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"Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work." - Stephen King

Why study Creative and Professional Writing?

Creative Writing challenges you to explore the universes of your imagination. You must love words and language and be passionate about reading and writing, but the rewards can be immense and hugely satisfying. Few people write really well, but if you learn to do it - and we can help you - you will always be a step up on the competition.

Why St Mary's?

There is no snobbery in the teaching of creative writing at St Mary’s. Our job is simply to make you the best writer you can be. We are open to all kinds of writers with a wide array of interests, from science fiction to screenplays and from rap to romance. You tell us what you want to write and we will help you to write it as well as you can.

There is only one way to write, and that is to write. Perhaps that sounds like circular reasoning, but it’s the fundamental truth about the craft. In the Creative and Professional Writing programme we want you to write. A lot. Because if you love writing, and we assume you must, then you just have to sit down and get to it.

Come and read and write with us.

A Student View

Alexandra Faye Milton
“I have developed so much as a writer and students here are given fantastic support from staff... I have no doubt that my writing has improved tremendously since being on the course.”


Arts and Humanities NSS results 2015

Creative and Professional Writing scored 90% for overall satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey.


95% of St Mary's students were employed or undertaking further study within six months of graduating according to the latest HESA Destinations of Leavers survey.