Creative writing

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

Creative writing
Our undergraduate courses in creative writing let you experiment and explore your creativity.

From fiction and poetry to non-fiction and performance writing, you examine a range of different genres and approaches so you can develop your craft and shape your own writing style.

Why study here?
  • Think critically and artistically in our unique literary conservatoire.
  • Our courses are taught by leading academics and writers.
  • We encourage innovation, experimentation, and originality in writing and thinking.
At Essex, your writing can grow within a unique context of innovative, interdisciplinary practice.

Published writers help you progress your writing and understanding of your chosen form, including poetry, literary and genre fiction, creative non-fiction, playwriting and performance art.

Why study here?
  • Explore connections with other art forms alongside world-renowned scholars and writers.
  • We're ranked among the Top 200 institutions in the world for English language and literature (QS 2017).
  • Our teaching is underpinned by excellent research — 75% is 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' (REF 2014).
A research degree in creative writing involves an original writing project in combination with critical work. 

Whether your project involves poetry, fiction, theatre, screenwriting, or another form such as psychogeography, you will benefit from expert supervision by experienced writing practitioners. You become part of an active and interdisciplinary research community that will challenge you intellectually and artistically.

Why study here?
  • We regularly invite writers to give talks, readings and masterclasses to our students as part of our Writers at Essex series.
  • We run weekly research seminars with speakers from around the world and host major conferences and symposia.
  • Our research students also organise and present at our annual PhD conference.
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