The Creative Writing discipline supports research in contemporary writing and PhD study focused on creative writing. This research activity is closely associated with the discipline's Contemporary Cultures of Writing Research Group. The core activity in this type of PhD study is the creation of a book-length work of literature (or script equivalent) and an accompanying critical reflective thesis, which elucidates the research and creative strategies involved in the making of the work. In this way the essence of the Creative Writing PhD is research through creative practice. The final creative work emerges from and embodies the research questions, decisions and discoveries made in the course of producing the work. We welcome applications from candidates suitably qualified and with appropriate writing experience and ability.
We expect well-structured proposals which set out specific research questions and clearly outline creative and critical approaches. A substantial writing sample is also required. If you would like to discuss your ideas informally before submitting an application,
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A strong academic and creative record, usually evidenced by an MA in Creative Writing and relevant publications
Potential research projects
- Fiction – novel and short stories
- Creative Nonfiction – including life writing
- Script for stage, radio or screen.
Current/recent research projects
- The Longest Fight: a novel and Getting into the Ring: an investigation of archetypes of the boxing hero, the creative influences of boxing reportage, and the role of personal memories in historical fiction.
- Freethinkers, a novel, and Inventing history: how do research, imagination and memory fuse creatively in the writing of an historical novel?
- Darkness Is Never Absolute: Ekphrasis of the Formless and Near-Black Paintings.
- The Other Mothers: Exploring adoption, surrogacy and egg donation through life writing
- The Electric: A novel and critical commentary investigating narrative disruption in sign language, cinemagoing, and trauma.