The Masters in Creative Writing at UEA is the UK’s oldest and most prestigious degree. Our graduates include Booker prize-winning novelists Ian McEwen, Kazuo Ishiguro and Anne Enright; UEA alumni continue to succeed in a very competitive publishing market.
People come to study at UEA for many reasons: to write the novel they have always dreamed of writing, to explore their creative potential, to live in a community of like-minded people who care passionately about reading and writing.
Our students come from far and wide – from Canada, Nigeria, Singapore, the Philippines, India, to name but a few – to learn and flourish in an environment of total commitment to literary and academic values.
Situated in Norwich, England's only UNESCO City of Literature, each of our Creative Writing courses offers an opportunity to develop as a writer in an exciting literary and social setting, to work under pressure of deadlines, to share the experience of writing with colleagues in a supportive creative and critical atmosphere, and to be taught by writers of established reputation.
The UK's first MA in Creative Writing was established at UEA by the novelists Malcolm Bradbury and Angus Wilson in 1970. The UK's first PhD in Creative and Critical Writing followed in 1987. Creative Writing at undergraduate level has been taught informally since the 1960s and formally since 1995.
In 2011 UEA's Creative Writing programme was awarded a Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, the UK's most prestigious higher education award, in recognition of its continuing excellence in delivering innovative courses at a world-class level.
In the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), a major Government analysis of university research quality, the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing has come 10th among UK English departments. 82% of our research has been rated either 4* (world leading) or 3* (internationally excellent).
A look at the roll call of our alumni will suggest something of the spirit and direction of Creative Writing at UEA, as well as its diversity.