Why study Creative Writing: First Novel?

You want to write a novel. We have an Master's degree that will help you write it. And we think what we do is unique.

Why? Because the St Mary's Creative Writing MA works with a very small cohort. This means you will receive one-to-one tuition on a far more regular basis compared to other Creative Writing postgraduate courses. Here, you will be personally guided through the journey of your first draft, rather than being another student at the back of a large class. No short stories, no poetry, no screenplay. Just your novel.

Your novel deserves a tutor that understands all, and not just some of its parts. And you deserve a tutor who will coach not just the first draft of your novel, but also the development of your creative process.

Why St Mary's?

St Mary's tutors have published novels and are publishing now. Drawing on our connections with the industry we have, in the first year alone, brought in the winner of The Costa Novel award (2014), the fiction director of Bloomsbury, and The Bookseller's Agent of the Year (2014).

When you have finished the degree, you can choose to continue workshopping and drafting with the dedicated cohorts we establish every year.

In 2016, we're planning to team up with writers from the University of Gloucestershire for a writing retreat in Wales, where we can spend more time with our students.

We are passionate about our craft, and about your craft too. It is why our first PhD student in Creative Writing struck a two-book deal with Canongate and sales in multiple foreign territories.

Not convinced? Pick up the phone or email Programme Director and author Russell Schechter today – he wants to hear about your novel – the one you know you have to write.

Email: russell.schechter@stmarys.ac.uk
Tel: 020 8240 4023

Mode of Study: Full-time (One year) or Part-time (Two years)
Also Available As: Postgraduate Diploma; Postgraduate Certificate

A Student Profile

Jess KiddJess Kidd
Jess studied Creative Writing at St Mary's from 2011 until 2014. Her novel, Himself, will be published by Canongate in July 2016. Jess is now working on two further novels, along with her first collection of short stories – many of which are either set in Ireland or have Irish protagonists.

Jess graduated with a PhD in Creative Writing, following the completion of an MA in Creative Writing (Enabling Creative Writing in the Community). Her PhD dissertation focuses on the ways in which disparate modes and genres can be brought into correspondence to create new hybrid forms – adaptable crime fiction variants. The critical commentary explores the tensions and similarities, contrasts and shared concerns in these two different approaches to fiction writing. Her research resulted in a magic realist crime novel, which was later revised and rewritten for publication. Jess is currently working on several academic articles drawn from her PhD research.

Jess has published short stories and a London theatre group has performed her work.