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Creative Writing research

Areas of research include the following:

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  • Life Writing
  • Writing Fiction
  • Writing Poetry
  • Writing for Children
  • Writing Biography
  • Writing Memoir
  • Writing Crime Fiction
  • Writing for the Stage

For PhD study, please see our Students section.

The Centre for Life Narratives is a physical and virtual base for research projects conducted by existing Kingston staff, externally funded research fellows, visiting fellows and professors, Writers, Filmmakers, and Artists in residence and research students from a variety of disciplines. The CLN's external funding applications are intended to generate an ambitious research and publication programme based on working in collaboration with academic and trade publishers in book, article and other formats. In addition to the work of MA and PhD students associated with the centre, CLN also hosts and oversees a number of research projects and has hosted two international conferences.

The Research Unit in English Literature and Creative Writing is one of the most successful research groups in the University. Staff conduct research in a number of areas, including 19th- and 20th-century British and American fiction; modernism; critical theory; Gothic writing; travel writing; gender and writing; literary representations of the Balkans; narratives of slavery; women's writing; Shakespeare, including Shakespeare and Islam; and English women's religious poetry during the 17th century (literary and critical theory).

Kingston Writing School provides opportunities for research across a range of areas as part of our taught masters and Doctor of Philosophy or Masters by Research.

The department also has links to, an interdisciplinary research group centred around the concept of the 'cultural text'. The group includes researchers from the fields of literature, film, media, history, music, dance, performance, and journalism, brought together by their shared interest in the way in which narratives written, visual, and performative shape and have shaped individual and communal experience, material culture, and everyday life.

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