Creative Writing at St Andrews

School of English

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About Us

Founded by Professor Douglas Dunn in 1993, the Creative Writing research group at St Andrews is home to some of the most highly regarded poets, fiction-writers, and dramatists in the country. In the recent national assessment, we ranked among the UK’s best literary arts programmes.

We offer postgraduate degree programmes as well as undergraduate instruction and mentorship in poetry, fiction, and drama, and our writers – including John BurnsideRobert CrawfordOliver EmanuelZinnie Harris, and Don Paterson – have produced a range of internationally reviewed and prize-winning work. Members of staff have won the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Forward Prize, the Whitbread Prize for Poetry, Le Prix Madeleine Zepter (France), the Commonwealth First Book Prize and have been awarded honours including the OBE (Douglas Dunn and Don Paterson) and the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry (Don Paterson).

Specialising in diverse genres ranging from poetry and poetry in translation, to the short story, the novel, life writing, the literary essay, travel writing, and drama, we publish regularly in venues like The New YorkerThe GuardianThe TimesLibérationHarper’s Magazine, and The Paris Review. We also contribute frequently to BBC television and radio.

Degrees awarded at the postgraduate level include the MFA and the MLitt in Poetry, Prose, and Playwriting and Screenwriting. You’ll find at St Andrews a unique research environment, excellent mentorship, and a vibrant literary community both within the University itself and in the region at large.