Home to internationally reputed writers and academics, The Department of English and Creative Writing offers high quality programmes and opportunities.
At Roehampton, English Literature is characterised by our commitment to tradition and innovation, ranging from gender and drama to stand-up comedy. Children’s Literature has pioneered the development of the discipline nationally, developing strong links with children’s book organisations and the publishing industry. Creative and Professional Writing offers specialised fiction and poetry modules alongside non-fiction and screenwriting.
The Department has led the way in literary research, with the acclaimed Memory Network and the Prison Reading Group projects.
The National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature (NCRCL), ReWrite (the Centre for Research in Creative and Professional Writing), the Literature and Culture Research Centre and Centre for Research in Romanticism are also all based here.
Departmental life is enriched by the respected writers we have here, including, Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Professor David Harsent, Professor Fiona Sampson and Adam Foulds, to name a few. We publish the journal Poem and have our own printing press.
In addition there are thriving student societies, alumni events, seminars and conferences, such as the Annual Hopkins Lecture.
Being a London university, we make the most of our London location, giving students the chance to experience the culture and drama of London as part of their learning and by delivering modules which focus on London specifically.
Dr Laura PetersHead of Department, English and Creative Writing
The department offers rich and varied professional writing courses with specialised pathways in Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction and Fiction for Young Readers.
Our Masters programme is suitable for early-career writers, published or unpublished, who wish to enrich their creative work through a rigorous exploration of writing theory and practice.
We also offer a Writing for Children pathway on our Children's Literature MA. This is available both on campus and by distance learning.
More information on all our writing courses.