Biography is currently undergoing rapid change and reformation. Instead of the old ‘cradle to grave’ narratives of well-known literary or political figures, our best writers are now experimenting with new forms and subjects. Nature-writing, the personal essay, food journalism, art criticism and memoir are all part of the exciting emerging mix. This MA programme is for anyone who wants to develop their own writing in any of these genres while studying at the country’s leading university for the teaching of Creative Writing.
Why Study Biography and Creative Non-Fiction at UEA?
All the teaching staff are acclaimed writers. Programme director Kathryn Hughes is an awarding-winning biographer and Guardian literary critic. Her most recent book is The Short Life and Long Times of Mrs Beeton. William Fiennes is the author of the multi-award winning The Snow Geese and The Music Room. Helen Smith is the winner of the Biographers’ Club award for her book on Edward Garnett. The programme aims to provide students with the tools they need to develop their interest as readers and writers of Biography and Creative Non-Fiction.
The School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia has a long-established international reputation in literary studies. World famous for our pioneering courses in creative writing, we are also home to prize-winning scholars and translators of literature and drama from all periods.