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The UEA Creative Writing programme was established by the novelist-critics Angus Wilson and Malcolm Bradbury. Many other significant writers have since led the programme or taught on our courses, including Angela Carter, Patricia Duncker, Richard Holmes, Andrew Motion, Michèle Roberts, W.G. Sebald, George Szirtes and Rose Tremain. Details can be found on the Former Faculty page.

A roll call of the Visiting Professors, Teaching Fellows and Associate Tutors who have also taught on our programme can be found on the Former Tutors page. 


Atkinson, Tiffany

Tiffany Atkinson is a Professor of Creative Writing and Convenor of the MA in Creative Writing (Poetry). She gained a PhD in Critical Theory at Cardiff University before moving to Aberystwyth University to lecture in English Literature and Creative Writing. She is the author of three poetry collections: Kink and Particle (2006), which was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and winner of the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize; Catulla et al (2011), which received a Literature Wales Bursary and was shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year prize; and So Many Moving Parts (2014), which received a Hawthornden Fellowship and was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. She is the editor of a theoretical textbook, The Body: A Reader (2003), and has strong research interests in the medical humanities, especially the history of anatomy and representations of the body. She is currently working on a poetic sequence exploring representations of pain, illness and recovery – work that won the 2014 Medicine Unboxed Prize - and a series of critical essays about “the poetics of embarrassment”.

Azzopardi, Trezza

Trezza Azzopardi is a Lecturer in Creative Writing and a graduate of the UEA Creative Writing MA. Her first novel, The Hiding Place, was short-listed for the Booker Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. It has been translated into eighteen languages. Remember Me was published in 2004 and was shortlisted for the Arts Council Wales Book of the Year.  Winterton Blue was published in 2007 and The Song House in 2010.  In 2013 she published The Tip of My Tongue (and Some Other Weapons as Well), a contemporary adaptation of a tale from the celtic myth cycle, the Mabinogion.  She teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including the MA in Prose Fiction. 

Barker, Raffaella

Raffaella Barker is a Tutor in Creative Writing.  She has written nine bestselling novels and one children's novel: Come and Tell Me Some Lies (1994),The Hook (1996), Hens Dancing (1999), Summertime (2001), Green Grass (2002), Phosphorescence (2004), A Perfect Life (2008),  Poppyland (2009) and From A Distance (2014). Her novels have been published in over 30 languages including Turkish, Russian and Azerbaijani. She has been a published writer since the age of 22, when she worked for Harpers Bazaar as a features writer, and has written extensively for national and international newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Sunday Times and Conde Nast Traveller. Her short stories have been commissioned for BBC Radio 4 and she was a judge for the 2015 Costa Short Story Award. She was a founding author for First Story, a national charity fostering literacy and creative writing skills in schools, and she sits on the steering committee of the Hampstead Theatre Literary Festival. She teaches on the undergraduate programme.

Beard, Richard

Richard Beard is a Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing. He is a graduate of the MA and has published six novels including Lazarus is Dead, Dry Bones and Damascus, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He has been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award and longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. His latest novel Acts of the Assassins was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize in 2015. He is also the author of four books of narrative non-fiction, most recently his memoir The Day That Went Missing (Harvill Secker 2017). For six years Richard Beard was Director of The National Academy of Writing in London. He is a visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo. He has previously taught on the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) and currently teaches on the MFA.

Chaudhuri, Amit

Amit Chaudhuri is a Professor of Contemporary Literature. He is the author of numerous works, including five novels, most recently The Immortals (2010), a book of short stories, a book of poems, a critical study of DH Lawrence's poetry, the collection of essays Clearing Space: Reflections on India, Literature and Culture (2008), and Calcutta (2013).  Among the awards he has won for his fiction are the Commonwealth Writers Prize, a Betty Trask award, the Encore Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, and the Government of India's Sahitya Akademi award.  In 2012 he was awarded the inaugural Infosys Prize for Humanities - Literary Studies.  He has been a judge for the Man Booker International Prize, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. He writes regularly for the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, and the New Yorker, and is also a vocalist in the Indian classical tradition.  He teaches on the postgraduate programme and is the Director of the UEA Creative Writing India Workshop.

