MA Creative Writing Course

Scope and Content

LIT/CW MA course in Creative Writing Contains copies of students' screenwriting scripts and short stories submitted between 1992 and 1995 under the course leadership of Malcolm Bradbury, Professor of English and American Studies at the University of East Anglia, 1970-1994. Also included is printed ephemera and correspondence from foreign conferences and tours.

LIT/CW/1 Screenwriting course 1989-1993 The contents of this file mainly relates to the screenwriting course offered by Malcolm Bradbury for the academic years 1993-1994 and 1994-1995. It contains copies of students' screenwriting scripts, and adaptations of original screenplays or of short stories.

Work from the following students is included: Nan T. Achnas; Harriett Braun; Tristan Brolly; Tracy Chevalier; Fadia Faqir; Ralph Goldswain; Joanne Gooding; Thomas Guest; Barry Halloren; James Holloway; Claire Lees Ingham; Janette Jenkins; Lawrence Le Barge; Stephen Leslie; Toby Litt; John Mangan; Cormac McCarthy; Chris Norton; Jeremy Page; Judith Rawnsley; Joanne Reardon; Nicholas Rhl; Tom Shankland; Joe Sieder; and Matthew Singh-Toor.

There are 20 submissions of adaptations of Henry James's short story "Sir Edmund Orme" from most of these students as well as: Martin Aaron; Sue Nash; Derek Neale; and Kate Webb.

Five submissions for the adaptation of Stephen Gallagher's "The horn" are included from Adam Campbell; Neil Church; Karin Hurst; Mick Jackson; and Kate Slattery.

LIT/CW/2 Short story writing 1991-1995 Contains short story drafts from the following students:

Martin Aaron; Ferne Arfin; Nick Baylis; Richard Beard; Martyn Bedford; John Boyne; Harriet Braun; Katherine Brown; Adam Campbell; Tracy Chevalier; Simon Christmas; Neil Church; James Clatworthy;Archie Clifford; Alan Cowley; Melanie Danburg; Patricia Debney; Susan Elderkin; Katherine E. Finkelstein; Bo Fowler; Jim Gleeson; Ralph Goldswain; Joanne Gooding; Sarah Gracie; Thomas Guest; Stephanie Hale; Claire Hamburger; Jane Harris; David Harold; Kaylois Henry; Sue Hubbard; Ralph Hughes; Matthew Humphreys; Karin Hurst; Mick Jackson; Janette Jenkins; David Kirkup; Toshiro Kuwabara; Nic Laight; Toby Litt; Jacqui Lofthouse; Cormac McCarthy; Francis Mead; Sue Nash; Derek Neale; Stephanie Newell; Chris Norton; Jeremy Page; Martha Perkins; John Pheby; Bonnie Powell; Tasha Pym; Mark Radcliffe; Judith Rawnsley; Joanne Reardon; David Rhymes; Matthew Singh-Toor; Kate Slattery; Matthew Whyman.

LIT/CW/3 Malcolm Bradbury's foreign conferences and tours 1959, 1984-1993 Contains printed ephemera, press-cuttings, correspondence and MS notes from conferences, seminars and lecturing tours attended by Malcolm Bradbury: The Conference on World Affairs, held at the University of Colorado. Material relates to the 1959, 1984 and 1986 conferences. A Writers' Conference in Rotterdam in October 1986.

The second Wheatland Conference on Literature, in Lisbon in May 1988. Material also relates to the 1987 conference in Washington.

A New Zealand tour in September 1989 where Bradbury presented the Mobil-Dominion Sunday Times short story award. He also gave guest lectures at Universities throughout the country.

The Australian National Word Festival, 1993. Bradbury was also invited to the launch of the University of Canberra's national writing centre in 1993.

Material also relates to the 1991 festival.

The 7th International Ibsen Seminar in Grinstad, Norway.

Administrative / Biographical History

UEA's MA Creative Writing Course was founded by Sir Malcolm Bradbury (1932-2000) and Sir Angus Wilson (1913-1991) in 1970. The course was offered by the former School of English and American Studies (EAS) and its first candidate was English novelist Ian McEwan.

EAS was dissolved on 1 August 2004 and three new schools came into existence: Literature and Creative Writing (LIT), Film and Television Studies (FTV) and American Studies (AMS).

Further restructuring occurred in subsequent years and the course is now offered by the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing (LDC).


LIT/CW MA Creative Writing Course

  • LIT/CW/1 Screenwriting course 1989-1993
  • LIT/CW/2 Short story writing 1991-1995
  • LIT/CW/3 Malcolm Bradbury's foreign conferences and tours 1959, 1984-1993
  • LIT/CW/4 MA Creative Writing students supervised by Prof Malcolm Bradbury 1973-1977
  • LIT/CW/5 David Wong Creative Writing Fellowship 1987-1988
  • LIT/CW/6 Journals and press articles, 1974-1993
  • LIT/CW/7 Printed ephemera 1986-1995
  • LIT/CW/8 M.A. Creative Writing Course - administration [19--]-1995
  • LIT/CW/9 M.A. Creative Writing Course - future of 1982-1989
  • LIT/CW/10 M.A. Creative Writing Course - notes [19--]
  • LIT/CW/11 Creative writing works 1969, 1987-1992
  • LIT/CW/12 Launch of the UEA Creative writing anthology 'Class Work', 1995
  • LIT/CW/13 Correspondence 1974-1994
  • LIT/CW/14 Malcolm Bradbury memorial trust 2002
  • LIT/CW/15 MA Dissertations, 1979-1997

Access Information

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Conditions Governing Use

Reproductions can be supplied in hard copy or digital format subject to physical condition and the terms of deposit. A charge is made for this service. Copyright restrictions may apply and the advice of the Archives department should be sought for any use of reproductions other than personal research.

Custodial History

The files forming this collection were deposited by Sir Malcolm Bradbury in 2000.

Since 2015 this collection is incorporated in the British Archive for Contemporary Writing (BACW).