Creative Writing

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Creative Writing is a key strength of the South, West and Wales DTP, which brings together a concentration of leading research practitioners. All genres are represented, from the novel to poetry, writing for children, digital media, and gaming.


Students of Creative Writing benefit from access to some of the UK’s leading practice-based research centres at Aberystwyth, Cardiff, Bath Spa, Exeter and Southampton. Key research centres include the Contemporary Writing Research Centre (Bath Spa), and Centres for Women’s Writing (Aberystwyth), Writing for Young People (Bath Spa), Writing and the Environment (Bath Spa), Modern and Contemporary Writing (Southampton) and South West Writing (Exeter).

Postgraduate researchers are provided with bespoke training, including regular master classes with writers, editors and publishers and monthly PhD research forums. The South, West and Wales DTP can also offer students established and productive partnerships with cultural organisations and creative industries.

Where we offer this subject

Aberystwyth University logo

Department of English & Creative Writing
Subject Lead: Dr Matthew Francis (poetry specialist, prose)

Bath Spa University logo

College of Liberal Arts
Subject lead: Dr Tracy Brain

Research themes include fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, writing for young people, digital and transmedia writing

Cardiff University logo

School of English, Communication and Philosophy
Subject Lead: Professor Richard Gwyn

University of Exeter logo

Department of English
Subject Lead: Professor Kei Miller

University of Reading logo

Department of English Literature
Subject Lead: Professor Peter Robinson
(supplementary) Dr Conor Carville

University of Southampton

Department of English
Subject Lead: Ms Carole Burns

Research themes include Gender and Sexuality, Women and Sexuality, The Domestic Novel, Jewish Issues, The Sea, Natural History, Jane Austen, Herman Melville, Utopias

Research themes and supervisory expertise

To help you explore the depth of expertise and the potential for combining contributions to exciting projects, consult the topics below:

Children’s Literature


Narrative Non-Fiction


Playwriting for Young Audiences