Master of Narrative


Program Description

© Chema Madoz - VEGAP 2017
Chema Madoz - VEGAP 2017

Welcome to the X Promotion

The Master of Narrative The art and the trade unite - through the experience of Escuela de Escritores - the tradition of the creative writing chairs of the Anglo-Saxon universities with the didactic focuses of the European member schools and universities, like us, of the European Association of Creative Writing Programs (EACWP) . The objective of the master's degree is to teach the craft of writing and to work on the three pillars that make this craft an art : technique, creativity and sensitivity.

Since its creation in October 2008, more than 120 students have participated in this pioneering teaching project in Spain.

A writer is writing, yes, but if he really wants to be an artist of his time, he must also know the literary tradition that precedes him 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 envisioned at the beginning of the 21st century.

And, of course, a writer must establish a channel of communication with himself, with his look 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 sensitivity, art and craft; an ambitious goal for which we have designed a learning that will have as guides the most prestigious writing teachers, with years of experience behind them, who share a cloister with artists, writers, editors, dramatists and experts in philosophy, history, literature, psychology and creativity. Likewise, we have the participation of schools such as the Escola d'Escriptura del Ateneu from Barcelona or of publishers so attentive to the present of Spanish literature as Pages of Foam, Page Break, Tropo, Talentura or Gens.

The seminars and periodic meetings with writers and their reflections on the literature that comes - have already passed our classrooms Alessandro Baricco, Luis Landero, Rosa Montero, Enrique Vila-Matas, Juan José Millás, Ray Loriga, Luis García-Montero, Bernardo Atxaga , Almudena Grandes, Andrés Neuman, Luis Goytisolo and Agustín Fernández Mallo, among others- will complete a training aimed at facilitating the student's technical knowledge of the trade and enhancing the creativity and individuality of the artist. Click here to access the full information about the access test.


First year

First quarter

  • Theoretical subjects
    • Philosophy and literature
    • Theory and practice of the narrative I
    • Classic literature
    • Writing and psychology
  • Practical subjects
  • Narrative techniques I
  • Critical reading I
  • Poetic language
  • Grammar and style I
  • Creative classroom I

Second term

  • Theoretical subjects
    • Contemporary literature
    • Theory and practice of narrative II
    • Literary genres
    • Contemporary literature in Spanish
  • Practical subjects
  • Narrative techniques II
  • Critical reading II
  • Grammar and style II
  • Creative classroom II

Second year

First quarter

  • Theoretical subjects
    • Medieval and modern literature
    • Writers and artists
    • Psychological approaches to creativity
    • Autobiographical writing and self-fiction
  • Practical subjects
  • The dialogue in the narrative
  • Critical reading III
  • Narrative projects I
  • The literary character
  • Creative classroom III

Second term

  • Theoretical subjects
    • Textual analysis
    • Professional editing and reading
    • Introduction to the essay
    • Literary criticLiterature for children and youth
  • Practical subjects
  • Narrative projects II
  • Argumentative debate


The projects that, in the opinion of the responsible teachers, have higher literary quality will be valued by the reading committees of the publishers with which Escuela de Escritores maintains collaboration agreements; this reading does not necessarily imply a commitment to publish.

These projects will be carried out during the second year of the master's degree , where a large part of the work will be done by each of the students writing 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 length 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 one will be key at the time of establishing the final note of the student.

To carry out this project, 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 per semester) in which they will analyze personally with the teacher the situation of each project.

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

And after the Master

Finishing the Master is not the end of a path, but the beginning.

Some students from previous promotions have been granted scholarships for courses, stays or internships by publishers or institutions such as the EU or the Biennial of Young Artists of the Mediterranean. A good number of them are dedicated to the teaching of Creative Writing. Many of them are professors in Escuela de Escritores , others are professors in various centers in 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 all the students who have published one or several books , in many cases the Master's thesis project itself. And, of course, that they obtain or be finalists of prestigious literary awards such as the Felipe Trigo de Narrativa 2016, the Setenil de Relato Award, the Nadal Prize or the Kutxa-City of Irún de Novela.


The Narrative Writing Master is designed 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 in duration, practical sessions of between two and two and a half hours, and seminars of the Creative Classroom, lasting four hours. In addition, in the second year, the student will have two hours of personal tutorials with the professor of Narrative Projects per semester.

Although a good part of the work will be developed in the classes, the students will have to perform writing exercises at home, as well as the readings and the works commissioned by the professors of the different subjects. Conferences and meetings with writers may also be held, if deemed necessary, outside of class hours, although attendance to them will be voluntary.

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

Admission conditions

  • Fill in the registration form, choosing the date to take the test.
  • Pass the access test.
  • Present a curriculum and a short story or writing sample.
  • Make a payment of 1,250 euros within a maximum period of ten days once the admission is notified.

Access test

The interviews will be held at the headquarters of the Escuela de Escritores in Madrid (C / Covarrubias 1) or through the Internet. The test will consist of a questionnaire that will evaluate the student's knowledge in literature, art, history, philosophy and narrative techniques and in a writing test whose proposal will be known at the time. Here you can check the calendar of tests for the X Promotion .


The full amount of the two years of the Master's Narrative is 12,500 euros. Escuela de Escritores offers two different modes of financing.

  • Up to a maximum of 5 years through Ibercaja.
  • Up to a maximum of 1.5 years through Escuela de Escritores .

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

You can check the details about scholarships and funding by clicking here .

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

Bienvenido/a a la mayor escuela de Escritura Creativa en español del mundo. Todos tenemos una historia que contar y todos podemos encontrar la mejor forma de hacerlo. Porque, sí, se puede aprender a e ... Read More

Bienvenido/a a la mayor escuela de Escritura Creativa en español del mundo. Todos tenemos una historia que contar y todos podemos encontrar la mejor forma de hacerlo. Porque, sí, se puede aprender a escribir. La escritura es un oficio y, como en cualquier oficio, el primer paso es conocer y dominar las técnicas que te permitirán ejercerlo con maestría. Enseñar este oficio es nuestra razón de ser. Aprenderlo no solo está al alcance de genios tocados por el dedo divino: lo descubren cada día desde hace 15 años las miles de personas que han pasado por nuestras aulas presenciales y virtuales. Cuando un oficio se ejerce con maestría, se convierte en arte y cuando hablamos de arte también hablamos de esos intangibles que son el talento o la inspiración. El talento no se aprende, pero tengas poco o mucho, puedes desarrollarlo en el entorno adecuado. Los escritores siempre han necesitado rodearse de otros escritores en busca de guía o consejo. Escuela de Escritores es un espacio de encuentro para escritores hispanohablantes de todo el mundo, una comunidad donde compartir la experiencia de vivir escribiendo con tus compañeros de grupo, acompañados por muchos de los mejores profesores de Escritura Creativa de España. Read less
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