About Creative Writing PhD
The PhD in Creative Writing at King's is a practice-led course, incorporating taught elements and aspects of professional development. It is designed to cater for talented, committed writers who are looking to complete a book-length creative work for publication and sustain a long-term career in writing.
Our unique programme offers students:
- a varied, structured framework for the development of their creative work, with regular feedback from experienced author-lecturers in the department through supervision and workshops
- purposeful engagement with professionals from the publishing and performance industries throughout the course, building potential routes to publication
- valuable teaching experience in creative writing at HE-level through our Graduate Teaching Assistantship scheme
- practical experience in public engagement, through curating and chairing public literary events at King's
- a community of fellow writers and collaborative projects
The course provides a supportive environment in which to enhance your creative writing technique, to explore the depths of your ideas, to sustain your creative motivation, and to prepare you for the demands of the writer's life beyond university.
At King's we know that writing well requires self-discipline and an ability to work productively in isolation; but we also appreciate that postgraduate writers thrive when they are part of a community of fellow authors, an environment of constructive criticism and shared endeavour.
We offer our PhD students the guidance of knowledgeable and experienced practitioners, as well as give them frequent opportunities to interact and collaborate with peers, to forge lasting connections within London's writing industry, to develop their editorial skills and teaching experience.
PhD students are expected to attend the quarterly Thesis Workshop, and also to take an active part in curating literary events at King's, including an annual public lecture by a high-profile author and the "Poetry And..." quarterly reading series.
Course study environment
PhD in Creative Writing students are taught through one-to-one sessions with an appointed supervisor in their chosen specialism (fiction, creative non-fiction, or poetry) as well as through quarterly workshop thesis workshops. They are also appointed a second supervisor whose role is to offer an additional perspective on the work being produced.
After three years (full-time) or six years (part-time), students are expected to submit either:
• a novel or short story collection
• a poetry collection
• a full-length work of creative non-fiction
In addition, they are also required to submit an evaluative essay (15,000 words) that examines their practical approach to the conception, development, and revision of their project, and which explores how their creative work was informed by research (archival, book-based, or experiential).
For information on funding, visit http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources
The core teaching team*on the PhD in Creative Writing includes prize-winning novelists, poets, and creative non-fiction specialists: Ruth Padel, Benjamin Wood, Edmund Gordon, Sarah Howe, Jon Day and Laura Feigel. Visting research fellows, including Andrew O'Hagan, may also contribute to teaching on the course. (*may vary according to research leave and availability)
More information can be found here.