UEA pioneered the teaching of Creative Writing in the UK. We established the first MA in Creative Writing in 1970 and the first PhD in Creative and Critical Writing in 1987. Creative Writing at undergraduate level has been taught since the 1960s.
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 UEA Live, the Noirwich Crime Writing Festival, and the hugely successful International Literary Festival.
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 most prestigious Creative Writing programme in the UK, we have 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.
In this short film, Emma Healey, a graduate of our MA Creative Writing Prose Fiction and author of two very successful novels, talks about her writing and how UEA inspired her…
You can also read an interview with Emma, in which she talks about writing her book, Whistle in the Dark (2018)…