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Creative Writing

Course overview.

What do you want to write? Whatever mode or genre you wish to explore, this MA is structured in order to help you to become the writer you want to be.

Taught by internationally-renowned writers, this MA is designed to be as creative and practical as possible within the academic requirements of a postgraduate programme.

Our MA students are a diverse group, from recent graduates looking to enhance their professional qualifications in preparation for a career involving writing, to experienced writers aspiring to have their work published or those looking to explore their passion for writing later in life.

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About this course

This MA puts the emphasis on “creative,” giving you plenty of time to write and incorporating a creative element into every module. The course aims to develop your writing skills in either prose or poetry, as well as fostering your creative and critical reading and exploring key issues relating to the publishing business.

Individual modules help you to learn techniques from published works and put them into practice, and to bring your own work to a reading – and listening – public. Throughout, the focus is upon your development as a writer, and prose or poetry workshops, along with individual dissertation supervision, are designed to hone your writing skills in a supportive and stimulating critical environment.

Being a "writer" generally involves a mixed portfolio of skills and attributes, and this MA provides a foundation that extends beyond the writing itself. You will meet agents, publishers, and other professionals – alongside our internationally published staff team – in order to help you to reach your potential as a writer, and also negotiate your first steps towards getting your work out into the world.

Why study with us

  • Creative elements and plenty of writing time is embedded into every module.
  • Learn from internationally renowned writers, whose work has received critical acclaim from across the world.
  • Opportunities to get published. Annual creative writing anthologies are published by Indigo Dreams Publishing under Leeds Trinity’s very own imprint, Wordspace, which was originally established by MA Creative Writing students for an assessment.
  • Become part of a thriving creative writing community. This community comes together for our monthly Open Mic nights, book launches and readings, literature festival performances and our annual Leeds Trinity Writers’ Festival.

You will study a variety of modules across your programme of study. The module details given below are subject to change and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

Reading as a Writer 

In these sessions, you will study a wide range of published works to consider the ways in which writers engage their readers. You will then experiment with these techniques yourself.

Writing as a Profession 

Visiting professionals from the literary world, alongside course tutors, offer insight into the business of being a writer, and provide support as you undertake a creative project that could involve anything from editing an anthology to researching publication platforms, via arranging events or planning and delivering workshops.

Prose or Poetry Workshops 

You will choose between either Prose or Poetry and will study two Workshop modules (1 and 2) in your chosen area. These small group sessions focus upon the development of works in progress in a supportive and critical environment.


Building on the workshop modules, this provides one-to-one support as you complete a major piece of work in your chosen genre.

Course structure: full-time one year course

Course structure: part-time two year course, learning and teaching.

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and provide you with the tools and support to help you achieve your academic, personal and professional potential.

Our Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy delivers excellence by providing the framework for:

  • high quality teaching
  • an engaging and inclusive approach to learning, assessment and achievement
  • a clear structure through which you progress in your academic studies, your personal development and towards professional-level employment or further study.

We have a strong reputation for developing student employability, supporting your development towards graduate employment, with relevant skills embedded throughout your programme of study.

We endeavour to develop curiosity, confidence, courage, ambition and aspiration in all students through the key themes in our Learning and Teaching Strategy:

  • Student Involvement and Engagement
  • Integrated Programme and Assessment Experience
  • Digital Literacy and Skills
  • Employability and Enterprise

To help you achieve your potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and real-world activities. This approach ensures that you fully engage in shaping your own learning, developing your critical thinking and reflective skills so that you can identify your own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape your own development.

We believe the secret to great learning and teaching is simple: it is about creating an inclusive learning experience that allows all students to thrive through:

  • Personalised support
  • Expert lecturers
  • Strong connections with employers
  • An international outlook
  • Understanding how to use tools and technology to support learning and development

Alongside timetabled contact hours, full-time students should expect to spend 35 hours a week on guided independent work, reading and writing; part-time students should allow half of this.

The workshop modules are assessed mainly on creative work, alongside an initial proposal and a reflective commentary; Reading as a Writer and Writing as a Profession are assessed on a portfolio of creative and critical work; and the Dissertation is assessed purely on creative work.

Entry Requirements

Leeds Trinity University is committed to recruiting students with talent and potential and who we feel will benefit greatly from their academic and non-academic experiences here. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

The following information is designed to give you a general overview of the qualifications we accept. If you are taking qualifications that are not included below, please contact our Admissions Office who will be happy to advise you.

  • A good 2:1 in Creative Writing, English or a related subject and a personal portfolio of creative writing (2,000 words or equivalent).
  • Applicants with other qualifications will be considered on their own merit. Places will be offered subject to an informal interview.

