Founded by Douglas Dunn in 1993, the Creative Writing research group in the School of English is home to some of the most highly regarded poets, fiction-writers, and dramatists in the country. We ranked among the UK’s most outstanding literary arts departments in the recent national assessment, and we are proud to uphold the School’s ongoing legacy of scholarly, critical, and creative excellence.


St Andrews is home to a world-class writing faculty with an established record of mentoring prize-winning authors.


Our work includes poetry, translation, the short story, the novel, life writing, the literary essay, travel writing, and drama.

Degree programmes

We provide intensive postgraduate training and mentorship in Poetry, Prose, and Writing for Performance.