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Creative Writing MFA: Course features

What this course offers you

If you choose to study this course, here are some of the things you can expect from the course and how it will benefit you.

  • The Creative Writing MFA (Master of Fine Arts) is designed for serious writers who would like to build upon their publishing record or become a published writer.
  • The course uses a practical approach to develop your writing skills. It is ideal if your writing is already of a good standard but you want to progress towards producing potentially publishable material.
  • You also have the chance to learn more about professional elements of writing, such as working with agents/publishers and presenting proposals.
  • You can enrol on the MFA at the beginning of your postgraduate time at Kingston or after completing an MA in Creative Writing (or related subject).
  • The option modules and dissertation give you the chance to further specialise and pursue an area of interest in depth.
  • You work in workshops, studying one-on-one or in small groups with experts in your chosen area. The course is taught by a combination of:
    • appointed staff - many are published authors or active researchers, which keeps your learning dynamic. Current staff include author Vesna Goldsworthy and playwright Winsome Pinnock;
    • visiting professors - such as Peter Kemp, author and literary editor of the Sunday Times, and Richard Cohen, editor;
    • writers in residence - currently Hanif Kureshi, Paul Bailey, Maggie Gee and Liz Jenson;
    • guest speakers with expertise in publishing - including copy editors, producers, literary agents, reviewers and literary editors;
    • visiting writers - such as Rhidian Brook and Will Self; and
    • peer review - giving you the chance to discuss your own and other students' work in a mutually-supportive environment.
  • This provides a range of different voices and styles to broaden your experience of the creative process. Find out more in the Links with business and industry section.
  • The taught modules aim to prepare you for the job market. Alongside your creative writing studies, you gain skills in:
    • data collation, review and synopsis;
    • communication (oral, written and electronic);
    • time management;
    • computing; and
    • co-operation and teamwork.
  • You have the chance to contribute to Pages, which includes fiction, poetry, reviews and creative non-fiction, and Ripple, a showcase for cutting-edge poetry and prose. Both are edited by postgraduate creative writing students (read more in the Events and lectures section).  
  • Faber and Faber sponsors a prize for the Creative Writing MFA.
  • We offer a part-time study option to help you fit your MFA around other commitments.

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