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Creative Writing - Unlimited Opportunities

The core teaching team are all practising, published writers. Matt Haig and Nuala Casey

Creative Writing students also have a wide range of opportunities to learn from experienced writers through our programme of visiting writers. We also have strong links with the York Literature Festival, hosting some amazing writers here on campus.

Not only do students have the opportunity to meet authors and see them read from their work, they also often visit modules and offer bespoke workshops. 



Recent and upcoming visiting writers include Luke Kennard, poet and author of Holophin; Nuala Casey, MA alumni and author of Soho, 4am; Barrie Sherwood, novelist; Emily Berry, Rebecca Goss, and Helen Mort, prize-winning poets, and Alison Moore who was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2012 for her novel The Lighthouse

In the past we have had several prestigious visiting writers including York-born Kate Atkinson, winner of the 1995 Whitbread Book of the Year for her novel Behind the Scenes at the Museum, set in York; poet and novelist Jackie Kay; Northern poet, broadcaster and performer Ian McMillan; novelist and poet Michèle Roberts; award-winning poet Daljit Nagra and graphic novelists Graham Rawle and Dominic Evans.

Additionally, we host a range of practitioners from the publishing industry, including the editor, agent and publisher Nicholas Royle; the agent Nelle Andrew; the editor and publisher Tom Chivers, and editors, publishers and poets Kirsten Irving and Jon Stone. All of these industry professionals are actively seeking writers to publish and represent and come to York St. John to make connections with our talented students. 


Writer in Residence

There is a Writer in Residence at York St John, who spends a day a week working with students to help their writing, whether it is an essay, a dissertation, a story, an article, a play, a novel, a song, a romance, a screenplay or even a text book.

The Writer in Residence can help you to build on your inspiration; put your ideas on to paper effectively; improve your writing style and develop your confidence. He or she is also available to advise you on getting published, performing your work, and pursuing a career as a writer.


How can I arrange an appointment to see the Writer in Residence?

John Siddique is based in the Holgate Student Centre each Thursday and Friday and appointments can be made by visiting the Student Advice Team Desk, by calling 01904 876477 or by emailing rlfappointments@yorksj.ac.uk