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Barcelona creative writing

Barcelona creative writing

You will be trained by highly experienced teachers made up of renowned storytellers, poets, translators, journalists, novelists, and literary critics, several of whom have been awarded prestigious prizes.

Get involved in the publishing sector

The master has links with various publishers, such as Candaya, and is a member of the European Association of Creative Writing Programs.

Write your own novel in the Master’s Final Project

The Master’s Final Project consists of writing a book of the literary genre that you decide upon: novel, poetry, essay, etc. where you can enhance your creative talent and written expression.

Join the community of writers

You will be part of a community of dialogue where each development shares comments on texts and readings in a stimulating way. You will create a group of university alumni that will remain active beyond the course.

Discover new ways to narrate

In addition to delving into the characteristics of each of the literary genres, you will learn the new forms and areas of current literature and the keys to transmedia and the digital field.

Who is it for?

The Master in Literary Creation is aimed at graduates in any field who have a passion for literature and writing, feel it as their vocation, and want to learn to use the power of the word.


The curriculum of the program is structured into 3 topics with their respective subjects so that students develop their creativity and explore the different literary genres, as well as various techniques to be able to write texts in each one of them. At the end of the master’s degree, all students must complete a Master’s Final Project that consists of writing a book.

Introduction to the history of literary creation through great works and authors that have shaped the western tradition. From the Middle Ages to Modernity, canonical and fundamental texts in the various genres will be analysed, pointing out the reasons for their historical relevance, their aesthetic excellence and their semantic richness, as well as their influence on the course of history and the practical value that they may have for those who want to dedicate themselves to literature today.

Historical and practical journey through the world of publishing, with the aim of understanding the complexity of the artisanal, industrial, journalistic, technological, and academic system in which texts circulate.

Introduction to creative writing, with the aim of theoretically and conceptually delving into the problems of writing.

All text is based on a structure, an architecture and an engineering. Universal plots, popular narrative structures, and their respective types of protagonist or heroes will be addressed, along with the planning of short and long texts.

Postmodernism has created its own literary forms and has explored its own themes, in keeping with the society, technology, and science of our time. A writer in the 21st century must know both the tradition and classical forms and the trends of postmodern and digital literature.

A theoretical reflection and a practical work on non-fiction literature are proposed, favouring the debate in class and the development of a critical stance regarding genre and its limits. Special attention will be paid to journalism. Other genres such as interviews, memoirs, and essays will also be addressed.

The documentary panorama of the turn of the century will be addressed and some of its protagonists will be given a voice.

The novel and its construction as a genre, its structure, and the elements that make it up (rhythm, tone, narrative tension, type of characters, type of narrators, etc.) as well as its transition from modernity to postmodernity will be reviewed.

This will address the romantic structures in all their complexity. And it will analyse the different ways in which it is possible to construct climactic scenes, epiphanies, plot twists, and memorable endings.

Here we will work around the main approaches that have nurtured the tradition of the contemporary short story. We will review the history and tradition of the short story, which is embedded in the orality of cultures, and we will review the theoretical reflections that different authors have raised about the art of the short story, especially in the 20th century.

Creation seminars with invited authors, which will address various specific aspects of the theory and practice of the story: its relationship with contemporary art, its North American tradition, its form, materiality, and speed. Includes colloquia on the work of the authors themselves.

Description and study of the formal, imaginary, and thematic mechanisms of poetry and, at the same time, the development of the capacity for analysis and judgment of poems from different periods, with special attention to contemporary poetry. The notion of form, the operation of figuration in language, the construction of the poetic voice, the use of symbols and the limits of poetic diction will be studied.

Offers a set of literary resources and textual modalities appropriate to the present conditions, while exploiting the creative possibilities of disciplines of knowledge such as the sociology of emotions, cultural criticism, or genre theory.

Deals with the Master’s Final Project, its difficulties, its solutions. The student will work with the creative process from its origin to its culmination, with an emphasis on experiences of writing great works of universal literature and on how to structure complex literary projects. There will also be space for the description of the cultural field and the publishing world, with direct dialogue with former students, editors and agents.

