Creative Writing and Publishing
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The Graduate Diploma is a new programme equivalent to the level of the third year of a BA (Hons). It is designed for aspiring writers who want to develop their skills and explore different creative forms. You will study fiction, creative non-fiction (with particular emphasis on essay, memoir, journaling) and poetics. There will also be opportunities to explore long form journalism and scriptwriting as well as an introduction to the mechanics and processes of modern publishing. You will be encouraged to experiment with form and style in order to develop your own voice. There will be a primary focus on the development of craft over and above literary theory.
The programme is part-time and delivered at either:
West Dean prides itself on providing an inclusive and student focused experience with regular one to one tutorials and feedback on your work during and after each study block.
At the heart of this programme is the opportunity for you to invest time and attention in your writing, hone your abilities and develop your craft through supported practice with teaching delivered by a committed team of successful, published writers.
What to expect
If you complete the Graduate Diploma with a grade B or above you will automatically be offered a place on the MA Creative Writing and Publishing. If you complete the GD with a lower grade you will be offered an interview for the MA Creative Writing and Publishing.
Learn more about the course structure for each semester and year.
GDCW1 – The Act of Writing
|GDCW2 - Reading as a Writer
|GDCW 3 – Writing Well
|GDCW 4 – The Practice of Writing
|GDCW 5 - Thinking Critically
|GDCW 6 - Transformational Nature of Writing
30 Sept - 2 Oct 2024
|Study block 1
|14 Oct - 16 Oct 2024
|Study block 2
|11 - 13 Nov 2024
|Study block 3
|25 - 27 Nov 2024
|Study block 4
|6 - 8 Jan 2025
|Study block 5
|10 - 12 Feb 2025
|Study block 6
|10 - 12 Mar 2025
|Study block 7
|22 - 24 Apr 2025
|Study block 8
|9 - 11 Jun 2025
|Study block 9
|5 - 6 Oct 2024
|19 - 20 Oct 2024
|9 - 10 Nov 2024
|29 - 30 Nov 2024
|11 - 12 Jan 2025
|15 - 16 Feb 2025
|15 - 16 Mar 2025
|7 - 13 Apr 2025
|Retreat at West Dean
|26 - 27 Apr 2025
|17 - 18 May 2025
|14 - 15 Jun 2025
You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and supervised practicals. In addition, you have personal tutorials with your subject tutor.
On the Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing you typically have around 17-18 contact hours per study block, typically consisting of:
When not attending lectures, seminars and workshop or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve:
Over the two years of the course approximately 30% of your time is spent in scheduled teaching and learning activity Scheduled teaching and learning: 380 hours Independent learning: 1200 hours
Course fees are the same for UK and international students
Lunch, accommodation and other living expenses are additional. Find out more
A £250 course fee and £200 accommodation deposit (if residential) is required to secure your place. Details will be provided to you in your offer. Fees are billed termly in advance. Please see the Terms and Conditions for further information.
Scholarships and bursaries are available, based on individual need.
If you are a UK/EU student you may be eligible to apply for a Student Loan (tuition fees and/or maintenance loans) from the Student Loans Company.
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Subject Leader - MA Creative Writing and Publishing
Mark Radcliffe is the author of three novels; Gabriel's Angel (2010), Stranger Than Kindness (2013), and most recently, Three Gifts (2023). He has a PhD in Creative Writing and Philosophy (University of Sussex) and an MA in Creative Writing (UEA).
Domenica de Rosa is the author of sixteen published novels, twelve of them written under the name Elly Griffiths. As Elly Griffiths, she is best known for the highly successful Ruth Galloway crime novels. In 2016, she won the Crime Writer's Association Dagger in Library Award for her body of work.
Lesley Thomson's first novel Seven Miles From Sydney, (ed: Jeanette Winterson) was one of London’s City Limit’s Books of the Year in 1987. Recent novels include The Companion (June 2022), and The Mystery of Yew Tree House (September 2023).
Laura has published six novels for adults, including Crossing the Line, Skin Deep, Redemption Song and The Family Line; as well as numerous short stories. As an editor and mentor, Laura coaches writers to competition shortlistings and publication.
Beth Miller is the author of six novels, including the bestselling The Missing Letters of Mrs Bright (2020). Her most recent novel, The Woman Who Came Back to Life (2022), will be published in seven languages. She has also published two non-fiction books. She has a PhD in Psychology and is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Brighton University. She teaches regularly for Arvon, and is a book coach for writers at all stages.
Mick Jackson's first novel, The Underground Man, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and won the Royal Society of Authors' First Novel Award. His novels, collections of stories and an e-book are published by Faber and Faber. Mick was an RLF Writing Fellow at the University of Sussex and has been writer in-residence at the Science Museum, London and the Booth Museum of Natural History, Brighton. He has an MA in creative writing.