Master Of Narrative

Escuela de Escritores

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Master Of Narrative

Escuela de Escritores


Welcome to the IX Promotion

Welcome to the IX Promotion of the Writing Master Narrative The art and the craft of School of Writers.

The Master of Writing Narrative unites - through the experience of the School of Writers - the tradition of the chairs of Creative Writing of the Anglo-Saxon universities with the didactic approaches of European schools and universities members, like us, of the European Association of Creative Writing Programs (EACWP). The objective of the masters is to teach the office of writer and to work the three pillars that make this craft in an art: the technique, the creativity and the sensitivity.

Since its creation in October 2009, there are more than ninety students who have participated in this pioneering teaching project in Spain.

A writer is done writing, yes, but if he really wants to be an artist of his time, he must also know the literary tradition that precedes and adds to it, the tools of textual analysis, the artistic and thought movements in his dialogue with the writing, or what of the future of the narrative we glimpse at the beginning of the 21st century.

And, of course, a writer must establish a channel of communication with himself, with his gaze and his truth, with the sources - always very personal - of his inspiration and creativity, with what he, and only he, has to tell.

Technique and sensibility, art and craft; an ambitious goal for which we have designed a learning that will have as guides to the most prestigious teachers of writing, with years of experience behind them, that share cloister with artists, writers, editors, playwrights and experts in philosophy, history, literature, psychology and creativity. We also have the participation of schools such as Escola d'Escriptura del Ateneu from Barcelona or from publishers as attentive to the present of Spanish literature as Foam Pages, Page Jump, Tropo, Talentura or Gens.

Alessandro Baricco, Luis Landero, Rosa Montero, Enrique Vila-Matas, Juan José Millás, Ray Loriga, Luis García-Montero, Bernardo Atxaga and others , Almudena Grandes, Andrés Neuman, Luis Goytisolo or Agustín Fernández Mallo, among others - will complete a training aimed at facilitating the student's technical knowledge of the trade and enhance the creativity and individuality of the artist. Click here for complete information on the access test.


First year

First quarter

  • Theoretical subjects
    • Philosophy and literature
    • Theory and Practice of Narrative I
    • Classic literature
    • Writing and Psychology
<li>Practical subjects<ul><li>Narrative techniques I</li> <li> Critical Reading I</li> <li> Poetic language</li> <li> Grammar and style I</li> <li> Creative classroom I</li>

</ul><p><em>Second term</em> </p>
  • Theoretical subjects
    • Contemporary Literature
    • Theory and Practice of Narrative II
    • Literary genres
    • Contemporary Literature in Spanish
<li>Practical subjects<ul><li>Narrative techniques II</li> <li> Critical Reading II</li> <li> Grammar and style II</li> <li> Creative Classroom II</li>

</ul><p><strong>Second year</strong></p>

First quarter

  • Theoretical subjects
    • Medieval and modern literature
    • Writers and Artists
    • Psychological Approaches to Creativity
    • Autobiographical writing and autofiction
<li>Practical subjects<ul><li>The dialogue in the narrative</li> <li> Critical Reading III</li> <li> Narrative Projects I</li> <li> The literary character</li> <li> Creative Classroom III</li>

</ul><p><em>Second term</em> </p>
  • Theoretical subjects
    • Textual analysis
    • Professional editing and reading
    • Introduction to the essay
    • Literary critiqueLiterature for children and youth
<li>Practical subjects<ul><li>Narrative Projects II</li> <li> Argumentative debate</li>


The projects that, in the opinion of the responsible teachers, have higher literary quality will be valued by the reading committees of the publishers Alfaguara, Foam Pages and Page Break, with which School of Writers maintains collaboration agreements; this reading does not necessarily imply a commitment to publication.

These projects will be carried out during the second year of the master, where a good part of the work will be done in which each of the students write a narrative project in which they can practice and settle the resources and skills learned and give rein to their imagination and creativity. This project will have a minimum extension of 80 pages and may be a novel (short) or a collection of stories. To conclude this project will be indispensable to approve the Master and the qualification of the same will be key in establishing the final note of the student. In order to carry out this project, the students will have a subject, Narrative Projects I and Narrative Projects II, dedicated to guide them in the writing process, as well as tutorials (two for each term) in which they analyze personally with the teacher the situation of each project.

In addition to these teaching hours, we estimate that the writing of the project will 300 hours of work to the student.

And after the Master

To finish the Master is not the end of a road, but the beginning.

Some alumni of previous promotions have been awarded scholarships for courses, stays or practices by publishers or institutions such as the EU or the Biennial of Young Artists of the Mediterranean. A number of them are dedicated to the teaching of Creative Writing. Many of them are professors in School of Writers, others they are in diverse centers of Spain and Latin America. Media and communication departments, advertising agencies, publishers, the profile of our students is increasingly demanded.

But the main objective of the Master is to train writers and that is why we are especially proud of that 25% of students in the first five promotions who have published one or several books, in many cases the Master's own final project. And, of course, that they obtain such prestigious literary prizes as the Felipe Trigo de Narrativa 2016.

In short, the knowledge that will give you the Master of Narrative will open the path of writing, but also all the paths and roads that cross it.


The Master of Writing Narrative is intended to develop the technical skills, creativity and sensitivity of the writer.

To achieve this we propose a theoretical-practical approach articulated in three types of classes: theoretical sessions of an hour and a half of duration, practical sessions between two and two and a half hours, and seminars of the Creative Classroom, four hours long. In addition, in the second year, the student will have two hours of personal tutorials with the professor of Narrative Projects for four months.

The class schedule for the 2017/2019 course will be from Monday to Wednesday, in sessions of 3 and a half hours (1 theoretical and one practical). Creative classroom sessions will take place approximately one Saturday a month, in the morning (10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.).

Although much of the work will be done in the classroom, the students will have to do home writing exercises, as well as the readings and the works commissioned by the teachers of the different subjects. Conferences and meetings with writers may also be held, if deemed necessary, outside of class hours, although attendance at them will be voluntary.

  • To obtain the master's degree, the following requirements must be met:
  • Attend to at least 70% of the teaching sessions of each subject and participate in them actively.
  • Deliver the work or pass the proficiency tests requested by each teacher at the end of the respective subjects.
  • To approve the master project. The evaluation of this project by the faculty will grant a grade from 1 to 10. This qualification, together with the overall grade in the rest of the subjects, will determine the final grade with which the student will receive the degree. These notes may be: Suspense, Approved, Notable, Outstanding and Outstanding cum laude.

Conditions of admission

  • Fill in the registration form, choosing the date to take the test.
  • Overcome the access test.
  • Submit a resume and a short story or script sample.
  • Make a payment of 1,250 euros in a maximum period of ten days once notified the admission.

Access test

The interviews will be held at the headquarters of Escuela de Escritores in Madrid (C / Covarrubias 1). The test will consist of a questionnaire that will evaluate the knowledge of the student in literature, art, history, philosophy and narrative techniques and in a proof of writing whose proposal will be known at the time.


The full amount of the two years of the Master of Narrative is 12,500 euros. School of Writers offers two different modes of funding.

  • Up to a maximum of 5 years through Ibercaja.
  • Up to a maximum of 1.5 years through the School of Writers.

In case of cash payment a discount of 2% will be applied on the total amount of the master's degree.

This school offers programs in:
  • Spanish

Last updated September 12, 2017
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This course is Campus based
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Oct. 2018
2 years
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12,500 EUR
Spain - Madrid
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