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Creative Writing - Research informed

Creative writing

Creative Writing at York St John is a practice-based subject in which students can experiment with a range of forms and genres and produce a portfolio of original work. It is underpinned by critical thinking and an attention to literature in all its manifestations. Students learn to become writers through their understanding of texts and the ways in which they are constructed. The core teaching team are practicing, published writers whose critical interests inform their writing, and vice-versa. Creative writing is also supported by an exciting range of visiting speakers working in diverse forms, from graphic novels to narrative poems, writing on-line to experimental fiction.

Naomi Booth’s research interests include: gender and the body; critical theory and creative writing; ecology and literature. Her prose-fiction work also explores these areas, and her focus in the classroom is on the cross-fertilisation of critical and creative practices. Her PhD research combines creative and critical writing, and she is currently writing a monograph on the literary history of swooning, accompanied by a novella which takes up the same themes. She is a published short-fiction writer, and has recently completed a collection of short stories, Dark Tourists, which explores the macabre side of the holiday industry. 

Dr JT Welsch’s poetry, dramatic writing, and work on modernist literature revolve around interests in gender and sexuality, the interplay between text and image, and conceptual approaches to text-making. His research and writing also inform a classroom emphasis on the wider relationship between creative and critical practices. JT has published four poetry chapbooks and is currently writing a book on modernist manifestos.

Laura Joyce has a background in classics, film and literature and her research interests include 21st century literature; extreme cinema; genders and sexualities; experimental literature and critical theory. She is currently working on a monograph Plastic Texts: Theory and Practice a creative-critical manifesto which focusses on 21st century experimental writing and critical theory. She publishes fiction; criticism and hybrid works which reflect her interests in the creative-critical continuum; feminism; queer theory and extreme cinema.

Dr Abi Curtis’ work often engages with other disciplines, such as visual art, science and history. As well as writing poetry, Abi writes fiction and has interests in psychoanalysis and speculative fiction. Her writing explores such topics as mushrooms in Freud; the power of the squid in literature and the relationship between poetry and ventriloquism. She has also written on the role of the unconscious in the teaching of creative writing. She has won several awards for her writing, including a Somerset Maugham Award in 2013.