The different narrative languages of our time will be explored, as well as their relationship with the different publishing and content platforms.

This will consist of the writing of a work of an approximate length of between 50 and 75 pages. It will be divided into two parts: the first, which can be brief as a prologue and will contain a reasoned justification of the project presented in the second part. This will consist of an original and unpublished literary text, in Spanish or Catalan, of any of the main genres of current literature. The projects will be evaluated by a panel.

Complementary activities

BSM Inside is a transversal and interdisciplinary module, common to all master’s and postgraduate degrees at UPF Barcelona School of Management, which has been conceived to work on a set of key competencies for professional development in conjunction with the real needs of today’s organizations.

This module extends throughout the academic year and is made up of 3 areas of knowledge that constitute the identity traits of the UPF-BSM: Communication; Entrepreneurship and Innovation; and Planetary Well-being and Humanities.

All the subjects of the BSM Inside module are 100% online and have been designed as self-learning subjects: from the first day of the subject until the end of the term you will have all the teaching materials available on the eCampus and you can work with the material and the different activities that it contains at your own pace, according to your availability and in a self-organized way.

Qualification obtained

Once you have passed the program, you will be awarded the degree of Máster en Creación Literaria, issued by the Pompeu Fabra University.


The teaching team for the master’s is made up of renowned storytellers, poets, translators, journalists, novelists, and literary critics, several of them winners of prestigious awards. You will learn and be inspired with the help of distinguished writers.

Academic directors

UPF with dedication to UPF-BSM
Full Professor UPF

Part-time lecturer UPF-BSM
Program Academic Director


Part-time lecturer UPF-BSM
Program Academic Director

UPF with dedication to UPF-BSM
Full Professor UPF


The course combines master classes, literary theory, commentary on literary texts, conversations with creators about their work, tutorials on the students’ own works in progress, participation in cultural activities, debates on their own projects, and workshops on chronicles and stories also written by the students.

Fully practical subjects

The master’s subjects are eminently practical and involve the completion of exercises, and participation and writing by the student.

Participation in seminars and events

Seminars will be held with small groups and individualized tutorials. The practicum will also involve participation in various events that will be specified in due course.

A cross-sectional, theoretical, and practical method

The Master guarantees that the student accesses the creative processes of some of the great writers of our time and delves into their own creative writing.

An immersive experience in literary Barcelona

The Master allows the student to feel part of the network of bookstores, libraries, cultural centres and publishing houses in the city of Barcelona.


The evaluation is carried out through a continuous monitoring of the progress of the students using a variety of means regarding the activities carried out and participation in the classroom. The continuous evaluation ensures an equitable distribution of effort and a progressive acquisition of knowledge. Experiential subjects are assessed based on attendance, input, and classroom learning.

The student will carry out work in all the subjects, which will be duly corrected by their teachers. They will carry out assessments of student input in class, particularly of case discussions and exercises. In addition to the exercises in each subject, the main element for the evaluation of the students will be the presentation of the Master’s Final Project.


The On-Campus&Live methodology allows you to follow the program in person and also remotely.

In this modality, two stable subgroups are opened that will coexist throughout the course: one face-to-face and the other with 100% remote students. The remote students (a maximum of 15 places per course) will follow the program in a synchronous way with the face-to-face students. That is, they will share the same school calendar and schedule as the face-to-face students.

Project-oriented learning and the combination of lectures and active methodologies such as case studies, flipped learning, solving real problems, and professional simulations allow the student to connect theory and practice, acquire advanced skills, and achieve learning which is transferable to the job. The face-to-face modality is enriched with elements of online programs (virtual learning environment, multimedia resources, among others) so that the learning experience of the two subgroups is equally satisfactory.

Creative English

Do you want to write in English? We offer:

Daily workshops on the essential elements of creative speaking and writing: character, angles of narration, setting and description, dialogue, themes, subtext etc. Classes are small, with a maximum of 8 students, and tailored to the requirements of the students.

