• Copies of Quotidian, literary magazine

    Creative writing

    Storytelling is at the heart of our culture. Whether you’re interested in poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, or screenwriting, we will guide you towards telling the best story possible.

Creative Writing has had a strong profile at Strathclyde for many years. Some of our students and staff have won, or been listed for, major international prizes and grants from awarding bodies including Creative Scotland, and the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC); as well as the Wyndham-Campbell Literature Prize, and the Desmond Elliot Prize (for the best first novel in the UK).

Former staff and students include:

  • Zoë Wicomb
  • Louise Welsh
  • Margaret Elphinstone 
  • Andrew O'Hagan
  • James Kelman
  • Ali Smith

Until recently, we had the privilege of working with novelist and dramatist, Beatrice Colin, who was a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing. Sadly, Beatrice passed away in February 2019. She was an inspirational teacher and is much missed by students and staff. An obituary by Gaynor MacFarlane, may be found here.

We combine the best creative instincts with first-hand experience in the creative industries. The world of storytelling is ever-changing, so we make sure to invite only the most relevant industry speakers from the worlds of broadcasting, publishing and digital media.

In your time with us, you will be preparing for making a life in writing. Everyone has a story to tell. The challenge lies in learning how to tell it well.

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