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MA Biography and Creative Non-Fiction

University of East Anglia UEA

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    University of East Anglia UEA

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    27-SEP-21

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

This is one of very few courses in the UK that gives you the opportunity to concentrate exclusively on writing non-fiction. Our students come from extremely varied backgrounds, and in the past have included barristers, a zoologist, actors, doctors, teachers, a master of wine and an asparagus farmer.

The age range is diverse too: from people in their early twenties to those in their sixties and seventies. Students come from all parts of the globe but all are united in their desire and commitment to write non-fiction. The diversity of students and the range of their interests is one of the great strengths of the course, as is its collegiate atmosphere: you’ll discover that you’ll learn as much critiquing your peers’ writing as you do writing your own pieces.

Some people come with a project in mind, others have no specific idea about what they want to write. Either approach is fine – the course gives you the opportunity to develop an existing project and to experiment with different subjects and voices. Your time at UEA offers you a unique opportunity to focus on your writing in a stimulating and supportive environment.

We encourage you to take advantage of UEA’s vibrant literary culture. Each year a dozen or so leading novelists, poets and non-fiction writers visit Norwich to take part in our autumn and spring literary festivals. You will also have the opportunity to meet some of the UK’s leading agents and publishers, who make regular visits to the university to give talks.

We publish an anthology of our students’ writing each year and distribute it to a key list of editors, agents and critics.

ABOUT

Literary non-fiction is changing in exciting ways and this is your chance to be a part of it.

Instead of the old ‘cradle to grave’ narratives of well-known literary or political figures, our best modern writers are now experimenting with new forms and subjects. Nature-writing, the personal essay, food journalism, art criticism and memoir are all part of the exciting emerging mix.?

So if you want to develop your own non-fiction writing in any of these genres or one of your own, this MA programme is for you. You’ll study on one of the only dedicated non-fiction MA courses in the UK at the country’s leading university for the teaching of Creative Writing. This enables you to graduate with the best grounding possible for a successful and fulfilling literary career.?

Application deadline

01-06-2021

Tuition fees

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£ 17,600per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

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University of East Anglia UEA

  • University League Table

    25th

  • Campus address

    University of East Anglia UEA, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 7TJ, England

UEA is a highly-respected university. Its beautiful campus is surrounded by English countryside and provides a safe and friendly place to live and study.
Join a welcoming and diverse community of international students. Students get all the support they need, before and after they apply.
Located in beautiful parkland, UEA is also just a short bus ride away from the centre of Norwich, a buzzing yet historic city.

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