UEA Creative Writing Course

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The University of East Anglia's Creative Writing Course was founded by Sir Malcolm Bradbury and Sir Angus Wilson in 1970. The M.A. is widely regarded as the most prestigious and successful in the country [1][2][3] and competition for places is notoriously tough.[citation needed]

The course is split into four strands: Prose, Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry and Scriptwriting (which is Skillset accredited). All four result in an M.A. qualification upon successful completion of the course. The Course Directors are currently Andrew Cowan, Kathryn Hughes, Lavinia Greenlaw and Val Taylor respectively. Course tutors include Amit Chaudhuri, Trezza Azzopardi, Giles Foden, Tobias Jones, James Lasdun, Jean McNeil, Margaret Atwood and George Szirtes.

Writers such as Angela Carter, Rose Tremain, Andrew Motion, W. G. Sebald, Michèle Roberts and Patricia Duncker have also taught on the course.

Writers-in-residence have included Alan Burns[4] and Margaret Atwood.

Notable alumni[edit]

Nobel Prize winners[edit]

Booker Prize winners[edit]

Booker Prize winner Ian McEwan
Booker Prize winner Anne Enright

Costa Book Award winners[edit]

Costa Book Award winner Adam Foulds

Women's Prize for Fiction winners[edit]

Betty Trask Award & Prize winners[edit]

James Tait Black Memorial Prize winners[edit]

Other alumni[edit]

Historical novelist Tracy Chevalier
Novelist John Boyne

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Is the UEA creative writing course still the best?". 16 November 2011.
  2. ^ "Creative writing graduates will 'never make a living as novelists', says Self | the Bookseller".
  3. ^ "The write stuff - Prospect Magazine".
  4. ^ Ian McEwan (1995). "Class Work".
  5. ^ "The Nobel Prize in Literature 2017 - Biobibliographical Notes". www.nobelprize.org. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  6. ^ Boyne, John (5 October 2017). "Kazuo Ishiguro deserves Nobel prize but others deserve it more". The Irish Times. Ishiguro will make a fine laureate and, from one graduate of the University of East Anglia's creative writing programme to another, it's hats off.