Creative Writing at Glasgow

The Masters in Creative Writing is one of the most celebrated creative programmes in the country.

Distinguished visiting speakers from the world of writing and publishing have contributed to the programme including Margaret Atwood, Eavan Boland, Gillian Clarke, Peter Davidson, Niall Ferguson, Lorna Goodison, Jorie Graham, Kirsty Gunn, AL Kennedy, Marina Lewycka, Toby Litt, Bernard MacLaverty, Harry Mathews, Maggie O’Farrell, Andrew O’Hagan, Sharon Olds, Alice Quinn, Ian Rankin, Christopher Ricks, Jane Stevenson, Louise Welsh and Zoe Wicombe. In addition, there have been contributions from outstanding editors, journalists and agents from across the UK.

The department also boasts a sophisticated electronic learning environment and a dedicated resource centre, the Edwin Morgan Writing Room, with its book, periodical and audio-visual library. For more information about the MLitt programme visit the University of Glasgow’s Official Site.

Course Tutors

Elizabeth Reeder
Elizabeth Reeder, Convenor of the CW Distance Learning MLitt, recently completed her PhD in Creative Writing at University of Glasgow which consisted of a novel, Ramshackle, and lyrical essays on landscape, creativity and loss. She graduated BA Hons, Summa Cum Laude from Kenyon College, is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Her fiction has been published widely in literary journals and anthologies including a recent story in the Kenyon Review; her BBC Radio 4 broadcasts include a Women’s Hour Serial, stories, and abridgments of Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead and Sara Wheeler’s Magnetic North. She received Scottish Arts Council bursaries in 2001 and 2006, and was the Writing Fellow for the North East of Glasgow 2002-2004. She has particular interests in contemporary fiction and crossover forms like lyrical essays, and in how we as writers make our best work. Current writing includes a book of lyrical essays, direction is the moment you choose, and a novel. For more information visit her site:

Zoë Strachan
Zoë Strachan was born in 1975 and grew up in Kilmarnock. She gained an MLitt in Creative Writing from the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde in 1999 and is the author of Negative Space and Spin Cycle (both Picador). The former won a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Saltire First Book of the Year Award and longlisted for the SAC Book of the Year Award. Zoë also writes short stories, essays and journalism, and drama, stories and features for radio. Recent publications include: ‘The Secret Life of Dads’ in New Writing 15(British Council/Granta, 2007), ‘Ever Fallen in Love?’ in Bordercrossing Berlin (Germany, 2007) and ‘Is that a Scot or am Ah Wrang?’ in The Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary Scottish Literature (EUP, 2007). She has received two SAC writers’ bursaries and a Hawthornden Fellowship, and in autumn 2006 she was UNESCO City of Literature writer-in-residence at the Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. In 2008 she was awarded the Hermann Kesten Stipendium in Nuremberg. She has taught on the Creative Writing Programme at Glasgow since 2003. Her work in progress includes a third novel, Play Dead; an interdisciplinary art collaboration, I throw my prayers into the sky; and a play, Old Girls. You can find out more at

Writer in Residence

Louise Welsh

Louise Welsh is the writer-in-residence for the University of Glasgow and the Glasgow School of Art. She is the author of three novels: The Cutting Room (2002), The Bullet Trick (2006) and Naming the Bones (March 2010), and one novella, Tamburlaine Must Die (2004), all published by Canongate Books. She’s also produced many short stories and articles and written for radio and the stage including a libretto for opera. For more information, visit

With thanks to the University of Glasgow’s Creative Writing Program for text and images.

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