As part of the BA English, students can take introductory courses in poetry, prose fiction, and creative non-fiction in the second year, and progress to advanced modules in fiction or poetry in the third year.
At doctoral level, we run an innovative, practice-led PhD in Creative Writing programme, designed for talented and committed writers in poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction who wish to complete a book-length project for publication and prepare for a long-term career in the literary world.
Wild Court is an international online poetry journal based in the Department, named after a nineteenth century Irish slum or ‘rookery’ opposite what is now the Virginia Woolf Building. Wild Court draws on an international community of professional poets, writers and critics, but also includes a section of work from King’s creative writing students. It also supports Poetry And, a series of free public readings at King’s, which highlights poetry’s power to connect with other thought-worlds, disciplines, and areas of life.
Creative Writing Staff
The English department is home to award-winning novelists, poets, essayists, biographers, non-fiction authors, and literary critics, who teach undergraduate modules in a range of disciplines. They also supervise creative projects at doctoral level within their specialisms.
Works by our staff have won or been shortlisted for a number of literary accolades, including: the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Forward Prize, the Man Booker Prize, the Sunday Times / PFD Young Writer of the Year, the Costa First Novel Award, the Costa Poetry Award, the Somerset Maugham Award, the Commonwealth Book Prize, the Biographers’ Club / Slightly Foxed First Biography Prize, the U.S. National Book Critics Circle Award, the CWA Gold Dagger Award, the European Union Prize for Literature, the RSL Encore Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Letters, le Prix du Roman Fnac, le Prix du Roman Etranger, and the Kiriyama Prize. Many of the creative writing staff are Fellows of the Royal Society of Literature.
Their most recent publications are:
The list of King’s College London alumni not only features many acclaimed contemporary authors—Michael Morpurgo, Alain de Botton, Hanif Kureishi, Marina Lewycka, Susan Hill, Lawrence Norfolk, Ross Raisin, Alexander Masters, Maureen Duffy, Anita Brookner, and Helen Cresswell—it also includes major figures in literature, such as Thomas Hardy, Arthur C Clarke, Christopher Isherwood, BS Johnson, John Keats, W. Somerset Maugham, and Virginia Woolf.