Monica Ali, author of four critically acclaimed novels – Brick Lane (2003), Alentejo Blue (2006), In the Kitchen (2006) and Untold Story (2011) – has been named Surrey’s Distinguished Writer in Residence for 2016.
Through literature and writing, our academics and students look beneath the surface in search of deeper truths – about our world, about our times, about ourselves.
On our courses you’ll explore literature from across the world, learn about publishing as a creative industry, study language and the manipulation of words, and examine the associated theories and themes.
You will be taught by our experienced writers and academics who will show you how to analyse texts and develop your ability in sharing your thinking and presenting your interpretations, as well as creating new pieces of work and experimenting with your writing style.
This degree offers a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to English literature and creative writing. You’ll have the opportunity to study and interpret literature from different historical periods and diverse cultural settings – including translations – and to develop your writing skills in several genres including fiction; poetry; life writing; and scriptwriting for film, radio and stage.
- Learn how to analyse a wide range of texts including fiction, poetry and drama.
- Develop and reflect on your own writing practice
- Have the opportunity to develop a project based on independent study
- Learn the skills of complex argument and critical commentary, which are highly valued in the workplace
To teach students to write creatively and effectively in a variety of contemporary literary modes that target current diverse reading audiences.
To train students to edit their own work and that of their peers, providing them with practical knowledge of how to produce, polish, and publish their creative writing.
We are a world-class department , renowned for the excellence of our teaching and research. 96% of our undergraduate students in the 2016 National Student Survey rated their courses as intellectually stimulating.
Ranked 4th in the UK. We are a team of world-renowned writers and performers, including the world’s greatest living poet Paul Muldoon. Courses combine practical and academic skills needed for careers in writing, publishing and many more.