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Writing for Young People MA

Bath Spa University
Bath
English
Fall

Program description

Writing for Young People MA

This Creative Writing course is for writers for children of all ages, from the picture-book age through to young adult (YA). Prose fiction is likely to be the main area studied, but you'll have the chance to look at writing in all forms, including poetry, picture book texts and narrative non-fiction for young people.

The course supports you to create a significant body of writing, with practical plans for its place in the real world of publishing. It is based on the principle that most writers learn and benefit from working closely with their fellow writers, in a disciplined, supportive setting, and with tutors who are practising and published writers in their field. Most of our students aim to complete a novel by the end of the MA.

The writing workshop is at the heart of the course. With tutors and your fellow writers in a workshop setting, you'll learn to see your work through objective eyes and to think clearly about the different strategies you might adopt. You'll learn from each other’s mistakes and successes, as well as your own. You'll be urged to try things out, take risks and experiment, and reflect on and discuss the writing process. The context modules help you to see your own writing in the wider context of published children’s writing. The course encourages you to read widely and analytically.

Admission requirements

We offer places on the basis of our assessment of your quality, potential and commitment as a writer and your ability to benefit from the course.

Usually, but not invariably, you will have a degree. This may be in subjects other than Creative Writing.

This is not a beginner’s course, so we will be looking for evidence of originality in your writing for young people, and a sense of audience.

You will have read widely in the field of contemporary children’s literature.


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Program content

This course includes or offers the following modules. Please check the course handbook or definitive programme document for full details on which modules are core, required or optional.

  • Writing Workshop One: Writing for Young People
  • Context Module One: Writing for Young People: Forms, Ages and Stages
  • Writing Workshop Two: Writing for Young People
  • Writing for Young People: Contemporary Children’s Publishing
  • The Manuscript (double module).

Tuition fees

UK and EU students full time fee for 2019/20 entry is £7,600

UK and EU students part time for year 1 is £3,800

UK and EU students full time fee for 2019/20 entry is £14,800

Career opportunities

Graduates have achieved publication deals with a range of different mainstream and smaller publishers, including Andersen Press, Bloomsbury, Chicken House, Egmont, Faber & Faber, Gullane, Hot Key Books, Nosy Crow, Orion, Oxford University Press, Penguin, Quercus, Scholastic, Simon and Schuster, Templar and Walker Books. Many more students have secured literary agents and are likely to secure publication deals in the future.

Some students who have performed well on the MA and have published work have subsequently taught Creative Writing at the University. Some have taught creative writing for other institutions. Some have combined their writing with subsequent careers in journalism, writing for magazines, teaching of different kinds, publishing or television.

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BA2 9BN Bath
United Kingdom

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