Delivering excellence at a world-class level Delivering excellence at a world-class level

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 informally since the 1960s and formally since 1995.  

Our programme remains the most prestigious and successful in the UK, and in 2011 was awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in recognition of its continuing excellence in delivering innovative courses at a world-class level.  In 2017 our alumnus, Kazuo Ishiguro, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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 students join us from all over the world, and the success of our graduates is unrivalled. 

A look at the roll call of our published alumni suggests something of the spirit and diversity of Creative Writing at UEA.  

The work of our students, alumni, faculty and visiting writers can be found on, published in partnership with Writers' Centre Norwich.

Undergraduate Courses