Dr Sarah Stovell - Programme Leader
Sarah Stovell is the Programme Leader for the joint BA in English and Creative Writing. She is module conveyor for the second-year module Writing and Enterprise and the optional third-year module The Psychological Thriller and Crime Writing. Sarah writes crime fiction and women's fiction and has just accepted a two-book deal for her latest novel, Other Parents.Academic Staff List
We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.
† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.
In the second year, students have the option to select the Study Abroad Period English and Creative Writing module. Students can spend a term studying at one of the University’s partner institutions.
In order to participate, students are usually expected to obtain a 2:1 or higher in first year, have a good record of attendance and participation, and must complete an application process. A limited number of places will be available each year, and participation is at the discretion of the module co-ordinator and the Programme Leader. Students are responsible for travel, accommodation, and general living costs while on study abroad.
English academics are engaged in research which directly informs their teaching. There are particular strengths in 21st Century literature, 19th Century literature, Gothic studies and drama. Current research projects include studies on Shakespeare, women’s life-writing, literary reactions to early photography, and utopian theatre.
Students have the opportunity to learn from active professional authors, including members of English staff. Their publications include novels, poetry, and prize-winning short stories.
Teaching is enriched by workshops, readings, and masterclasses with visiting contemporary authors. Poet Laureate Dame Carol Ann Duffy is a Visiting Artist at the University of Lincoln.
"The University of Lincoln’s Creative Writing programme is unparalleled, offering a diverse range of modules and exceptional academic support. In comparison to programmes offered by other universities, it is by far the most outstanding I’ve seen."Jessica Toye, BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing graduate
English and Creative Writing graduates may choose to pursue careers in various literary and creative professions, such as publishing, journalism, advertising, public relations, marketing, the civil service, and communications. Students can continue their studies at postgraduate level or take qualifications in teaching.
Lincoln graduates have gone on to work at regional and national media outlets including the BBC, The Daily Mail and Channel 4.
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Develop your own distinctive voice as an author and philosophy of composition, and explore the theory and practice of building a diverse portfolio.
Explore a lively and varied collection of texts, from medieval literature and the Renaissance through to postcolonialism and postmodernism.
The study of two closely related fields such as English and Journalism encourages students to analyse a diverse range of literary approaches.
At Lincoln, we strive to make sure our student experience is engaging, supportive, and academically challenging. That is why, in response to the issues presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, we have been prioritising face-to-face teaching sessions for our new and returning students in areas where they are the most valuable, such as seminars, tutorials, workshops, and lab and practical sessions. Additional online opportunities have been introduced where they support learning and have been shown to be successful and popular with our current students.
Safety remains a key focus. We are fully prepared to adapt our plans if changes in Government guidance makes this necessary, and we will endeavour to keep current and prospective students informed. For more information about how we are working to keep our community safe, please visit our coronavirus web pages.