MA Creative Writing
Our academic staff
Our academic staff are internationally recognised for their expertise across literature, film, creative writing and drama. Find out more by reading their staff profiles.
Do you want to develop your writing? Take a bold step toward becoming a writer
with our Creative Writing MA. Here, published writers will help you progress in your
writing and understanding of your chosen form, including poetry, literary and genre
fiction, creative non-fiction, playwriting and performance art.
With us, your writing will grow within a unique context of innovative, interdisciplinary
This is a challenging course. At its heart, your writing develops through tutor and
peer feedback in the writer’s workshop. This writing practice is supplemented by study
that deepens your understanding of the theory and history of literature. All MA courses
are available on a full or part-time basis.
Our MA students explore a variety of different kinds of writing. We create new and
exciting work, exploring hybrid forms such as magic realism and psychogeography.
You can study a selection from:
Our core postgraduate module
Research Methods in Literary and Cultural Analysis equips writers with key skills for professional and academic quality work.
Our modules are intensive and taught in small groups by experienced writers and leading literature specialists, who also provide expert supervision
and guidance for your 20,000 word creative writing project submitted at the end of the course.
A range of scholarships and funding for postgraduate study is available.
Read the full description on course finder:
If you're particularly interested in creative writing and drama, our department’s Centre for Theatre Studies offers an
Research seminars and events
Throughout the year you can expand your experience beyond what you study on your course by attending our weekly
research seminars and film screenings
as well as writers' talks as part of our Writers at Essex series and plays at our
University’s Lakeside Theatre.
We also hold major conferences and symposia and as a postgraduate student, you will have the opportunity to be involved in organising and presenting
at our annual MA conference.
Creel is the annual anthology of creative writing produced by current postgraduate students of the department. As a postgraduate student you have the opportunity to submit any unpublished piece of creative writing related to the current theme for inclusion. Successful submissions will be chosen by department staff and published in the next edition of the anthology.
Copies of the Creel anthology can be purchased from the department office or from Wivenhoe bookshop. For the latest Creel news and calls for submission, see the Creel Facebook page.
Languages for All
Reading literature in its original language can be a real advantage for postgraduate research. Our University’s
Languages for All scheme allows you to study a language alongside your course at no extra cost.
Fees and scholarships
Find about our fees and scholarships. If you would like any further information or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Throughout the year our weekly Research Seminar series welcomes leading academic specialists, as well as writers, poets, playwrights, filmmakers and journalists to talk about their work.
Three-quarters of our research is rated 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' (REF 2014). We do both creative
and critical work across genres and media forms using a distinctly comparative approach.
Apply for a PhD studentship for your doctoral study funded by the
Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).