ 16,511) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected October 2021

Venue

Lincoln (Main Site)

Brayford Pool,

Lincoln,

Lincolnshire,

LN6 7TS, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Entry requirements for postgraduate (master degree) programmes vary by course although applicants must successfully complete a US Bachelor degree from a recognised institution with a minimum GPA of 2.8 (some courses may require a GPA of 3.2). Some of our postgraduate programmes, the major / content of your undergraduate degree will be taken into consideration. Students need to have an IELTS score of 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in each band score). Some courses require a higher IELTS score.

For international students

Students will require a first or second class honours degree from any subject. Relevant professional experience will also be considered. International Students who require a Tier 4 student visa are not eligible to apply for this course but international students on alternative appropriate visas may apply. Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 7.0 overall, with a (minimum score 6.5 in all components). TOEFL IBT with overall score of 100.

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

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