Department of English and Modern Languages

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      Hilary Mantel

      “The university is internationally recognised as a leader in Creative Writing” »

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      Philip Pullman

      “Among the Creative Writing courses that I’ve seen – and I’ve seen quite a lot now – the one I’ve seen at Oxford Brookes is certainly one of the best.” »

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      Annie Murray

      Her final project novel, entitled A New Map of Love was published by Pan Macmillan under the name Abi Oliver and she continues to write bestselling historical novels as Annie Murray, for Pan Macmillan.

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      Anne Youngson

      MA graduate and current PhD student, her first novel (2018), has already sold around the world »

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      Helen Eve

      Her debut novel, Stella, was published by Macmillan in 2014 »

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      Catherine Chanter

      Her first full length work of fiction, The Well, won the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize in 2013 »

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      Kit de Waal

      Shortlisted for the 2014 Costa Short Story prize »

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      Liam Brown

      His debut novel, Real Monsters, published in 2015 by Legend Press »

  • Creative Writing

    The MA Creative Writing course will grow your writing through work with established writers, industry professionals, teaching specialists and your peers, whilst you experience this most literary of all cities.

    Getting you published

    Our graduates’ recent achievements mean that agents and publishers really listen when they hear you’re with us. Among many other stand-out successes, in 2018 Anne Youngson's Meet Me at the Museum has met with international success, and Linni Ingemundsen launched the first novel of her two-book deal with Usborne’s young adult list. In 2016 Kit de Waal (pictured with Philip Pullman at our 2013 showcase) published My Name is Leon, which was immediately taken up for adaptation by BBC radio, TV and film; and in 2015 Catherine Chanter’s The Well appeared to international acclaim and was chosen by the Richard & Judy/WH Smith Book Club.

    All Major Projects gaining a Distinction are looked at by top agents Felicity Bryan Associates (who visit us each year), with a view to representation, and by legendary London publisher Philip Gwyn Jones, who has commissioned some of the biggest names in fiction. People like this are the gatekeepers of literary success; our aim is to get them to open those gates for you.

    Discover more of our publishing success stories »
    Kit de Waal talking with Philip Pullman
  • Be Inspired

    Creative Writing at Oxford Brookes can open doors to your creativity that you didn't even know existed.