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Creative Writing

Master of Arts

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Creative Writing

Master of Arts



    Year of entry: Sept 2020 
  • Course Type:  Full time (1 year)
    Part time (2 years)
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Course Overview

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

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

Why study with us?

We focus on 'creative'. Our MA is distinctive for its strong emphasis on creative, with creative elements and plenty of writing time embedded into every module.

Learn from internationally renowned writers. We've designed the course to help you develop your identity as a writer and make practical steps in getting your work seen and heard by a wider audience. Guiding you through this process are internationally published writers, whose work has received critical acclaim from across the world.

Publishing opportunities. We are proud to work in close partnership with an independent publisher to give our students regular opportunities to get their writing published.

Be part of a thriving creative writing community. Over the years, we've been home to a diverse community of published and award-winning writers – students, staff and alumni alike – who have helped to cement our reputation as a centre for creative writing excellence.

We'll prepare you for a career in writing. Our MA has been crafted to prepare you for a wide range of roles that will allow them to pursue a fulfilling career in writing as a profession beyond publication. Alongside their published work, our alumni teach writing at community and school-level, they work as copywriters and communications professionals, and they run writing festivals and events.

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Course Information

About this course >

This MA puts the emphasis on ‘creative’, giving you plenty of time to write and it incorporates 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. 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 to negotiate your first steps towards getting your work out into the world.

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

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Further Study

Structure >

The four modules of the one-year full-time course are: 

  • Semesters 1 and 2: Prose Fiction or Poetry Workshops (each 30 credits). These small group sessions focus upon the development of works in progress in a supportive and critical environment. Two three-hour evening classes per week.
  • Semester 1: Reading as a Writer (30 credits). 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. Two three-hour evening classes per week.
  • Semester 2: Writing as a Profession (30 credits). 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. Two three-hour evening classes per week.
  • Summer: Dissertation (60 credits). Building on the Workshop modules, this provides one-to-one support with your personal tutor, arranged at your convenience, as you complete a major piece of work in your chosen genre. 

If you opt to do the MA part time over two years, you will take Reading as a Writer and Writing as a Profession in Year 1, with the Prose or Poetry Workshops in Year 2 (One three-hour evening class per week). You will complete your dissertation in the summer of Year 2.

Learning and Teaching >

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.​ #expand#​​


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 >

A good 2.i in Creative Writing, English or related subject
  • Personal portfolio of creative writing (2,000 words or equivalent).
  • Applicants with other qualifications will be considered on their own merit.

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in English Language​​.

Places will be offered subject to interview. If English is not your first language IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6.5 in any component) or equivalent is the minimum requirement.

Please contact us for personalised advice on 0113 283 7123 or​​

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

For information about our tuition fees please visit the Student finance page for UK and EU students

If you studied your undergraduate degree at Leeds Trinity University, you are eligible for a discount of up to 50% on the cost of your MA tuition fees. Find out more​​​​

International Students:

Visit the following page for International ​Fees and Funding information. 

Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa.​

Additional Costs

Career progression

Our graduates have published novels in diverse genres, short fiction, and poetry collections, have edited or been included in journals and anthologies, and have won or been shortlisted for local and national prizes. Some have become workshop leaders or tutors, or have worked with poetry and story with marginalized groups. Others have used the MA for professional development, or have continued to write for publication alongside other employment.  

Creative Writing Workshops

​Leeds Trinity University has launched a series of workshops and writing days to help aspiring and established writers develop their writing and work towards completing a novel, poetry or short story collection.

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Alumni Stories

"The MA at LTU gave me the structure and routine which I needed to focus on my writing. But more than that it provided me with a writing community that I still am involved with today." - Liz Mistry

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