Creative writing

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

Creative writing

Are the best writers born or made?

Your imagination is the starting point. But to write well is to read widely and listen closely. At Essex we nurture our creative writers with an inspirational reading list. We teach you the skills you need to effectively express your ideas. And we help you find and define your voice, whether that’s through poetry, prose, drama – or something else entirely.

We don’t believe good writers are born. They’re made at Essex.

Why study here?
  • We have been the home of great writers, including Robert Lowell, Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott and Booker Prize winner Ben Okri.
  • You will be taught by practising writers and have the opportunity to see you work published in our anthology Creel.
  • We encourage both artistic expression and critical discernment in our unique literary conservatoire.
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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 departments in the QS World University Rankings (2018)
  • We encourage both artistic expression and critical discernment in our unique literary conservatoire. 
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Showcasing the best postgraduate writing

Take the opportunity to feature your writing in Creel, the annual anthology of creative writing produced by current postgraduate students in our department.

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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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