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Creative Writing

Creative Writing (PgDip) 

Find out more about our PgDip in Creative Writing.

Dr David Halliwell

‌Although this programme is taught online, a student never feels alone; staff are supportive at all levels with both academic and administrative advice. There are also many opportunities, actively encouraged by staff, for interaction with fellow students especially in formal discussions and informal contacts in a virtual café situation which is enjoyed by participants.

The programme follows a well-structured syllabus which encourages discussion and informed argument around an encompassing variety of writing genres. There is a serious depth to work that is assigned and much to be gained in academic development from active involvement in background reading programmes and online tasks. The atmosphere generated throughout the modular structure is positive and further inspired by relaxed and friendly residential weekends.    

Antony Dunn, Visiting Writer

Antony Dunn‌It was a real pleasure to spend a weekend with Lizzi Linklater's group at the University of York. Particularly pleasing was the fact that, despite being members of an online course, the participants had clearly established a positive rapport with each other and with Lizzi. The quality of conversation and debate throughout the two days of workshops (both in and out of the seminar room) was very encouraging.

Participants were not afraid to challenge each other (and the tutors) but the approach was uniformly supportive, kind and encouraging - absolutely the right balance. Lizzi has clearly shaped the atmosphere of the group very successfully and it was clear that the two days spent in each other's company, and in the company of Lizzi, had been a very inspiring experience. All involved, even those taking part remotely, contributed enthusiastically to the conversations and created and shared compelling new pieces of writing. 

Helen Cross, Visiting Writer

Helen Cross‌It was a real pleasure to meet Lizzi and work with her students. Lizzi runs a high quality, challenging and supportive writing group. I thought the students showed a real enthusiasm for, and ability in, creative writing and produced some super stories and poems during my time with them. They bring to the group a wide range of experiences and enthusiasms all of which helps to create a fertile atmosphere for creative experimentation and achievement. I'll look forward to hearing of their successes in the future.