We pioneered the teaching of Creative Writing in the United Kingdom and in 2020 we celebrated 50 years of teaching it. We established the first Masters in Creative Writing in 1970 and the first PhD in Creative and Critical Writing in 1987.
Situated in Norwich, England’s first UNESCO City of Literature, each of our courses offers an opportunity to develop as a writer in a vibrant and supportive environment. Our year-round programme of literary events includes the Norwich Crime Writing Festival, the hugely successful UEA Live (previously known as the UEA Literary Festival), and its student-run companion series, New Writing Live.
Our students join us from all over the world and progress to careers across the creative industries. The publishing success of our graduates remains unrivalled, and in 2017 one of our alumni, Kazuo Ishiguro, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Still the UK’s most prestigious Creative Writing programme, we’ve been awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in recognition of our continuing excellence in delivering innovative courses at a world-class level.
See how we celebrated 50 years of creative writing at UEA and find out more at the New Writing website.