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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.

The Student Contract

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Financial support

You may be eligible for a scholarship or discount to help fund your postgraduate studies.

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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.

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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 (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.

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.

Prose Fiction or Poetry Workshops (30 credits each)

These small group sessions focus upon the development of works in progress in a supportive and critical environment.

Dissertation (60 credits)

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

SemesterModuleContact hours
One Reading as a Writer One two-hour evening class
per week
One Prose or Poetry Workshop 1 One three-hour evening class
per week
Two Writing as a Profession One two-hour evening class
per week
Two Prose or Poetry Workshop 2 One three-hour evening class
per week
Summer Dissertation One-to-one meetings with your
personal tutor, arranged at your

Course structure: part-time two year course

Year one

SemesterModuleContact hours
One Reading as a Writer One two-hour evening class
per week
Two Writing as a Profession One two-hour evening class
per week

Year two

SemesterModuleContact hours
One Prose or Poetry Workshop 1 One three-hour evening class
per week
Two Prose or Poetry Workshop 2 One three-hour evening class
per week
Summer Dissertation One-to-one meetings with your
personal tutor, arranged at your


Learning and teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping you achieve your 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
  • social responsibility.

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.

For over 50 years, we have developed a strong reputation for the quality of our teaching.

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
  • The right tools and technology
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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. 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 at admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk.

Student Finance

Additional costs

We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:

  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own.
  • Field trips may occur during this course and they will be either fully or partly subsidised by the University. More details will be provided at the start of the course.
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure.
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online

How to apply

Download the application form below.

Return the completed form to our admissions team:


Admissions Team
Leeds Trinity University
LS18 5HD

What happens next?

They will acknowledge receipt of your application by email, process it, and forward to the relevant Programme Leader within three days.

The programme leader will either make a decision based on your application or invite you to attend an interview.

If you're selected for an interview, you'll be contacted with details within ten days of your application being processed.

The admissions team will notify you of your interview outcome in writing within five working days of receiving a decision from the Programme Leader.

Made an offer?

You should accept or decline your offer by emailing admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk.

If you accept, you'll need to prove you satisfy the conditions outlined in your offer letter.

This will usually be by presenting the relevant supporting documentation in person to the student administration office (AM36) on campus.

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Why study with us?

If you’re studying an MA in Creative Writing, we believe that the majority of your time should be spent on creative writing, funnily enough! Our MA is distinctive for its strong emphasis on creative, with creative elements and plenty of writing time embedded into every module. 

You’ll learn how to read as a writer, analysing key building blocks of writing, like characterisation, person and tense, in diverse contemporary works of prose and poetry. You’ll understand and analyse the techniques that writers use, before applying these to your own work.

You’ll take part in lively and interactive writing workshops, taking it in turns to critique your peers’ work and receive constructive criticism on your own. We divide these workshops into prose and poetry, so you can immerse yourself in your preferred style of writing. You’ll have the opportunity to write  proposals for the prose or poetry projects you’re working on and craft submission letters to agents and publishers. You’ll also be encouraged to  reflect on the development of your work-in-progress, and your development as a writer.

Every writer dreams of getting their work published, and our alumni have proven that the MA can help make that dream a reality. But the reality is that publications alone rarely lead to a sustainable career in writing.

Our MA has been crafted to prepare our students 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.

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

Several anthologies have now been published under the imprint, along with several solo and joint collections from our MA Creative Writing students and graduates.

The course is designed 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. They’re award-winning writers, regular guests on literary festival line-ups and judges for prestigious prizes like the Costa Book Awards.

Because of their reputations, they’re also extremely well-connected with writing industry professionals. Through a series of guest lectures throughout the MA, you’ll have the chance to meet and learn from a range of literary agents, publishers, and writers who work on commissions for arts projects and charities.

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.

This community comes together for our monthly Open Mic nights, book launches and readings, literature festival performances and our annual Leeds Trinity Writers’ Festival.

Our creative writing community

To take your writing to the next level, you need to immerse yourself in writing.

This means developing a regular writing practice, reading widely and voraciously, and taking part in writing events – whether that’s as a spectator or performer.

We’ve designed the MA to help you do this, but we also offer plenty of opportunities outside of the MA to be partof a thriving community of  writers.

These include open mic nights, book launches, The annual Leeds Trinity Writers' Festival, and regional literature festival performances from our students, staff and alumni.

Open Mic nights

Each month, we host Wordspace – our very own Open Mic night in Leeds. It’s a welcoming event for writers and performers to try out their work in front of a supportive audience – from prose and poetry, to song and stand-up.

And if you don’t want to perform, that’s fine – many people come along each month to support our performers, discover new writers and be inspired.