Edinburgh Napier University Creative Writing

By | 29th May 2017

Edinburgh Napier University Creative Writing

Creative writing

Develop your skills by studying narrative techniques and vocational skill alongside professional writers and industry experts,  no matter what medium you work in. Take advantage of our specialist writing facilities and teaching internship scheme.

  • MA Creative Writing – Postgraduate, Full-Time

    Add expertise to your talent and ideas and learn in the company of industry experts on this innovative, inspiring course for aspiring writers.

  • MA Creative Writing – Postgraduate, Part-time

    Add expertise to your talent and ideas and learn in the company of industry experts on this innovative, inspiring course for aspiring writers.

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Edinburgh Napier University Creative Writing

MACreative Writing

Postgraduate, Full-Time

Add expertise to your talent and ideas and learn in the company of industry experts on this innovative, inspiring course for aspiring writers.

Course introduction

If you want to make a career in writing, this course is for you. You already have talent and ideas, we’ll add the expertise you need to approach your chosen market with confidence, originality and skill. No ambitions are out of bounds: we love commercial genre fiction and literary experiments equally.

We aim to ensure our graduates are equipped to succeed – and to change the culture they choose to enter.

We take an innovative approach to the training and support of aspiring writers, driven by intellectual ambition and practical industry experience. There are four strands to the programme:

  • developing narrative technique
  • practising vocational skills (including abridgement, adaptation and collaborative creation)
  • experimental, theoretical and personal development work
  • regular one-to-one editorial mentoring

Uniquely, the course offers a dynamic range of cross-disciplinary options. Writing for graphic fiction, screenwriting, interactive media and creative non-fiction are all offered as specialisms, while our pioneering module in genre fiction covers crime, horror, fantasy and science fiction with YA options in each.

We host an exciting programme of lectures and master classes from award-winning authors and high-profile industry experts. In addition, an internationally recognised author joins us for 12 months as Writer in Residence, to develop new work alongside students, share experience and offer one-to-one consultations.

Edinburgh Napier University Creative Writing

Our approach to full-length narrative development trains you to deploy a range of unique and dynamic pre-writing techniques invented by our programme. This energetic combination of conceptual development and critical self-reflection will transform you into a technically adept, purposeful writer ready to make your mark.

This is a one year full-time course starting in September and is split up into three trimesters.

The course is taught by industry professionals Sam Kelly, a former literary agent and David Bishop, a successful working writer and former editor. In addition to campus facilities, our students have access to the Writers’ Room, a private workspace with Wi-Fi, available evenings and weekends. It houses an exclusive library of 2,000 hand-picked books, DVDs and graphic novels and is the venue for reading groups and social events.

The MA is piloting a Teaching Internship Scheme, offering selected graduates the opportunity to develop their teaching practice with the course for a further year.

Subjects include

  • Creating Narrative – Writer’s Toolkit
  • Innovation and Authorship
  • Creative and Editorial Development
  • Writing Practice – First Person Narrative
  • Writing Graphic Fiction
  • Writing Genre Fiction
  • Creative Non-Fiction
  • Interactive Media
  • Major Project