Cowan, Andrew

Andrew Cowan is a Professor of Creative Writing and the Director of Creative Writing at UEA.  He is a graduate of the MA and was for some years the Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at the university.  He is the author of five novels. Pig was longlisted for the Booker Prize, shortlisted for five other awards, and won a Betty Trask Award, the Authors' Club First Novel Award, the Ruth Hadden Memorial Prize, a Scottish Arts Council Book Award and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. Common Ground and Crustaceans both received competitive Arts Council bursaries. What I Know was a recipient of an Arts Council Writers' Award and was published in 2005.  His work has been translated into a dozen languages.  His guidebook The Art of Writing Fiction was published in 2011, and his latest novel Worthless Men in 2013.  He teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including the MA in Prose Fiction.

Cross, Helen

Helen Cross is a Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing.  She the author of four novels, including My Summer of Love which won a Betty Trask Award and became a BAFTA award-winning film directed by Pawel Pawlikowski. She has recently adapted her novel, Spilt Milk Black Coffee, for the screen. Her short stories have appeared in various anthologies and magazines and been broadcast on the BBC. Her radio dramas have been shortlisted for several major awards including Best Audio Drama and The Innovation Award, both in the BBC Drama and Music Awards. She is currently working on a new novel and a screenplay about the life of JRR Tolkien. She teaches on the MFA in Creative Writing.


Dunthorne, Joe

Joe Dunthorne is a Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing. He began writing his debut novel, Submarine, while he was studying on the MA in Prose Fiction at UEA. It won the Curtis Brown Prize, was translated into sixteen languages and adapted into an award-winning film, directed by Richard Ayoade. His second novel, Wild Abandon, won the Encore Award. His debut poetry pamphlet was published by Faber and Faber. His short stories and poems have been published in The Paris Review, the London Review of Books and McSweeney’s. He is a striker for the England Writers' Football Team. His third novel, The Adulterants, is due out in 2017. He teaches on the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction).

Evans, Sian

Sian Evans is a Tutor in Creative Writing. Originally from South Wales, she has a degree in French and English from Royal Holloway and is a freelance translator, playwright and screenwriter. Her work for the stage includes Asleep Under The Dark Earth (BT/National Theatre, published by Faber), Little Sister (Made In Wales, published by Parthian Press) and most recently Terra, which was shortlisted for Amnesty International’s Protecting The Human competition. Her work for TV includes episodes of Peak Practice, Touching Evil, Where The Heart Is, Casualty, and a film Life Swap for TF1 France.  In 2012 she was appointed as a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at UEA.  She teaches on the undergraduate programme.

Foden, Giles

Giles Foden is a Professor of Creative Writing. He was the Harper-Wood Student in Creative Writing at St John’s College, Cambridge, and in 1993 became assistant editor of the TLS. Between 1996 and 2006 he worked on the books pages of the Guardian, during which period he published The Last King of Scotland, which won the 1998 Whitbread First Novel Award and was released as an Oscar-winning film in 2006. He is the author of three other novels – LadysmithZanzibar, and most recently Turbulence – and a work of narrative non-fiction, Mimi and Toutou Go Forth. He was one of the judges of the Man Booker Prize in 2007 and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2014. He teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including the MA in Prose Fiction.

