University of dundee journalism

University of dundee journalism

      Small, bespoke and highly creative … Our distinctive writing programme at Dundee has been praised by writers and teachers from across Scotland, the UK and internationally.
“Dundee has become the university with the most outward looking and inspiring, creative and literary programme in Scotland. Having run the Writing programmes at Manchester, Manchester Met and Glasgow, I applaud what Dundee has achieved for students, staff and the wider literary culture.”
Michael Schmidt OBE FRSL (General Editor, PN Review;  Managing and Editorial Director, Carcanet Press)

New Writing DundeeOur courses are designed to help you explore and extend your own possibilities as a writer and to engage you in a varied and exciting range of literary activities – readings, salons, festivals, magazines and more.  Our students start publishing work and creating projects from the moment they begin with us.

Kirsty Gunn, an internationally published writer, is Programme Director, delivering core modules and individual tutorials with the Creative Writing staff team together with guest writers and editors.

Students go on to to jobs in publishing, teaching, books festivals, writer- in-residence jobs – as well as publishing novels, short stories and poetry with a range of publishing houses and magazines.

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No wonder our programme has been described as one of “the most exciting” by Richard Holloway (Writer, broadcaster, critic and former chair of the Scottish Arts Council) and “properly creative and intellectual” by Christopher Reid (Poet, critic and former editor (Faber and Faber)).

Whether you join us as an undergraduate or graduate student, part-time or module-only, you will gain assurance and confidence in your own writing.  Find out more below, or you can also get an insight into what it is like to study here from our student blog.

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What will you be writing?

Dundee’s the kind of university any writer loves to visit. Not only do the staff, and the students, know about writing, they care about writing. Passionately. I came away feeling buoyed by just how much poetry can matter to people; how willing they are to let words shed light on ourselves and the world.”  Chris Powic (Poet and Editor of NorthWords literary magazine)

Because of our unique package of four hour Writing Workshops, “Wordcraft” and “LiveWire” sessions and intensive one-on-one tutorials, you will quickly gain skills that help you identify and manage a whole range of creative projects.  Our students write novels, stories, poetry, monologues, as well as explore creativity in non-fiction, journalism and writing for the theatre.

Dundee WritesIn addition, you will be a member of a close-knit writing community that is supportive and exciting –  reading others’ work with sensitivity, intelligence and critical awareness, and presenting and talking about literature and publishing literary work with authority and flair.  You will also be given opportunities to edit, curate and assist in staging literary events.

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How will you work?

Poetry Pulpit at the DCAIn our intensive four hour workshops that are like no other writing writing programme, you are guaranteed to produce new work from week one, and you will develop on-the-spot writing and editing skills. At the same time, seminars, masterclasses and one-on-one tutorials will help you clarify your thinking about your writing and reading, sharpening your critical skills and your understanding of what makes great writing…great.

You will be taking part in our vibrant and intensely imaginative literary life – encompassing Literary Salons, our Book Festival and Writers Read series, visits, talks, and opportunities to meet publishers, review the work of others, publish and perform your own work.

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Where will you go after graduation?

Our students emerge from our programme with a sharpened sense of literary and cultural life and with an impressive body of work that is ready to be taken into the world. They become festival managers, editors, published authors and poets, writing teachers and performers.

Some of our Alumni …

  • Claire MacLeary has had her debut novel Cross Purpose published by Contraband (Saraband)
  • Clare Hunter was awarded a Creative Scotland Bursary for her non-fiction.
  • Oliver Langmead published Dark Star, his first novel inspired by John Milton’s Paradise Lost, with Unsung Stories.
  • Beth McDonough is Creative Writer-in-residence at Dundee Contemporary Arts.
  • Lindsay Macgregor is a recipient of a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust; she hosts Platform Poetry at Ladybank.
  • Zoe Venditozzi published her first novel with Sandstone Press and was made Reader-in-Residence at Dundee Libraries.

Find out more

These pages provide information on the opportunities to study Creative Writing at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, our staff, students and alumni plus Creative Writing news, events and publications at the University of Dundee.  You can also find out more about what it is like to study here by having a look at our student blog.

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