Master of Arts (MA) in Creative Writing

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  • Do you have an imaginative streak?
  • Ready to get those creative juices flowing?
  • Is there a writer inside you waiting to burst out?

Put the pen to paper and further your journey into a writer’s career with the Warnborough MA in Creative Writing!
The M.A. program in Creative Writing of Warnborough College is unique and delivered completely online.  It is based on Aristotle’s theory of mimesis, but despite its ancient roots, the program meets all the needs of a postmodern writer looking for new paradigms.

Alternatively, check out our MA in Screenwriting.

Warnborough College’s MA in Creative Writing program is aimed at the serious writer and is flexible, yet comprehensive in its scope.  It allows writers of different genres to tailor the program to suit individual needs.  Candidates on the program will get to demonstrate that the pen is mightier than the sword.

If you have already completed our Creative Writing Certificate or Diploma, you can receive recognition of prior learning (credits  / exit points)  towards this course.

For a Master of Arts (MA) degree, students must successfully complete a total of 120 ECTS credits. All requirements must be satisfied, unless students are granted exemptions.

By Instruction (Modular):
Students are required to complete 8 core modules and a thesis manuscript or multi-genre portfolio of their work of approximately 100 pages.

Or, by Research or Projects.

Program Structure – MA in Creative Writing

8 Core Modules 64 ECTS credits (32 in the American system) + Thesis (56 credits) = MA (120 ECTS credits)

This rigorous program involves sixteen months of study: eight months of modular work and eight months of thesis composition.  Each module lasts four weeks or one month.  Since modules are sequential and build upon each other, students may only work on one module at a time.  Those who require additional time for thesis composition may petition the College for additional terms.

Students can work with their mentors to combine modules into customised programs, suited to their interests and capabilities. The descriptions will give you a sense of areas in which to proceed, at the graduate level, and professionally.  Exemptions may be awarded based on prior courses taken, professional experience, writing and research samples, and  art portfolios.
General thesis requirements are as follows:

  • For Poetry: The composition of a book of poems: 70 to 100 pages in length.
  • For Fiction: The composition of a novella, 100 pages in length, or a collection of short stories of approximately the same length. (Specialisations include science fiction, fantasy, magical realism, or mainstream literary fiction.)
  • For Playwriting: The composition of a play, 100 pages in length.
  • For Creative Nonfiction: A series of essays, 100 pages in length.

Program Modules

All individual modules are 8 credits each, except where stated otherwise.

The following modules are compulsory:

  • WR500  Mimesis of Texts I
  • WR515  Outlines

Core Modules (8 credits each)

  • WR500 Mimesis of Texts I
  • WR501 Mimesis of Texts II
  • WR515 Outlines
  • WR538 Narration and Story Development
  • WR540 Dreams and the Inner Writer
  • WR545 Creativity Theory and Practice
  • WR560 Writing for a World Audience
  • WR585 Mythopoesis for Creative Writers

Click HERE for a list of all modules.

We deliver this program via distance learning. Students work independently, with the guidance of an allocated mentor, while groups can conduct learning via the Online Moodle. Occasionally, there are optional summer workshops.

Program Director Dr Sandra Hutcheson is the author of two books and  is a humor columnist for the Sunday edition of the St. Augustine Record and her articles have appeared in Creative Nonfiction magazine, Southern Journal, and Doxie Digest. She teaches writing at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, and at the University of Phoenix.