Goldsworthy, Vesna

Vesna Goldsworthy is Professor of Creative Writing and the author of four widely translated books: Inventing Ruritania (Yale UP, 1998; pbk ed. Hurst, 2013), on the shaping of cultural perceptions of the Balkans; the Crashaw Prize winning poetry collection, The Angel of Salonika (Salt, 2011), one of the Times best poetry books of the year; and two international bestsellers, both of which were serialised on BBC Radio 4 – Chernobyl Strawberries, a memoir (Atlantic 2005; 10th anniversaryed. Wilmington Square Press, 2010), and Gorsky, a novel about the fate of a Russian oligarch in London (Chatto & Windus, 2015). Long listed for Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, Gorsky was Waterstones Book of the Month, Waterstones Paperback of the Year, and the New York Times’ Editors’ Choice. A former BBC journalist and publisher, Vesna has over twenty years experience of teaching English literature and creative writing. Many of the students she supervised for their MA, MFA and PhD degrees are now published authors and academics at a range of British, European and North American universities. She welcomes PhD proposals in fiction and creative non-fiction.

Holland, Andrea

Andrea Holland is a Lecturer in Creative Writing.  She won the 2012 Norfolk Commission for Poetry and the resulting book, Broadcasting, is a collection of poems and MOD-owned photographs based on the requisition of five Norfolk villages in WWII.  Her pamphlet, Borrowed, was first stage winner of the Poetry Business Competition in 2006.  She has poems in journals such as Mslexia, The North and Rialto and is a contributing reviewer for The Poetry Review. She has collaborated with visual artists on a number of commissioned projects and published articles on collaborative practice, as well as the relationship between writing and visual art.  Since Autumn 2013 Andrea has been a contributing editor for the National Poetry Archive with Sir Andrew Motion. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts and her BA from the State University of New York. She teaches on the undergraduate programme.

Hore, Rachel

Rachel Hore is a tutor in Creative Writing.  She is the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of eight novels: The Dream House (2006), The Memory Garden (2007), The Glass Painter’s Daughter (2009), which was shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year award, A Place of Secrets (2010), which was selected for the Richard and Judy Bookclub, A Gathering Storm (2011), which was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists Association Historial Romance of the Year award, The Silent Tide (2013), A Week in Paris (2014) and The House on Bellevue Gardens (2016).  She has reviewed regularly for national newspapers, and worked in London publishing for many years before joining UEA.  Rachel teaches Creative Writing, also the MA Publishing module that leads to the production of the annual anthology of the MA Creative Writing students’ work.

Hughes, Kathryn

Kathryn Hughes is a Professor of Life Writing and former Convenor of the MA in Biography and Creative Non-Fiction.  Her first book The Victorian Governess was based on her PhD in Victorian History.  George Eliot: the Last Victorian won the James Tait Black award.  The Short Life and Long Times of Mrs Beeton was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Andre Simon Prize.  Both books were filmed by the BBC.  Kathryn is also editor of George Eliot: A Family History and has won many national prizes for her journalism and historical writing.  She is a contributing editor to Prospect magazine as well as a book reviewer and commentator for the Guardian and BBC Radio.  She teaches on the MA in Biography and Creative Non-Fiction.

Huntley, Jacob

Jacob Huntley is a Lecturer in Literature and Creative Writing and Convenor of the English Literature with Creative Writing BA.  He is a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at UEA and received his PhD in 2007.  He has written fiction for various magazines, journals and anthologies as well as Radio 4. Jacob’s teaching and research interests include the Gothic, horror, fantastic fiction, contemporary fiction and Creative Writing.  He supervises PhDs as well as teaching on the undergraduate Literature and Creative Writing programmes. 

Ivory, Helen

Helen Ivory is a Tutor in Creative Writing and the academic director of the UEA-WCN online Creative Writing programme.  She is a poet and visual artist and has a degree from Norwich University of the Arts.  In 1999 she won an Eric Gregory Award and has four collections with Bloodaxe Books: The Double Life of Clocks, The Dog in the Sky, The Breakfast Machine and the semi-autobiographical Waiting for Bluebeard, which was  short-listed for the 2014 East Anglian Book Awards.  She edits the webzine Ink Sweat and Tears and is a judge for the Eric Gregory Awards.  Fool’s World (Gatehouse Press), a collaborative Tarot with the artist Tom de Freston, won the 2016 Saboteur Award for Best Collaborative Work.  Hear What the Moon Told Me is book of collage/ mixed media/ acrylic painted poems published in 2016 by Knives Forks and Spoons Press.  In 2016 she received an Arts Council Grant to research and write her forthcoming Bloodaxe Books collection The Anatomical Venus. She teaches on the UEA-WCN online programme.

