Creative Writing

Creative Writing offers a broad range of exciting and challenging options in a dynamic environment of practising writers.

Undergraduate students will be able to study creative writing throughout their time at Leicester. 

We offer:

Honorary Visiting Creative Writing Fellows

We host a number of distinguished Honorary Visiting Creative Writing Fellows, including the pioneering Jamaican dub poet Jean 'Binta' Breeze, Forward Prize-nominated poet John Siddique, the poet SuAndi OBE, the poet Sean Body, and the celebrated stage and screen writer Jez Simons.

Creative Writing events

Annual Creative Writing Lecture

We host an Annual Creative Writing Lecture, which was in its first year delivered by Booker Prize-winning author, Ben Okri OBE.

Since the first Annual Creative Writing Lecture, talks have been delivered by Laura Esquivel, Jonathan Coe, Edna O'Brian, Robert Macfarlane, Michael Morpurgo and Lemn Sissay MBE.

Other events

Throughout the academic year, the Centre for New Writing organises lectures, masterclasses and workshops by staff and visiting authors.

We are also engaged in a number of ongoing creative research projects (an example being Grassroutes: Contemporary Leicestershire Writing).

More information

We are connected to all kinds of creative groups, activities, research organisations and collectives in Leicester, the UK and the rest of the world.

The Students' Union's Creative Writing Society is very popular, with many events and workshops throughout the year.

Affiliations and associations

Creative Writing in English is in close association with the Centre for New Writing.

We are affiliated with the The Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research at Lancaster University (CTWR). The CTWR is a key research partner for projects such as Grassroutes: Contemporary Leicestershire Writing and the Trans - Scriptions series, in which creative writing practitioners and academics explore issues of writing, culture and location.