The opportunity to give and receive feedback on your own work in a supportive learning environment: stimulating and being stimulated by new perspectives

Learn editing skills: identify common pitfalls in your own work and ways to rectify and improve.

Speaking practice: within a group to engender an atmosphere of discipline and camaraderie.

The chance to see, walk around and find inspiration in Barcelona, a city of literary heritage and a thriving literary scene.

Address: Carrer Pare Lainez, 19, Barcelona


350 € per person, including all material.
Extracurricular activity (free): guided tour in old part of Barcelona


1stTo get the PRE REGISTRATION FORM send an e-mail to [email protected] telling us which course you would like to take or fill out the form down below with the same information

2nd-Fill out and send the SpainBcn-Programs Staff Training Week in Barcelona PRE REGISTRATION FORM to [email protected]

3rd– After we receive the PreRegistration Form, we’ll send you the INVITATION LETTER to attend SpainBcn-Programs Staff Training Week in Barcelona.

4th.- After, most of the participants send us the Staff Mobility for Training -Mobility Agreement,that we, at SpainBcn-Programs , have to sign and to stamp. Note: In case you do not need The agreement, just inform me and we’ll go to next step (point number 4)

5th – PAYMENT Payment & Registration fees can be done:
a.- By Bank Transfer or credit card . Transfer fees are to be paid by sender.
b.- At SpainBcn-Programs School in Barcelona (by credit card or cash) the first day of class.
Please let us know your option of payment at [email protected] or the contact form bellow.

6th.- A week before your program starts, we’ll send you a PDF with your program, information regarding transportation in Barcelona, Museums, activities, excursions. and the list with the names of the other participants, emails.

7th.- See you in Barcelona!!

Channel your inner writer

One of the best ways to express yourself and indulge in your creative side is by writing. Many people keep journals, write poetry, or utilize other forms of the written word to tap into their emotions or as a way to express the way that they feel. If you are interested in writing and want to increase your skills there are many classes and workshops that you can take advantage of to help you channel your inner Hemingway or Fitzgerald.

The Creativity Workshop

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If you’re looking to be inspired by the incredible city of Barcelona to help your writing, you should consider The Creativity Workshop. This sis a workshop that takes place over 5 days with 3.5 hours of writing per day. This is perfect for travelers or for those who live outside the city as you will spend the week writing and wandering the city searching for inspiration. The instructors of the workshop will help you to better understand the creative process, overcome any fears that you have while writing, and help you to stimulate your imagination and innovation. There are different prices for the workshop as you can choose an option including hotel and breakfast if you’re coming from out of town. This workshop is a bit pricey but will definitely help you on your road to self-expression and art.

Laboratori de Lletres

If you want to take your writing in Spanish or Catalan to the next level, consider taking a class at Laboratori de Lletres. This is a writing school dedicated to the written word, as all of the teachers and staff are writers and avid readers. The school is located in the center of Barcelona, not far from Passeig de Gràcia. There are several formats of classes to choose from, as you can take classes at the school or online, courses of several weeks or just one day. As summer is here you can take advantage of a summer writing class, one or two week intensive courses in which you will study Spanish literature and practice creative writing. Laboratori de Lletres requires for most classes that you have a higher level of Spanish to ensure that you can make the most of the classes. Even if you are taking the classes in Spanish or Catalan you can use the principles that you learn and apply them to your writing in English as well. This school can help you to make the most of your writing and improve in ways you never thought possible before.

Escuela de Escritura Ateneu Barcelonès

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Located in the heart of Barcelona and right off of La Rambla you will find the Escuela de Escritura Ateneu Barceloncès. It is the perfect place to hone in on your passion for writing and to elevate the creativity and artistry. This school is one of a few spread throughout Spain and is a part of the European Association of Creative Writing Programmes. The courses that are offered are very flexible as they are available in Spanish, Catalan, and English as well as on-campus and online, so you can choose a class to best suit your needs. Besides typical writing genres like poetry and narrative you can also explore classes in cinema, television, literature, and technique. Whatever you choose yo study, you will be guided by a teacher who is a dedicated to their craft and will help you to become the best writer you can be. Check out their website today and get writing.

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