The Warwick MA Programme in Writing
Creative Writing at Warwick is number 1 in the UK for teaching and number 1 for research.
The permanent Faculty of the Writing Programme includes internationally renowned authors from a variety of disciplines and genres. Among them are Will Eaves, Maureen Freely, Michael Hulse, A.L.Kennedy, David Morley, Sarah Moss, Tim Leach, Jonathan Skinner,and David Vann. Regular tutors have included Peter Blegvad, China Mieville, Leila Rasheed and Jeremy Treglown. Jonathan Coe is an Honorary Professor, Mahendra Solanki the current Royal Literary Fund Fellow, and Rochelle Sibley leads the Writing Centre.
Visiting Fellows have included Monica Ali, Candida Clark, Geoffrey Hill, Mario Vargas Llosa, Maggie O'Farrell, Fiona Sampson and Wole Soyinka.
We offer practical professional guidance on and tuition in writing in a range of genres including creative non-fiction, the novel, poetry, drama, the short story, translation, writing for the young.
The Warwick MA in Writing is intended for students who are already experienced as well as ambitious practising writers, whether published or not. We don’t believe that creativity, as such, can be taught, or that it is only fulfilled in ‘the marketplace’, but we do aim to help develop technical writing skills which students will find useful professionally, whether in full-time authorship or in related professions such as publishing, the media or teaching. Many of our graduates have since gone on to become extremely succesful and visible writers.
Course content and methods of teaching and assessment involve a mixture of approaches based on workshops and one-to-one supervision, portfolios and longer written projects. Students may opt to take modules based on more traditional academic pedagogies. For course outlines and details of options currently available, go to the 'current students' section of the English Department's MA website.
At least as important as teaching are the space and stimulus to write within a community of people with similar aspirations, facing similar practical, imaginative and intellectual problems. The creative writing department is number 1 in the UK for teaching and research as reflected in the Times/THES league table and REF2014. But the literary community at Warwick is a scholarly as well as a creative one: the University is the most highly ranked research institution, nationally, to offer such a degree. Much of the value of the course comes from students’ working on the University campus and making use of the full range of activities which it offers.
Entrance requirements/admissions procedure
Candidates will be selected on the basis of your personal statement and portfolio of written work - this need be no more than 5000 words of poetry or fiction or a mix of the two. They must upload the statement online along with their application. They will normally be required to have an upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualification and an IELTS of 7.5 or higher if you have not previously studied in an English speaking institution.
Applications must be made online and these can be found at www.warwick.ac.uk/go/pgapply