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About Creative Writing

Creative Writing

This exciting programme enables you to work in a variety of genres, from writing for the web, to learning how graphic novels work, to penning your own poetry and fiction. With published writers on staff, a range of professional visiting writers giving workshops and readings, and a combination of studying texts and producing and work-shopping your own writing, this is a sociable and challenging creative course, providing a range of transferable skills.




Our staff are writers themselves. They have published poetry and novels – so they know something about the pleasures and pitfalls of the writers' world. They bring their practical experience of the publishing world into their inspiring teaching. Read more about each of the team, their novels, research interests and publications here:

Naomi Booth

Abi Curtis

Laura Joyce

JT Welsch

Visiting writers have included York-born award-winning novelist Kate Atkinson; poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan; novelist and poet Michèle Roberts; novelist Joe Dunthorne; graphic novelist and illustrator Graham Rawle; and award-winning poets Simon Armitage and Daljit Nagra. York St John maintains links with the regional literary community through events such as York Literature Festival.

Creative Writing includes a module dedicated to graduate employability. Students can work on the production of the annual anthology of student writing Beyond the Walls, organise a literary reading event, or get involved in a number of internships and projects

The Creative Writing programme allows you to experiment with a range of genres and forms, including fiction, poetry and script. You will become part of a vibrant literature community with the opportunity to meet professional writers and encounter ‘living’ texts. Develop your own portfolio of original work, guided by published writers and learn from a range of contemporary texts.


Creative Writing Blog

Check out the YSJ Beyond the Walls Creative Writing Blog for the latest news, events and opportunities.