Academic Lead: Dr Elsa Court and Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
This course explores contemporary examples and practices of creative fiction, nonfiction, and poetry and draws upon some of the formal and political motivations of contemporary English-language literature for its content. It is particularly suited to Summer School students looking to develop their creative voice independently and alongside their existing critical writing skills. It teaches students to explore distinct narrative and/or poetic voices and techniques and issue as well as learn from peer-feedback in workshop environments.
What makes great storytelling now, and what makes new narrative or poetic voices so distinctive? What is challenging about writing creatively in the present moment, and how do we understand what constitutes a story or a poetic form in our own writing?
This course draws on a range of contemporary literature in English, and will give students the freedom and the tools to experiment with fiction, nonfiction or poetry, and to shape their own creative voices in the process. Using a combination of writing workshops and seminar-style discussion, we will address the ways contemporary literature reckons with a world in flux (BLM, #MeToo, climate change) and invents new, experimental ways to move beyond the boundaries of literary form. Writers we will look at include Claudia Rankine, Cathy Park Hong, Patricia Lockwood, Sheila Heti, Olivia Laing, Tao Lin, Rachel Cusk and Claire Louise Bennett.
The emphasis will be on developing the tools to give and receive constructive peer feedback with an effort to build craft alongside of — but separate from — the students’ existing skills in analytical reading and writing. The course is assessed by coursework submission as well as feedback participation during the workshops.
2023 Creative Writing Now Syllabus [PDF 64KB]
Course content is subject to change.
This course aims to:
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical workshops and field trips.
You will gain:
You will be able to:
The Queen Mary Summer School costs: £2,100 per session, which includes tuition and social programme.
We offer a 10% discount to:
The cost of accommodation is £1029 per session. For further information, please visit our accommodation page.
Additional costs and course excursions
There may be additional costs for field trips, such as entry to exhibitions, which will be in the region of £30.All reading material will be provided online, so it is not necessary to purchase any books.
Please note there is no deposit payment required for the Queen Mary Summer School.
To join our Summer School, you should have completed a minimum of two semesters’ study at your home institution.
We welcome Summer School students from around the world. We accept a range of qualifications:
We welcome international qualifications and we consider every application individually on its academic merit.
All of our courses are taught and assessed in English. If English isn’t your first language, you must meet one of the following English Language requirements in order to join
Applications are now open!
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Applications close 29 May 2023.
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