For more information on meeting English language requirements and academic requirements by country, visit our  International Applicants  page.

Please contact us for personalised advice on 0113 283 7123 or at  [email protected]

Fees and finance

Uk home students:.

For information about our tuition fees please visit our Student Fees and Finance pages.

If you studied your undergraduate degree at Leeds Trinity University, you may be eligible for a discount of up to 50% on the cost of your tuition fees.

International Students, including EU Students:

Visit our web page for  international students .

Leeds Trinity Alumni Discount

Some Leeds Trinity graduates are eligible for a tuition fee discount on postgraduate courses of up to 50%, excluding PGCE Delivery Partner Model and Lead Partner Model, and Masters by Research courses. You will need to achieve a 2:2 or above in a Leeds Trinity undergraduate course to qualify.

How to apply

There is no official closing date for applications, but the course will be closed when it is full. We therefore encourage you to make your application as early as possible.

Please ensure you complete the application form in full and supply all the required supporting documentation when you make your initial application. Incomplete applications may be rejected.

If you need advice on your application, please contact our admissions team on  0113 283 7123  (Monday to Thursday, 9.00am to 5.00pm, or Friday 9.00am to 4.00pm) or  [email protected]

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Applicants who require a Student Route Visa

If you require a Student Route Visa in order to study in the UK, then you must apply to us by Wednesday 31 July 2024. You must also meet all the conditions of your offer and present all supporting documentation required for the visa application no later than the end of June 2024. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Student Route Visa.

To view academic requirements by country, visit our International Applicants page

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What happens next?

Our admissions team will acknowledge receipt of your application by email. Where applications are submitted but references are still in progress, admissions will wait for the reference(s) to be received and then will process it, and forward to the relevant Programme Leader within five days of receipt of the reference(s).

The Programme Leader will make a decision based on your application. You may be asked to provide a reference to demonstrate your academic and non-academic experiences, or you may be invited to attend an interview. If you are successful and made an offer, the conditions will be outlined in your offer letter. 

Applications will be acknowledged within five working days. Applicants will be contacted within 15 working days with a request for additional information, invite to an informal interview or an application decision.

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Creative Writing (MA)

This programme is subject to revalidation.

Creative Writing is an increasingly popular subject at degree level and beyond.

It assists students in developing their passion for creative expression into successful writing (and we encourage and equip our graduates to publish their work).

It also supports independent writing projects that require both flexibility and sustained, self-motivated research - excellent training for a range of working lives and the bedrock of any entrepreneurial career.

The ability to produce good clear writing is an invaluable skill in a world awash with reports, from teaching to management.

Communicating clearly through precise language prepares students for a range of careers, from writing-based advertising or journalism, to related professions such as publishing, publicity or arts administration.

Creative Writing is well established at UWTSD. Our MA in Creative Writing was the first in Wales in 1997 and joint and single honours undergraduate programs soon followed.

As a result of their professional mentoring several former students now work in publishing and associated industries and we are proud of our track record of student publishing and award-winning success — we have at least one a year and many go on to further successful publications.

The course is offered both residentially and through blended (mixed on-campus/online) delivery.

You can apply directly to the University using the  Apply Now  button at the top of the page. 

  • MA Creative Writing
  • PG Cert Creative Writing
  • PG Dip Creative Writing

Reasons to study this course?

  • Study within a supportive but critical community of writers
  • Focus on the understanding of publishing
  • Wide application of writing skills
  • Excellent employability through training in the key skills required for any high-level job
  • Flexible delivery, including option to finish course with 12 months

What you will learn

The University has an excellent track record for the study of Creative Writing. Our Masters programme in Creative Writing has attracted students from a range of backgrounds and experiences — from recent graduates to mature students with a wealth of life experience.

This programme is designed for committed writers who wish to complete significant pieces of work and generally broaden their experience as writers.

The programme offers participants an opportunity to work with a range of writers across a number of genres, both campus based and visiting. It also introduces students to understanding how publishing works.

Modules focus on acquiring an understanding of creativity and genre, research skills for writers, and self determined projects. The creative project/dissertation element of the course allows students to develop work of a publishable standard with an individual tutor.

PG Cert, PG Dip & MA

  • The Child in the Time: Representation of the Child in Modern Literature (30 credits; optional)
  • The Craft of Writing: Exploring Voice, Form, and Practice (30 credits; compulsory)
  • The Writer's World (30 credits; compulsory)
  • Writing Workshop: Researching and Writing Place and Context (30 credits; optional)
  • Writing Workshop: Researching and Writing to a Single Focus (30 credits; compulsory).
  • Creative Writing Project (Dissertation) (60 credits; compulsory).

