Jenn Ashworth, Lecturer in Creative Writing, novelist and short story writer
Like many of my students, I have always written. I started out by experimenting with a wide number of forms and genres, from short stories about zombies, poems for Christmas cards, newsletters, book reviews and plays. I studied English as an undergraduate and during an MA in Creative Writing settled on the form that is the most exciting to me - the novel. At the moment I'm particularly interested in what a novel might look like in the digital age and in collaborative and disruptive ways of delivering a novel-sized reading experience. I know that when I write I'm having a conversation not only with my reader, but also with many of the other novels I've explored, from Richardson's Clarissa to Stephen King's Misery. Although there are lots of paths into writing and teaching writing, for me, having a strong background in both the study of English Literature and Creative Writing was essential and is something that Lancaster offers to its students, which must be why I feel so at home here.