Joyce, Laura

Laura Joyce is a Lecturer in Creative Writing. She has published two experimental crime novels: The Museum of Atheism (Salt 2012) and The Luminol Reels (Calamari Press 2014). She is co-editor, with Henry Sutton, of the collection Domestic Noir: The New Face of 21st Century Crime Fiction (Palgrave Macmillan 2017). Her critical book Luminol Theory (Punctum 2017) is based on her doctoral research into the forensic humanities. Her monograph The Locus Terribilis in Contemporary Crime Drama (Bloomsbury 2019) focuses on representations of the crime scene in film and television. Her short fiction has appeared in several online journals including Spork and PLINTH, and print anthologies including The New Gothic (Stone Skin Press 2014) and Murmurations (Two Ravens Press 2011). Her non-fictional and critical writing has appeared in several online journals including 3am and Entropy. She was project coordinator of the AHRC funded Global Queer Cinema network (2012-2013). She teaches on the MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction) and on undergraduate and postgraduate modules. 

Langeskov, Philip

Philip Langeskov is a Lecturer in Creative Writing with special responsibility for Enterprise and Engagement.  He was born in Copenhagen in 1976 and graduated from UEA’s Creative Writing MA in 2009, when he was the recipient of that year’s David Higham Award.  He completed his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing in 2013.  His stories have appeared in The Decadent Handbook, Bad Idea Magazine, Untitled Books, Five Dials, The Warwick Review, The Best British Short Stories 2011, and on the BBC.  He teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and is the organizer of the UEA Live series of reading events and the editor of the website.

Lengsfield, Michael

Michael Lengsfield is a Tutor in Creative Writing. He has a BA from Connecticut College and an MFA from Columbia University. His primary interest is in scriptwriting, with a focus on the theory and practice of adaptation. As a screenwriter, Michael wrote scripts for The Walt Disney Company, Harpo Entertainment, and others. He wrote and directed Short Term Bonds, a segment for the ‘HBO Director's Workshop’. The film was later screened at the Sundance Festival and was awarded a CINE Golden Eagle, representing the USA at film festivals throughout the world. In addition, Michael worked for the story department of several production companies, including Icon Entertainment, Imagine Entertainment, Showtime Networks, and Graham King's Initial Entertainment. He teaches on the MA in Scriptwriting.

McNeil, Jean

Jean McNeil is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and co-Convenor of the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction). She is the author of eleven books, including five novels and a collection of short fiction, a collection of poetry, a travel guide and literary essays. Her work has been shortlisted for the Governor-General’s Award for fiction and the Journey Prize for short fiction (Canada) and in 2012 she won the Prism International award for creative non-fiction with an extract from Ice Diaries: an Antarctic Memoir, published in 2016. Her most recent novel is The Dhow House, published by Legend Press in the UK in September 2016 and forthcoming by ECW Press in Canada and the US in March 2017. A new novel, Fire on the Mountain, will also be published by Legend Press in October 2017. She has twice been the Mellon Foundation Visiting Scholar in South Africa and works for part of each year in South Africa and Kenya. On the MA at UEA she teaches Prose Fiction Workshop and The Art of Short Fiction as well as supervising five PhD students.

Moorhead-Kuhn, Kate

Kate Moorhead-Kuhn is a Tutor in Creative Writing.  Originally from Pennsylvania, USA, she first joined UEA as an exchange student from Temple University, Philadelphia, and subsequently graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2007.  Her first novel, The First Law of Motion, was published in 2009.  She plays roller derby for the Norfolk Brawds, and is the convenor of the Creative Writing module at UEA’s International Summer School.  She teaches on the undergraduate programme.

