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Postgraduate Study in Creative Writing

The Lancaster Writing Programme

Welcome to the Lancaster Writing Programme - one of the longest established and most prestigious writing programmes in the UK. We have hugely successful campus and distance learning programmes at both MA and PhD level. 

The Lancaster Writing Programme employs teaching staff with a wide variety of research interests across many forms of writing. From poetry to long prose fiction, flash fiction to work for radio, short stories, creative non-fiction and hypertext novels, we all practice and publish in many different forms and genres. At this time, we do not specialise in writing for the stage or screen, nor in writing for children, and therefore as a department that offers research-led teaching, we do not normally supervise postgraduate work in this area.

Our Staff

The campus-based courses are led by an experienced team of professional writers who have been widely published and who have won many literary awards: Jenn AshworthPaul Farley, George Green, Tajinder HayerZoe LambertGraham MortEoghan Walls and (as Visiting Distinguished Professor) Paul Muldoon.


Our distance learning tutors are experienced and award-winning authors, Sarah Corbett, Conor O’Callaghan, Jane Draycott, Sara Maitland, Brian McCabe, Tom Pow and Michelene Wandor.

Other information can be obtained from Lyn Kellett.

Publications by Lancaster Students

Students' booksWriters who have studied in Lancaster's Creative Writing programmes have published over seventy books in recent years.

Recent Lancaster writers who have won or been nominated for major prizes include: Ali Shaw (Desmond Elliott Prize); Monique Roffey (short-listed for the Orange Prize); Jacob Polley (shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize); Andrew Miller (James Tait Black Memorial Prize; the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award); Ray Robinson (James Tait Black Memorial Prize).

For more examples, see our page on success stories.

Creative-Critical Pathway

Creative-Critical MA Pathway on the English Literary Studies MA

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Forthcoming Events

Student Journals

Cake publishes poetry, flash fiction and reviews with work from established poets and newcomers alike. Go to Cake»

Share research and make connections with other researchers. Go to the Luminary»


The Flash Journal is an undergraduate run termly journal which publishes fiction, poetry, critical and hybrid work by current Lancaster undergrads. Go to Flash»

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