Literature and Creative Writing

The School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia has a long-established international reputation in literary studies. World famous for our pioneering courses in creative writing, we are also home to prize-winning scholars and translators of literature and drama from all periods.



Drama allows you to combine a strong practical emphasis with the study of the theory, history and social significance of drama, complemented by detailed study of dramatic literature and aspects of visual and technical design.

The Schools of Study at UEA teach thousands of undergraduate and postgraduate students each year across the four faculties of our campus in Norwich.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to Literature, Drama and Creative Writing.

If you haven’t already, check out our School pages on the UEA website.

In the meantime, don’t forget to Register Online to get access to your timetable once it becomes available, and log in to Blackboard our virtual learning environment.

Once you have registered online you will also need to attend a registration event (unless you are an undergraduate home student living in UEA accommodation, since you are registered automatically when you pick up your room keys).

  1. You did it! Congratulations and welcome. I’m Alison Donnell, the Head of School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing and I am looking forward to meeting you all. For the last three decades, literature has been my vocation. I cherish the sparks and joys of teaching and of my own research into Caribbean Writings.

    You are in the right place to immerse yourself in literature, drama and creative writing. Here on campus, you’ll see performances from some of the world’s most exciting talents and have the chance to talk with them about their work. Norwich is a UNESCO City of Literature, and the National Centre for Writing opened here during 2018.

    You’ll have many opportunities to connect to your love of reading, writing and performing in the classroom and beyond. You will also enrich our environment with the individual talents and perspectives that you bring to us.

    The School has a long standing reputation for excellent teaching and for the distinction of its academic staff. We are serious and rigorous about literature, and enjoy sharing our interests and intellectual commitments with students. We will challenge you to think in new ways, but you will feel supported and part of a community. You will have an advisor to talk to but feel free to contact me if you need to, or just drop by my office to let me know how you are getting on.

    But first it’s Welcome Week. This week is all about settling in, making friends and getting to know your school, the university and the city. Have a fabulous first week and happy studying!


    Alison Donnell

    Head of the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing (LDC)

In addition to your School and discipline specific events, the Faculty of Arts and Humanities has developed a programme of welcome events called I ♥ Arts & Humanities. These events are a great way to get to know the Faculty and meet people who share your passion. They appear on your online timetable marked 'I ♥ Arts & Humanities' and are listed in the induction programme section.

Once you receive an email confirming your place, follow the link in it to register online and set up your IT account, UEA username and password. You will need your UEA username and password to get access to the I ♥ Arts & Humanities Blackboard site. The site is full of information to help you get to know UEA, develop your study skills, find opportunities and events.

More information on registering online is available here. Once you have your details, follow the instructions below:

  • Go to
  • Select BLACKBOARD from the 3 orange buttons towards the top of the screen
  • Type in your UEA username and password, and select Sign In
  • At the top right of the screen select I Arts & Humanities



Get a buddy

Buddy¦su is a befriending programme run by the Students' Union to help you settle into uni life. They are a friendly face on campus and can help you with living away from home and figuring out how UEA and your School work.

Information on signing up


We find that students often want to know how best they might prepare for university and especially what they might read before they get here. While we don't have a set reading list for you, as we would most like you to be reading widely, following your own leads and interests and trying to stretch yourself by straying into areas and writings that are new to you, we can recommend some books that are important introductions to literary studies in general. You might like to dip, or even plunge, into one or more of these books. You can browse all available preparatory materials via the buttons on the right.

Arriving at UEA is an excellent time to like, follow, pin, love and more. 

  1. Literature@UEA School of Literature, Drama & Creative Writing. Teaching, writing, researching, translating and performing literature. 


  2. Literature, Drama and Creative Writing has a long-established international reputation in literary studies. World famous for its pioneering courses in creative writing, it is also home to prize-winning scholars and translators of literature and drama from all periods. 


  3. UEA Drama Studio - a flexible theatre space and the home of UEA Drama. The venue for theatre, comedy, musicals and live literature on campus.  


  4. UEA Drama Studio - Our Facebook page  


  5. Minotaur Theatre - Student theatre company based at the University of East Anglia.


  6. Minotaur Theatre - Our facebook page.




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