Moses, Antoinette

Antoinette Moses is a Lecturer in Literature and Creative Writing.  A former arts administrator, she has written a number of plays that have been produced in Norwich and Cambridge and have received rehearsed readings in Ipswich, London and Paris.  She has also published over fifteen books of language learner literature, mostly for CUP, two of which won the Extensive Reading Award. Antoinette’s teaching interests include all forms of documentary, and the interweaving of factual and imagined material in both theatre and prose.  She teaches on the undergraduate Literature and Creative Writing programmes and is the Director of FLY, the university’s Festival of Literature for Young People.

Orr, KJ

Katherine (KJ) Orr is a Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing. She is the author of the short story collection Light Box (2016) and the single story chapbook The Inland Sea (2012). Her work has appeared in publications including the Irish Times, the Dublin Review, the White Review and Best British Short Stories 2015, been broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and recognized by numerous awards. She was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award in 2011 and again in 2016. She is a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at UEA, and holds a creative and critical doctorate on the short story from the University of Chichester. Her essays, critical work and reviews have been published by, among others, Poetry Review, Critical Survey of Short Fiction, Routledge (in Liminality and the Short Story, 2015), the Guardian and the TLS. She has interviewed authors including David Constantine, Helen Simpson, Yiyun Li, and Graham Swift. She teaches on the MFA in Creative Writing.

Rankin, Ian

Ian Rankin is the 2016-17 UNESCO City of Literature Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at UEA.  He is the internationally bestselling author of the Inspector Rebus and Detective Malcolm Fox novels, as well as a string of standalone thrillers. His books have been translated into 36 languages and are bestsellers on several continents. Ian is the recipient of four CWA Dagger Awards and in 2004 won America's celebrated Edgar Award. He is also the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Abertay, St Andrews, Hull and Edinburgh and received the OBE for services to literature. He was recently made a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.  He will be offering lectures, seminars and individual tutorials across the Creative Writing programme.

Riley, Denise

Denise Riley is a Professor of Poetry and the History of Ideas and was formerly the convenor of the MA in Creative Writing (Poetry).  Her books include Am I That Name?: Feminism and the Category of ‘Women’ in History, and The Words of Selves: Identification, Solidarity, Irony.  She edited Poets on Writing: Britain 1970-1991 and co-edited, with Stephen Heath and Colin McCabe, the Language, Discourse and Society Series Reader.  She has also published many collections of poetry, including Penguin Modern Poets 10, with Iain Sinclair and Douglas Oliver and Denise Riley: Selected Poems. Her most recent books are The Force of Language, with Jean-Jacques Lecercle, and Impersonal Passion: Language's Affect.  Her sequence of poems, ‘A Part Song’, was the winner of the 2012 Forward Poetry Prize.  She teaches on the postgraduate programme.

Robinson, Sophie

Sophie Robinson is a Lecturer in Creative Writing.  Born in 1985, she holds an MA in Poetic Practice from Royal Holloway, University of London.  She completed her PhD in Poetic Practice in 2012, also at Royal Holloway.  Her first book, a, was published by Les Figues in 2009, and was shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award and a Golden Crown Literary Society Award.  Her 2010 chapbook, The Lotion, was also shortlisted for the British Library Michael Marks award for Poetry Pamphlets.  In 2011 she was the Poetry Artist in Residence at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.  She has also been poet in residence at The New Schoolhouse Gallery in York and at the University of Surrey.  Her second collection, The Institute of Our Love in Disrepair, was published in 2012, and in 2013 The Independent named her as a ‘One to Watch’ young writer.  She teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including the Poetry MA.

