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  • Academic Title
    Creative Writing MFA
  • Course description
    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.

    Students may apply for the two-year MFA or for direct entry to the second year of the course, which will follow completion of an MA in Creative Writing or another related discipline (either at Kingston University or elsewhere in the UK or abroad). In all cases 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.

    Course programme
    The first year of the course involves writing workshops; modules examining literary genre and texts; the opportunity to take a module designed to prepare students for the world of publishing; and a 15,000 word dissertation.

    Students in the second year progress to even smaller group writing workshops; modules to improve their skills of reading and textual analysis; and 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 gain experience assisting with the Kingston University Press.

    Course structure
    Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

    Core modules (Year 1)
    -Writers' Workshop
    -Special Study: Workshops in Popular Genre Writing
    -Literature module

    Core modules (Year 2)
    -Writers' Workshop
    -Reading for Writers module
    -Accredited modules in teacher training
    -Peer-Led Writing Workshops
    -Extended Dissertation

    Option modules (Years 1 & 2)
    -Elements of Professional Writing
    -Special Study Writing Strands
    -Structure and Style

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