Creative Writing Scholarships Creative Writing Scholarships

Kazuo Ishiguro, Anne Enright, Tracy Chevalier, Adam Foulds, Andrew Miller, Emma Healey, Tash Aw, John Boyne, David Almond…

The list of UEA alumni with published work is impressive and growing.

Our MA in Creative Writing was the first of its kind in the UK, and to date, despite having many imitators, it remains the leading programme.

The course is run in such a way that students not only have the advantage of being taught by established writers, who run workshops and give personalised feedback, but they have the support of a group of peers, a close knit community from which they can draw ideas and experience.

We want to fund every single place on this prestigious course.

With UK fees now at £7,550 and rising, and international fees having reached £14,800, gifted writers will seek paid employment after their undergraduate studies and may never have the opportunity to tell their stories to the world.

Poetry Scholars Shine Poetry Scholars Shine

UEA students Amanda Holiday and Kirstie Millar made their debut as UEA scholarship recipients at the Café Writers Poetry performance event at the Louis Marchesi in Norwich City Centre last week.

Kirstie is our latest Ink Sweat & Tears scholar, joining us from New York via Goldsmiths to win this prestigious scholarship, which supports one of the most talented students on the MA Creative Writing: Poetry course. She was joined by Amanda Holiday, the inaugural recipient of the Birch Family Scholarship. Amanda studied art in London and exhibited in various black art shows across the country, before moving to Cape Town, and ultimately returning to the UK to find her voice as a poet. Headlining the event was author Joe Dunthorne, an alumnus and professor at UEA. Joe’s first novel, Submarine, was translated into sixteen languages and adapted for film by Richard Ayoade. His second, Wild Abandon, won the 2012 Encore Award. His latest novel is The Adulterants.

The students were introduced by Kate Birch, the donor of their scholarships and the publisher of the poetry and prose webzine Ink Sweat and Tears. In 2011, she established the Ink Sweat & Tears Scholarship at UEA, and this year, her second scholarship is running for the first time. Kate was inspired to create the Birch Family Scholarship by the crowdfunding efforts of author Louise Doughty, who spearheaded a BAME scholarship in Creative Writing: Prose Fiction at UEA this year. Kate’s scholarship is the Poetry version, and both scholarships were launched this year.

The evening celebrates and highlights their creative achievements, and that of their fellow poets. Joe read from his new book of poems, which will be published by Faber & Faber in 2019.

You can read some of Kirstie and Amanda’s poetry on the Ink Sweat & Tears website, and further information about the Café Writers on their website.


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Founders Founders

Founded by Angus Wilson and Malcolm Bradbury in 1970, the course’s first student, Ian McEwen, spent his Master’s year writing 20 short stories and has since embarked on an internationally acclaimed writing career.

Alumni have either won or been shortlisted for every major literary award in the UK, including the Booker Prize, whilst in 2011 the course was itself awarded a Queen's Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education, the UK's most prestigious Higher Education award.

Tracy Chevalier, novelist and UEA MA Creative Writing alumna Tracy Chevalier, novelist and UEA MA Creative Writing alumna

“My time at UEA was a big step in my career as a writer. It forced me to take writing seriously, and to change the direction of my life. Without it I would probably still be working nine to five in an office.”

City of Norwich City of Norwich

This innovative programme also benefits from the wealth of experiences, support and networks the city of Norwich has to offer an emerging writer:
The Writers Centre Norwich was established with the purpose of extending the literary activity at UEA and placing it in the city centre where historically it belonged, and socially would have greater impact. Since its inception the Centre has grown to become the driving force behind Norwich’s rapid development in the creative industries.
In 2012, Norwich was recognised as England’s only UNESCO City of Literature – one of just seven places in the entire world with this designation.
The UEA Literature Festival; regular free UEA Live events around the city for the public to meet our authors; UEA FLY, an annual festival of literature for young people; and NOIRwich, a newly created crime-writing festival; all contribute to the networks surrounding the MA Creative Writing.
Norwich and UEA are thus on the world map of literature and now, at a crucial point in our development, we seek to involve more philanthropists in our work and to intertwine their stories with our own.

How can you help? How can you help?

Donate to scholarships

All donations to creative writing scholarships will be directed to the Malcolm Bradbury Memorial Scholarships Fund. Named after the course’s founder, the scholarships offer £7,000 to support emerging writers at the start of their literary career. All gifts will join together to help enhance the literary landscape we all enjoy today.

Named Scholarships

Named Scholarships are an excellent way of recognising your own love of literature, your time at UEA, and of creating opportunities for others.

If you are interested in creating a named Scholarship please contact Georgette Ward, Development Manager, on +44 (0) 1603 597574 or email: