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English and Creative Writing

Discover an exciting range of dynamic degrees in creative writing and literary studies

English and Creative Writing

Discover an exciting range of dynamic degrees in creative writing and literary studies

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Develop your critical and creative voices

English and Creative Writing courses

Discover our dynamic and exciting courses with a wide range of single and joint honours

Our courses are taught by practising and published critics, literary theorists and world-leading writers, who work together to deliver a broad range of courses.

Our selection of single and joint honours courses allow you to incorporate academic study from across the humanities and build your degree around your passions.

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PhD study

Choose Ƶ to develop your specialism within English and Creative Writing

The Ƶ welcomes applications for doctorial candidates and those choosing to study with us benefit from working with specialists in their respective fields who have national and international reputations.

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Expert teaching staff

Learn from leading experts and published writers

Reader in English Literature

Dr Leeson is the Director of the Iris Murdoch Research Centre and is an expert in women’s literature of the 20th century.

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

Karen is a multi-award winning writer who specialises in the contemporary novel, children’s fiction and short fiction.

Professor of Critical Theory

Professor Noys focuses on critical and literary theory, with particular interest in the avant-garde, film, and cultural politics.

English and Creative Writing

Learn more about our English and Creative Writing department

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The craft of writing

Explore writing as a craft as you learn the foundations of great storytelling

Learn to understand the world around you and explore the your creativity through a writer’s notebook, tap into your own experience to inform your creative thinking, and use the wider world as inspiration for your writing.

Find your form

Learn to write for a diverse range of forms to find the one that fits for you

You will have the opportunity to learn, and then specialise in, a wide-range of creative writing disciplines including: fiction, novels, screenplays and creative non-fiction.

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Industry insight

Engage industry professionals and widen your network

Gain the opportunity to engage with the wider creative writing industry through regular readings from guest writers, book launches, and an annual publishing panel where you can meet and talk with agents and editors.

Graduate success

Join a successful community of writers who learned their craft at Ƶ

In recent years, students have gone on to publish novels, poetry collections, win prizes in major competitions such as the Bridport Prize and have poems and stories in magazines such as The Paris Review and Staple.

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Study the greats

Examine the work of some of the most influential writers

Gain a deeper insight into the work of some of the most
well-respected writers, including authors such as Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde, and Charles Dickens.

Go beyond tradition

Expand your horizons as you study exciting genres that push beyond realism

Explore literature from across a plethora of genres that go beyond traditional ‘realism’, with options to study fantasy, fairy tales, Afrofuturism, science fiction, and gothic literature, as you understand more about how they formed within their historical and cultural origins.

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Women's writing

Dedicated modules that explore the history and women in literature

Learn from leading experts in contemporary women’s writings as you explore the evolution of the literary work of women throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.

Critical eye

Develop your knowledge of literary theory from Sigmund Freud to Judith Butler

Learn about the history of critical theory and its relationship to wider political and social movements both in Britain and around the world as you explore modernity, feminist theory, structuralism and psychoanalysis.

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Award Winning Ukrainian Author Volodymyr Rafeienko

Digital residency

Welcoming award-winning Ukrainian author Volodymyr Rafeienko

Celebrated Ukrainian author Volodymyr Rafeienko has published his first essay since being awarded a digital writing residency by the Ƶ.

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