The Centre for Creative Writing
The Centre for Creative Writing at City University London is a special place.
We believe in enabling writers to be published, produced and performed. That is why our MAs demand the completion of either a full-length play, novel, screenplay or non-fiction book - for the simple reason that there is no other way to learn how to write. You complete the work and you make it ready to go out there and be sold.
The new joint MA in creative writing and publishing takes this a step further, providing new writers with an in-depth knowledge of the publishing industry. On this pathway, you will develop your creative skills while learning about the business and how it's evolving so that the role of writer and producer are becoming intertwined.
Add to that our location in the heart of London - within walking distance of key agents, publishers, theatres, production companies. This gives us unparalleled links with industry professionals. But it also means we can attract the very best writers - working writers - as tutors and mentors and lecturers.
As part of our links with the publishing industry, our students have had the opportunity of using www.agenthunter.co.uk - a comprehensive database of agents and publishers.
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Guest Writers visit every term
Every term, writers visit the Centre to give us insights into their work and working methods.
Audrey Niffenegger is the author of two novels: starting with the worldwide success, The Time Traveler's Wife in 2003, followed by Her Fearful Symmetry in 2009, as well as an illustrated novella, Raven Girl in 2013. She is also the author of visual and graphic novels and short stories. Also an artist, she is Professor in the Department of Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago. Her new novel is in progress, under the title The Chinchilla Girl in Exile.
Monica Ali was selected in 2003 as one of the "Best of Young British Novelists" by Granta magazine based on her unpublished manuscript; her debut novel, Brick Lane. It was published later that year by Doubelday. It was then shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and adapted as a film in 2007. Since then she has published Alentejo Blue (2006), In The Kitchen (2009) and Untold Story (2011), a version of the life of Princess Diana if she hadn't died in that car crash but did decide to disappear and re-invent her life.
A.M. Homes, who was in London for the Women's (formerly Orange) Prize for Fiction - her latest novel May We Be Forgiven having been shortlisted. She is the author of This Book Will Save Your Life, Music For Torching, The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers, and Jack, as well as two short-story collections. Her work has been translated into twenty-two languages and she has also created original television pilots for HBO, FX and CBS and was a writer/producer of the series The L Word. UPDATE: After visiting City, A.M. Homes won the Women's Fiction (formerly Orange) Prize, our congratulations to her.
Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem has been described as 'theatre for the mind, heart and soul'. The writer visited City University London in November 2011 and talked to MA students about how he was inspired to write the play as well as some of his process.
Screenwriter and playwright Mike Leigh has visited the course three times, most recently to speak about his film Another Year. He spoke to students about the film's shifting protagonist, his work with actors and the themes and development of the film.
Jeremy Harding is a contributing editor at the London Review of Books. His books include The Uninvited: Refugees at the Rich Man's Gate, Small Wars, Small Mercies, and Mother Country. Jeremy spoke to our creative writing non-fiction students recently about his memoir, a true story about adoption, secrets and the need to belong.