Northumbria University works in partnership with New Writing North to celebrate and nurture new writing talent and enhance opportunities for talented writers to develop their work. The Northern Writers’ Awards are central to this collaboration, celebrating the best emerging talent across the North and supporting writers to develop their original and exciting work.
The collaboration between New Writing North and Northumbria aims to strengthen the infrastructure and environment in which creative writing thrives. We do this by shaping unique opportunities for writers at all stages of their development, and by pursuing innovative approaches that reinforce connections between our staff and students, the wider writing community, and the literature sector. Working with New Writing North to structure new undergraduate and postgraduate modules makes it possible for our students to learn directly from publishers, agents and editors about the challenges and opportunities that face writers and all those working in literature. In turn, the collaboration with New Writing North enables writers to learn from Northumbria’s academic staff. Unique events such as Crime Story introduce crime writers to disciplines such as criminology and forensic science, providing a new lens for the fictional crime world. The Newcastle Writing Conference, programmed by New Writing North and hosted at Northumbria, offers new and emerging writers invaluable access to the expertise of industry insiders, writers and other literature professionals.
The spirit of innovation and collaboration is also a feature of our diverse student offer in creative writing at undergraduate, Masters and PhD level. Our staff are all practising writers, and our teaching is informed by their on-going research and practice. Modules cover a wide range of forms, from novels, short stories and poetry to drama and screenwriting. Our undergraduate programme prepares students for a range of careers, and the Creative Writing MA suits both those looking to begin a career in writing and those who want to progress to practice-led research via our PhD programme. Creative Writing at Northumbria University is dedicated to creating an inspiring and enriching environment for student writers and for writers in the wider community regionally.