Smith, Helen

Helen Smith is a lecturer in Modern Literature and Convenor of the MA in Biography and Creative Non-Fiction.  She is a graduate of the MA in Studies in Fiction at UEA, where she also completed a PhD on the editor and critic Edward Garnett, focusing on his relationships with Joseph Conrad, DH Lawrence and Sean O’Faolain.  Her research interests are in Life Writing, literary Modernism, author/publisher relations, and nineteenth and early twentieth century Russian fiction.  She is currently completing a biography of Edward Garnett, the proposal for which was the joint winner of the Biographers’ Club Prize.  She teaches on the undergraduate Literature programme, including the module ‘From Pushkin to Chekhov: Nineteenth Century Russian Fiction’, and on the Biography and Creative Non-Fiction MA, including the module ‘Writing Life’.

Stott, Rebecca

Rebecca Stott is a Professor of Literature and Creative Writing. She is the author of several academic books on Victorian literature and culture and, more recently, several cross-over books on the history of science, including Darwin and the Barnacle (2003), Theatres of Glass: The Woman who Brought the Sea to the City (2003), and Oyster (2004).  Ghostwalk, her first novel, appeared in 2007, published by Weidenfeld and Nicholson in the UK, by Random House in the US, and in translation by 14 overseas publishers.  Her second novel, The Coral Thief, was published in 2009.  Her most recent book is a history of evolutionary ideas before Darwin, entitled Darwin’s Ghosts: In Search of the First Evolutionists.  She was previously the convenor of the PhD in Creative and Critical Writing and teaches the Novel History module on the Creative Writing MA. She has a family memoir called The Iron Room coming out in June 2017 with Fourth Estate in the UK, Random House in the States and in several other countries. She is currently working on a novel set both in contemporary London and the city immediately after its abandonment by the Romans in the fifth century. This will be published by Random House and Fourth Estate in 2019.

Sutton, Henry

Henry Sutton is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, co-convenor of the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction), and director of the MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction). Awarded the UEA Writing Fellowship in 2008, he has been literary editor of Esquire magazine and books editor of the Daily Mirror, and has judged numerous literary prizes, including the John Lewellyn Rhys and the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award (twice). He is the author of nine novels, including Get Me Out of Here (Harvill Secker/Vintage), My Criminal World (Harvill Secker/Vintage), and the first in a series Time to Win (Little, Brown 2017), and a collection of short stories, Thong Nation (Serpent’s Tail). He also co-authored the crime novel, First Frost (Bantam/Corgi), under the pseudonym James Henry. He is the co-editor of the forthcoming collection of essays, Domestic Noir: The New Face of 21st Century Crime Fiction (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). His work has been published in many languages and he was awarded the J. B. Priestley Award in 2004. Kids’ Stuff (Serpent’s Tail) was the recipient of an Arts Council Writers’ Award in 2002, and was also made into a long running stage play in Riga, Latvia. He teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including the Prose Fiction MA, the Crime Fiction MA, and the MA module The Writing of Crime/Thriller Fiction. He also supervises Creative Critical PhDs

Thomson, Ian

Ian ThomsonIan Thomson is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Non-Fiction. He is a biographer, translator and literary critic known for his interest in Italy and the West Indies. In 1990 he published Bonjour Blanc: A Journey Through Haiti, a hybrid of reportage and history. He was awarded the Royal Society of Literature’s W.H. Heinemann prize for Primo Levi: A Life (Hutchinson, 2002), an account of the Italian writer and Nazi concentration camp survivor Primo Levi.  In 2005 he returned to the West Indies to write The Dead Yard: Tales of Modern Jamaica, banned in Jamaica owing to its alleged 'sensitive content'. In 2010 the book was awarded the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje prize as well as the Dolman Travel Book Award. He writes for a range of newspapers and journals, including the Observer, Spectator, Financial Times and London Review of Books. In addition to his writing, he has edited Articles of Faith: The Collected Tablet Journalism of Graham Greene, and translated the Sicilian crime writer Leonardo Sciascia into English. He teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including the MA in Biography and Creative Non-Fiction.