Lizzi Linklater
Associate Lecturer: Creative Writing

Profile

Biography

Elizabeth Linklater (Lizzi) is Teaching Fellow for Creative Writing at the University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning. She is also the lead academic for the Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Writing. She joined the CLL in 2007 having been in higher management in London Schools. She has created, designed and delivered a wide range of innovative courses for the CLL, many involving collaboration with other disciplines. She began teaching accredited face-to-face classes in 2007 and went on, in 2010, to design and teach the online accredited programme. Lizzi is also a performing poet, an organiser of literary events, a member of the Sounds Lyrical Project and a recognised figure in the local literary scene.


Awards

  • 2010: Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning 
  • 2011: Vice Chancellor’s Gold Award for Inclusivity (a Lifelong Learning team award)
  • 2013: Vice Chancellor’s Gold Award for Inclusivity (For the Lives Remembered project team: Professor Karen Spilsbury, Ros Brownlow and Iain Barr).

Career

Memberships

  • NAWE (National Association of Writers in Education)
  • The Poetry Society
  • The Sounds Lyrical Project (Collaboration of poetry and composers.)
  • The York Literature Festival
  • Pen to Paper

Editorial duties

  • Adjudicator for literary competitions.. 
  • Editing for collections.

 

Invited talks and conferences
University:

  • Public Lecture – The Power of Ekphrasis
  • Presentations: Teaching and Learning Conferences, Staff Development days etc.

Literary:

  • Guest performer at literary events
  • Creative Writing workshop leader for literary festivals
  • Workshop leader

 

Media coverage
Lizzi enjoys radio interviews, press articles and a growing reputation online where she promotes the written and the spoken word and markets the Centre for Lifelong Learning.


Other

  • Writer in Residence in York Schools
  • Founder and leader of support groups for writers
  • Organiser and compere for literary events.

Departmental roles

  • Lead Teaching Fellow for the new online postgraduate diploma in Creative Writing
  • Creative Writing Tutor for undergraduate Creative Writing
  • Lead Creative Writing Tutor on collaborative projects.

Research

Overview

Lizzi studied for her Masters in Educational Management (while working as a deputy head teacher) at the University of Kingston Upon Thames in London. During that time she was involved in an action research project that involved collaboration with parents from inner city schools encouraging active involvement in their children’s education. Her dissertation ‘Opening Wide the Classroom Door’ was the culmination of this research. Currently she is fascinated by Ekphrasis and has researched, taught and lectured on the subject.

Publications

Selected publications

  • Dream Catcher
  • Lives Remembered
  • Making Memories 
  • Connect to Science 
  • Water in the Well

Teaching

Undergraduate

She teaches on the online/ face to face accredited Undergraduate Creative Writing Pro-gramme which works toward the Certificate of Higher Education in Lifelong Learning in Arts and Humanities. For this programme she has devised and taught entirely new courses: Teenworks (writing for Young Adults), Stories That Make it to Storytime (writing for children 0-12), Poets on Form (structure and form in poetry), In Short (the short story), Novel ways (the novel), The Drama of it All (Scriptwring) and The Power of Ekphrasis.

Postgraduate

Lizzi is lead tutor on the inaugural Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Writing (2014/2015) which she designed and now executes. The programme entails a balanced combination between the study of literary criticism and the practical application of theory to creative writing, consisting of modules devoted to Critical Analysis, Fiction, Poetry and Scriptwriting.

Other teaching

Collaborative Teaching
Lizzi is teaching undergraduate/postgraduate doctors alongside Dr David Pearson in the Hull and York Medical School (HYMS) Narrative and Culture in Clinical Practice.

 

Previous Projects

Lizzi has worked in collaboration with many partners including York Museums Trust, MIND, York City Council, The University of York’s Health Sciences Department and The Department of Physics. Some of her courses have been:

  • Connect to Science
  • Understanding the Lives of Older People Through Storytelling
  • Making Memories
  • Ekphrasis 
  • Masterclass Weekends (Bringing together an established writer and writing students).

 

 

Awards

  • 2010: Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning 
  • 2011: Vice Chancellor’s Gold Award for Inclusivity (a lifelong learning team award)
  • 2013: Vice Chancellor’s Gold Award for Inclusivity (For the Lives Remembered project team: Professor Karen Spilsbury, Ros Brownlow and Iain Barr).