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University of Leeds: Creative Writing and Critical Life

Institution University of Leeds
Department School of English
Telephone 0113 343 4738
Study type Taught


Harness your creative writing across a broad range of literary genres and critical fields. This degree allows you to develop your creative and analytical writing in the context of advancing your knowledge of critical skills in English Studies.

You'll also engage with a wide variety of literary genres as both a critical reader and a creative practitioner, with expert guidance from published creative writers and academic researchers.

Supported by teaching staff who are actively engaged in both critical and creative writing, you'll develop a theoretically informed understanding of the relationship between different forms of critical and creative writing.

Throughout the course, you'll have opportunities to explore areas of personal interest and participate in workshops to hone your skills in diverse forms of writing.

You'll also produce an independent research project, through which you can specialise in creative or critical writing, or combine both, according to your interests.

Specialist resources

The University of Leeds Library is one of the UK's major academic research libraries. It has extensive holdings to support your studies, including English Literature Collections that have been designated of national and international importance.

Our Special Collections offer a huge range of rare books, manuscripts and art, as well as the archives of poets like Tony Harrison, Geoffrey Hill and Simon Armitage, and literary publications such as Stand and The London Magazine.

Other highlights include materials relating to novelists like Arthur Ransome, Angela Thirkell, Melvyn Bragg and Sophie Hannah, and critics like George Wilson-Knight and Bonamy Dobrée.

The School of English is also home to the University of Leeds Poetry Centre, which brings together the University’s strength and heritage in creative writing. It hosts regular poetry readings by visiting international poets and supports a poetry reading group.


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