Develop your writing in a supportive and creative environment. Learn from our team of professional writers how to improve your technique - and get published.
ARU Creative Writing MA alumni Jade Slaughter talks about the benefits of the course and her role as Creative Content Manager for Scouts.Jade's story
Join a course taken by many successful published authors and take your creative writing to a professional level.
Our Masters course in Creative Writing will give you the opportunity to improve your writing by practising and sharing it with a close group of fellow writers, including specialist lecturers who are published authors.
You’ll study the most acclaimed writers of the past 200 years and discover the techniques they used to make their work stand out. We’ll give you opportunities to practise your technique in areas such as characterisation, structure and pacing, and experiment with different forms of writing.
Whether you want to refine an existing piece of work or experiment with new forms of writing, you’ll receive advice and support from a team of published writers, who include our Royal Literary Fund Fellows.
You’ll use what you’ve learned to create samples of writing to share with lecturers and your fellow students. This will allow you to receive a wide range of responses to your work as well as learn to critically evaluate the work of others.
As a postgraduate Creative Writing student at ARU you’ll have access to talks, masterclasses, and networking opportunities with agents, publishers and established writers. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in live reading events and to work together on the design and contents of a showcase print anthology.
Taught in Cambridge and offered full- or part-time, this Masters degree is a great way to study a subject you love and perhaps transform your career.
Course Leader: Dr Jon Stone
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Alumnus Megan talks about how studying creative writing helped her career in marketing, and grew her confidence in sharing her writing.ARU Spotlight Podcast: Megan Herdson
Writing Lecturer Jon talks about poetry in the digital age and the importance of communities for creative writing.ARU Spotlight Podcast: Jon Stone
Screenwriting Lecturer Toby talks about his creative work, including BAFTA-winning Netflix horror film ‘His House’.ARU Spotlight Podcast: Toby Venables
As a postgraduate student at ARU you’ll be able to:
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Our Creative Showcase shines a spotlight on what makes ARU creative and cultural – our spaces, places and people. Find out more about our community, the difference we make, the stories we tell, and the things that inspire us.
Meanwhile, Present is an exhibition that you curate for yourself. Explore the work of our graduating students in this eye-catching virtual degree show.
Alternatively, take a guided tour and meet our students.
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Royal Literary Fund Fellow
Our MA Creative Writing will help you prepare for a career as a creative writer or in related areas such as publishing and the media. It will also give you critical and analytical skills valued by many employers.
Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You could choose to continue your academic career with a research programme at ARU such as our PhD Creative Writing. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and save £400 on your fees.
If you studied for the Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma initially, you can choose to complete further modules and top-up to a full Masters degree.
“I’ve realised I’ve always loved stories – whether it’s reading or writing – because it’s a chance to make a connection with someone else. I’m not alone.”Megan
MA Creative WritingMegan's story
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Improve your employability, progress in your career, and take on an intellectual challenge with our flexible postgraduate degrees.Postgraduate study at ARU