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MA Creative Writing and Publishing

You’ll develop creative writing across a variety of forms, focusing on transmedia storytelling and skills to independently publish your work as a publisher; learning skills in editing, PR and marketing, design, production, and budgeting.

  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions, Part-Time, Part-time (online), Full-time (online)

Why study MA Creative Writing and Publishing at BU?

  • 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 
  • Work on real-life publishing projects with BU’s own publishing press, Fresher Publishing 
  • Learn from experienced writers and practitioners who have also acquired master's degrees and/or doctorates in Creative Writing or English themselves 
  • Benefit from prestigious guest tutors from the world of writing and publishing 
  • Engage with BU’s international writing competitions: The Bournemouth Writing Prize for emerging voices, and the New Media Writing Prize for stories integrating a variety of formats. 

Find out more about the content of this course.

Flexible study 

The MA Creative Writing and Publishing course offers you the option to study full-time or part-time, either in person or online. Lectures and online resources are combined with weekly small-group seminars to explore key texts, ideas, and concepts in more depth. If you are an online student, all your classes will take place virtually – bringing together a diverse cohort of students from all over the world and engaging with literary media texts and industry practices at the widest level. 

Key information

Next start date:

September 2021, January 2022, September 2022

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus or distance learning

Duration:

1 year full-time (September start), 17 months full-time (January start), 2 years part-time

Required subjects:

Communication, Creative Writing, English, Literacy, Cultural Studies, Film, History

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in a required subject. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in writing, speaking, listening and reading. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

Download the programme specification (pdf 186kb)

Your application

Entry requirements

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.

Costs and fees

You can find full information about the deposits required and how to pay your fees in our postgraduate fees and funding section, including details of the Postgraduate Loan (subject to fee status).

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course.

Find out more about living expenses for postgraduate students

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that staff can change.

Course changes

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