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English and Related Literature
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University of York - Heslington Campus
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51,034 a year (pro rata)
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The department of English and Related Literature is looking to appoint a creative writer with a record of outstanding literary achievement and a well-established international reputation to a fixed-term Writer-in-Residence position (0.2 FTE).

The faculty of Arts and Humanities at York has a long history of supporting creative work, with recent high-profile successes among student writers including novelist and PhD student Fiona Mozley’s recent shortlisting for the Booker Prize and MA student Phoebe Power’s Forward Prize for her first poetry collection in 2019. Staff creative output has become increasingly varied, from consulting and adaptation work for major film and theatre productions to innovative work produced in conjunction with our Thin Ice Press letterpress studio.

This appointment coincides with the launch of our PhD in English with Creative Writing option, and new BA and MA writing modules. The successful candidate will produce high-profile publications, and will take a lead in inspiring and guiding students and staff as they develop their own creative and critical profiles.

We will especially welcome applications from BAME candidates, who are currently under-represented within the department. Experience of multilingual approaches and/or translation will also be welcome.


  • As writer-in-residence, you will be supported in your own writing and research, while running a termly masterclass series and jointly coordinating our prestigious Writers at York series
  • You will play a crucial role in developing a new creative research cluster, working with writers and researchers to support creative and practice-based research at the university
  • In the course of the two years and seven months appointment, you will work with the department and faculty research teams to develop a framework to support practice-led research and creative outputs across the Arts and Humanities, raising the profile of the creative arts within the university

There is some flexibility about how the hours for this post will be allocated, but the successful candidate will be expected to be in York for around two weeks in each of our three teaching terms.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

The successful candidate:

  • will have a significant track record of achievement and professional experience in the field of creative writing
  • will possess expertise in creative practice and/or practice-based research with the potential to complement and enhance the department’s research strategy and goals
  • will demonstrate the ability to design and deliver creative teaching material, and to inspire our students in their own creative endeavours
  • will be guided by a collaborative ethos, and be willing to work with colleagues to develop departmental and faculty initiatives
  • will possess a demonstrable commitment to promoting the public understanding of creative research and scholarship
  • will demonstrate a commitment to Equality and Diversity, and a passion for promoting inclusivity within and beyond the department

For informal enquiries please contact Professor Helen Smith on  or Dr JT Welsch on 

References based on professional experience are welcome in place of academic references.

This post is available on a fixed term basis for two years and seven months.

This post is available at 7.50 hours a week.

Interview date: 12 December 2019

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