MA in Creative Writing

The MA in Creative Writing at Wits University is a highly regarded two-year MA in which students complete a full-length creative project and an accompanying reflective essay. The programme is housed in the School of Literature, Language and Media but enjoys cross-disciplinary collaboration with lecturers and supervisors from several schools in the Faculty of Humanities. Guest writers and publishers are invited to conduct workshops or give lectures in the programme, giving students the benefits of their experience and expertise. This intensive course combines seminars with one-on-one supervision so that students receive extensive feedback on their work: from their peers, their supervisor and other supervisors in the programme.


Part-time over two years, by research

Benefits of the programme

The programme provides students with intensive feedback through its combination of seminars and one-on-one supervision.

The course is taught by highly respected and published writers, including Ivan Vladislavić, Bronwyn Law-Viljoen and Phillippa Yaa de Villiers.

The programme encourages robust criticism in a collegial workshop atmosphere.

Many graduates of the programme have gone on to publish with respected local and international publishers.

Enrolment criteria/Admission requirements

An Honours degree in literary studies, journalism or drama is a prerequisite for entry into the MA in Creative Writing. Occasionally a candidate without such a degree may, at the discretion of the course coordinator, be admitted to the MA on the basis of their submitted portfolio or an extensive publishing history. Candidates may be called for an interview as part of the application process.

Students must begin their applications by submitting a 50-page creative writing portfolio to the programme administrator. Only upon being offered a place in the programme will a candidate apply to be accepted into the University.

Career Options/Opportunities

Alumni may go on to careers in creative writing, journalism, advertising, and film and television.

Curriculum Outline/Modules taught

Two-year MA by research; fortnightly writing workshop for the duration of the degree.

Closing dates

The deadline for submission of portfolios is 15 September.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated June 11, 2019
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