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MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes


Director of StudiesFiona Hamilton

Validated by Middlesex University



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Currently in 2020/2021 academic year: Module One & Two/Four & Five will be taught online via Zoom (with a further review in Spring 2020 for modules 3 and 6). All handouts and a selection of pre-viewing are available via the Moodle VLE. Contact days and hours will remain the same 9.00am-5.00pm. 

Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes (CWTP) is a growing field of research and practice. This course aims to prepare students for the challenges and demands of working in the field of CWTP. The core values of the course are humanistic and person-centred, emphasising people’s potential for growth, change and movement in a positive direction in their lives.

A unique, non clinical MSc course in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes. Exit Points available at Post Graduate Certificate (Year One) and Post Graduate Diploma (Year Two).

Time commitment: The programme is taught over 10 weekends per academic year, in each of the first two years. Participants may choose to undertake a research project in Year Three.

This course requires applicants to submit 12 pages of their creative writing.

The course is attractive to two groups of people:

  • Those with an interest in literature and how it may be used to assist those experiencing life problems, or seeking personal development.
  • Those currently working, or aiming to work in the helping professions, who seek a comprehensive training to prepare them for working in the field of CWTP.


Course Philosophy: 

There is a strong emphasis on creating opportunities for participants to develop the personal qualities that becoming a facilitator of CWTP demands. The MSc draws on the range of current literature on theory and practice in both creative writing for therapeutic purposes and in counselling. It is open to theory and practice from other established creative and therapeutic disciplines, as well as ethical and philosophical viewpoints and practices that support creative and therapeutic processes.

Underpinning the practice of CWTP is a rapid growth of theory and research. The course offers students opportunities to engage with this literature, in ways that foster their critical abilities and helps them to find their own voice on major issues. The course enables students to explore this field, building upon their prior knowledge and skills gained from a relevant first degree and/or experience, with a strong emphasis on the integration of theory and practice. It comprises theoretical study, experiential learning, group work, practical skills training, peer supervision experience, and creative and personal development. CWTP has the capacity to harness imagination and envision ways towards healthier societies and enhanced collective wellbeing for people and the planet. This involves addressing issues of inequality within structures and particularly the social, historical, political and institutional beliefs and behaviours which uphold inequalities. The MSc provides a wide range of resources to support engagement with this process, including encounters with creative texts and accounts of lived experience, articles on micro-aggressions, discrimination, and privilege. Consideration of the ‘field’ of CWTP and how this can be broadened to our physical and planetary environment encourages us to re-imagine the future from a personal and much broader perspective

Experienced CWTP practitioners can apply to enter the course in Year Two via Accredited Prior Learning Click Here.

To find out what our students say about the course: click here.

For a list of our diverse completed MSc CWTP research click here.

For further details on the MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes, please see the document below. 

If you have any queries about any administrative aspect of your application or if you require more information please contact Cristina on 020 8579 2505/020 8832 3096 (direct line) or e-mail cristina.soares@metanoia.ac.uk

For academic related queries please contact Fiona Hamilton Fiona.hamilton@metanoia.ac.uk

We also offer a Practitioner Certificate in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes for Therapists




MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes

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