Creative Writing MFA
Facts about Creative Writing
|Duration||Full time: 2 years
Part time: 4 years
|Attendance||To be confirmed|
|Assessment||Creative work; reading and teaching logs; critical commentary on selected texts; essays and dissertations.
Choose Kingston's Creative Writing MFA
Kingston University is proud to offer the first Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in the UK. This course offers talented and aspiring writers the chance to refine their skills under the tutelage of acclaimed professionals while receiving accredited training and experience in teaching in higher education.
The unique combination of creative and practical skills provided on this course will prepare students simultaneously for a career as a publishing writer and an accredited teacher of creative writing.
Admissions to the MFA will be highly selective and based upon the quality of a writing sample as well as an assessment of the applicant's publishing potential.
The first year of the course involves writing workshops; modules examining literary genre and texts; the opportunity to take a module designed to prepare you for the world of publishing; and a 15,000 word dissertation, leading to the award of a masters degree.
Students in the second year progress to even smaller group writing workshops; modules to improve their skills of reading and textual analysis; and the chance to take a suite of modules culminating in the University's postgraduate teaching certificate.
The extensive one-to-one supervision for the dissertation leading to the MFA (no less than the equivalent of 40,000 words) will be provided by one of the course's permanent staff, one of our writers in residence or an editor from a leading UK publishing company. There may also be opportunities to earn a PGCE teaching certificate and to gain experience assisting with the Kingston University Press.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.
- Advanced Dissertation Project
- Special Study: Workshops in Popular Genre Writing
- Structure and Style
- Ten Critical Challenges for Creative Writers
- Writers' Workshop
All modules are core.
Related to this course:
Our links with professional authors provide a range of different voices and styles to broaden your experience of the creative process.
Funding for Creative Writing MFA students includes £500 bursaries to support work on Ripple magazine or Kingston University Press; Annual Fund scholarships of up to £3,000 towards your fees; and international scholarships of up to £3,000.