MA in Creative Writing

Sheffield Hallam University MA in Creative Writing.

Would you like to become a children’s writer?

David was a lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University (one day a week) where he taught on the MA course in “Writing for Children” for many years.

It is an excellent MA

The MA also offers, amongst others, courses on novel writing, poetry, short story and scriptwriting.

The MA in creative writing at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) is one of the very few in the UK requiring you to complete an entire novel, script, collection of short stories or poems, AND assess the whole work, not a fraction of it. To get you there we provide extensive written, and regular one-to-one, face-to-face feedback. As screenwriter William Goldman says: ‘Until you put a full stop at the end, it’s all just a writing exercise.’

The MA at SHU has produced more than 40 main-stream published and broadcast writers in the last 18 years. That’s an average of more than two a year (and many more are published in magazines and selective online sites). These include nominees and winners of some of the UK’s most prestigious writing prizes, including: Marina Lewycka (whose best-selling, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, was short listed for The Orange Prize and won The Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize); Jill Dawson (Orange Prize short listed); A.J. Ashworth, whose collection of short stories won The Scott Prize in 2011; and current students Sophie Hampton (Winner of the London Magazine Short Story Competition, 2013), and Helen Meller, who won the 2013 BBC Radio Audio Award for the Best Audio Drama (Series or Serial).

Every one of our writer-lecturers is successfully published or produced. They include: Sony award winning script writer Mike Harris; novelist, playwright and short story writer Jane Rogers (winner of last year’s Arthur C. Clarke Award, long listed for the Booker in 2011, BAFTA nominee, and winner of the Writer’s Guild Best Fiction award, amongst others); multi-award winning poet, Maurice Riordan, who has recently been appointed editor of the prestigious Poetry Review, with a new collection ‘The Water Stealer’ out from Faber later this year; and children’s writer David Harmer, late of The Circus of Poets, and author of three collections for children.

The deadline for next September’s applications is April 1. Acceptance criteria include a good writing sample and evidence of sustained commitment to writing (not necessarily a degree). Enquiries to Conor O’ Callaghan:






Marina Lewycka

  • Various Pets Alive and Dead
  • A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian (Orange shortlisted)
  • We Are All Made of Glue
  • Two Caravans


Jill Dawson

  • Trick of the Light
  • Fred and Edie (Orange shortlisted)
  • Lucky Bunny
  • The Great Lover
  • Watch Me Disappear
  • Wild Boy


Adam Creed

  • Suffer the Children
  • Pain of Death
  • Willing Flesh
  • Death in the Sun


Bill Hussey

  • The Absence
  • Through a Glass Darkly
  • Witchfinder: Dawn of the Demontide
  • Witchfinder: The Last Nightfall
  • Witchfinder: Gallows at Twilight


Linda Lee Welch

  • The Leader of the Swans
  • The Artist of Eikando


Kathryn Heyman

  • The Breaking.
  • Keep Your Hands on the Wheel.
  • The Accomplice.
  • Captain Starlight’s Apprentice.


Rosie Dub

  • Gathering Storm
  • Flight


Liz Kettle

  • Broken Biscuits


Iain Broome

  • A is for Angelica


Lily Dunn

  • Shadowing the Sun


Jim Pollard

  • Rotten in Denmark


Rachel Genn

  • The Cure

Penny Faith

  • From a Past Life


Jilly Wosskow

  • A Young Woman’s Guide to Carrying On

Nick Triplow

  • Frank’s Wild Years


Anna Chilvers

  • Falling Through Clouds


James Wheatley

  • Magnificent Joe (2013)


Susan Elliot-Wright

  • The Things You Didn’t Know (two-book deal)


Bryony Doran

  • The China Bird


Caroline Maldonado

  • Scent of the Orchid





Felicity Skelton

  • Eating a Sandwich (own collection)
  • “Geography” (in Overheard: Stories for Reading Aloud)


Jenny Vernon

  • Write on the River (Contributor – Trent Vale Landscape Partnership)
  • Waking the Dead (Contributor)
    (Guardian, June 2011)

Mandy Sutter

  • A Couple of Stops (contributor)


Jane Sellars

  • Letters from my Mother (Woman’s Hour Serial)


Andrea Ashworth (shortlisted for Edgehill prize 2012)

  • The Yellow Room, (Contributor)
  • Tears in the Fence (Contributor)
  • Horizon Review (Contributor)
  • Somewhere Else or Even Here (Winner of Scott Prize 2011)


Sophie Hampton

  • The Cairn (read on BBC Radio 4)
  • Les Pieds de Dieu (winner London Magazine short story competition 2013)
  • Affirmation (shortlisted for Bridport Prize 2012)
  • ‘White Socks and Weirdos (winner Sean O’Faolain International Short Story Prize)




Frances Leviston

  • Public Dream (own collection – shortlisted for TS Eliot and Forward Best First prizes)


David Harmer (current lecturer and ex-student)

  • Pirate Poems
  • It’s Behind You (with Paul Cookson)
  • It came from Outer Space (with Paul Cookson)


Tony Williams

  • The Corner of Arundel Lane and Charles Street
    • All the Rooms of Uncle’s Head


James Sheard

  • Scattering Eva (shortlisted Forward Best First Collection)
  • Dammtor


Ben Wilkinson

  • The Sparks (pamphlet)


Suzannah Evans

  • Confusion Species (pamphlet), winner Poetry Business Competition


Suzanne Batty

  • The Barking Thing


Sally Goldsmith

  • Singer


Tim Turnbull

  • Caligula on Ice and Other Poems


Noel Williams

About 150 poems in various publications




Jenny Vernon

  • A Fine Wreck of the Feudal Age – the later history of Gainsborough Old Hall, in Gainsborough Old Hall, ed Phillip Lindley, Society of Lincolnshire History and Archaeology
  • Gainsborough Old Hall and the Mayflower Pilgrims, Friends of the Old Hall Association
  • On the Trail of the Pilgrim Fathers,  Lincolnshire County Council and 3 other local councils
  • Gainsborough Old Hall – A Guide. Lincolnshire County Council
  • “The Lincoln Kayak”, in Mariners’ Mirror, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich



Sharon Oakes

  • Market: Eclipse (BBC radio)
  • The Child in Time (BBC radio )
  • Doctors – Series 9: “Raw Deal” (BBC TV)
  • Doctors – Series 13: “It’s Only Natural” (BBC TV)
  • Waterloo Road 9.3 (BBC TV)
  • Ester Waters (adaptation – BBC Radio)


Cathy Bolton

  • Room Service (BBC radio)


Jo Berry

  • Mr Kuan-Ti (BBC radio)


Helen Meller

  • The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum (adaptation – BBC radio)




Jo Berry

  • Star Wars: The Old Republic (online game)



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