The programme’s assessment strategy consists of formative and summative assessments. Students are assessed on a range of creative and reflective writings, including creative tasks, reflective journal, review, and research essay.

Assessment for the programme has been informed by studies in Creative Writing Education as well as the subject benchmark statements of the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE, 2008) and the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA, 2016).

The decision to have 4 modules in part one - two assessed by portfolio and two through an individual research project – aims to hone particular writing skills and develop a larger sweep of focus. These modules prepare the student to manage the research and writing required for the Dissertation length Creative Project.

The first portfolio module presents the student with a range of different approaches to writing and a range of different tasks; the second introduces the writer to opportunities and ways of functioning as a professional writer. There is a similar stepped progression in the two research modules: the first focuses on researching and writing around an individual subject; the second broadens out to include context in the form of place or time. All require some meditation on, and reassessment of, writerly strategies employed in the practice.

The Assessment Strategy is designed in relation to the Learning Outcomes of the MA Programme and the individual component of that programme which is the module. Links are made throughout to the value of each assessment in enhancing the employability skills of graduates, both as professional writers and as writers applying their skills in an appropriate field. For Creative Writers a heightened awareness of linguistic pattern and meaning, high-level written and spoken communication skills and the invaluable skills of listening and discussion essential to any management position. 

The second purpose is that of developing highly skilled and flexible graduates with training in the key skills required for any high-level job: the abilities to discriminate, absorb, manage, and process complex information, to formulate and construct complex arguments that may be pitched appropriately to different audiences. As the study and practice of written communication, Graduates will be trained in good presentation and communication skills, particularly the skills of listening and co-operating without losing focus.

Key Information

  • Dr Jeni Williams
  • Dr Ros Hudis
  • Mr Dominic Williams

Applicants may have achieved a 2:1 degree in Creative Writing or a cognate discipline (those with a 2:2 may be considered for entry to a Postgraduate Diploma in the first instance). Other applicants without a first degree but with a level of experience are also encouraged to apply. In all cases a writing sample and interview will form the major part of the application process.

Through its links to a host of subjects including Drama, Media, Journalism, Film Studies and Theatre Studies, Creative Writing offers a range of possible writing opportunities. Our location in west Wales enables us to draw on opportunities in a developing area of film and television production here.

Students are introduced to understanding the world of the self-employed writer by being introduced to publishing (from approaching publishers, the steps of publication, the necessity of documents such as AI sheets), self-presentation in readings, collaborative, cross-disciplinary projects, residencies etc.

One of the biggest areas of growth is viral advertising narratives and there are also collaborative opportunities in games design and narrative. Links with Literature or History can lead to other possibilities, for example to careers involving narratives associated with archives and museums.

More widely the focus on both the structure and detail of language develops skills essential to any high-level graduate employment: to formulate and write clear and coherent narratives that present complex information to mixed (or at least varied) audiences. In addition, the programme focus on the respect and listening skills of the workshop is equally valuable. These skills are essential to any of the professions that deal directly with people. These may include social work, probation services, mental health advocates etc.

Students may spend up to £300 per year on books and additional related materials.

  • Creative Writing (BA)
  • Modern Literature (MA)

“My personal tutor, Jeni Williams, is amazing and has all the time in the world for any of her students” — Creative Writing, Academic Quality Report 2020

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.  To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.

Please visit our Accommodation pages for more information.

Please  get in touch with us if you have any questions related to the University or to this course in particular. 

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This course, the first Masters course in creative writing in an Irish university, was offered by the School of English for the first time in 1997-98. It is based in the Trinity Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing, 21 Westland Row, the birthplace of Oscar Wilde.

The M.Phil. in Creative Writing is designed as a one year, full-time course intended for students who are seriously committed to writing, are practising, or are prospective authors, and who wish to develop their writing within the framework of a university course and in the context of an Irish literary milieu. It involves the close and critical examination of the student’s work in group workshops and under guided personal tuition, with the study also of the professional techniques of book editing and publishing, and the opportunity to explore the cultural and literary contexts of writing in Ireland.

Applicants are expected to hold a university degree or equivalent qualification (awarded, at least, with a II:1/GPA 3.3). In addition, applicants must submit a portfolio of selected recent creative work. The portfolio of sample work should include no more than 3000 words of prose (short stories, excerpt/s from a novel or drama) or 6-8 poems; genres may be combined but this is not a requirement.

Students are required to take workshops, attend courses of lectures, and take one specialist writing workshop, while continuing to develop their own individual work throughout the year.


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