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 adviser 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)

LDC Student Site

The LDC Student Site is full of information to help you get to know your school, find opportunities and events, and the various ways in which you can access support. Once you have completed online registration:

  • Go to

  • Select BLACKBOARD from the three buttons at the top right of the screen

  • Login with your UEA username and password

  • At the top right of the screen select LDC Student Site


Follow @uealdc on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up-to-date on school news and events.

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.

You can find information on signing up on the Student Union website.

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. To help you, we've put together a document called 'Preparing for the First Year', which you can download via the tab on the right. Here you'll find a few broad overviews of the subject areas we teach, a list of some of the books that those of you taking the 'Literature in History 1' module will be studying in the autumn (that's everyone who's about to start courses in English Literature, English Literature with Creative Writing, and English and American Literature), and a guide to how you might use the rest of your summer to read more widely.

Remember that none of this is compulsory -- what we would most like you to do is simply to enjoy reading widely, following your own leads and interests and trying to stretch yourself by straying into areas and writings that are new to you. On the right, too, you'll also find a guide to time management, another important matter as you begin independent study at university. We hope that you'll find something useful here, and something to enjoy, too. 

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  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  




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