Centre for Creative Writing

Part of Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies

About us

Creative writing at Essex focuses on the practice and theory of becoming a writer.

Since our department's inception in the 1960s under the poet Donald Davie, we have nurtured a tradition of distinguished writers, who have shaped literature as we know it. These include Robert Lowell, Michèle Roberts, Ken Smith, Tom Raworth, Ed Dorn, Ben Okri, Pierre Joris and Ted Berrigan.

The modern-day Centre for Creative Writing consists of writers with a unique breadth of experience across literary genres, from novels, prose and plays, to poetry and song.


Memory Maps

Memory Maps is an online writing project delivered by the Centre for Creative Writing which began as a collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum.

It explores the relationship between people and place, and objects which are associated with place. It continues to provide opportunities for students to contribute writing about place.