Writing Course: 7 July - 2 August 2014
you would like to apply, please download the
2014 application form and follow the instructions given. Please
also contact our
administrator for additional information.
on our Masterclasses, Seminars, and Readings, please read below. Please
visit the SUISS Social
and Cultural Programme for
additional evening events.
Creative Writing Masterclass with poet John Burnside at SUISS 2009
Our Creative Writing course
is one of the most exciting and diverse courses available in Britain.
This course makes the most of the experience of the leading talents
in the vibrant culture of contemporary British and Irish literature.
The intensive three-week course provides experience in a wide range
of genres, including fiction, poetry, drama and screen-writing, and
in subgenres such as crime fiction, science fiction and life-writing.
It offers developing writers a dynamic and supportive environment
in which to further their skills. The guest writers in 2013
included Zoe Strachan, Ian Rankin, Vivian French, Candia McWilliam,
Maxwell, each of whom led Masterclasses in various writing genres.
Creative Writing at SUISS also offers its participants the unique opportunity
to attend exciting events organised to coincide with the Edinburgh
International Book Festival.
The academic programme offers students:
- Workshop Seminars: SUISS tutors lead small
group writing seminars catered to students' writing interests.
- Masterclasses: Prominent contemporary British
writers offer, according to students' interests, an opportunity to
engage in unique discussions and activities.
- Lectures: Students attend the Modernism and Scottish
Literature course lectures to gain additional perspectives of critical
- Individual Mentor Sessions: Students receive
1 hour per week of individualised tutoring by SUISS tutors.
- Publishing Lecture: A Literary Agent identifies
key aspects of the publishing industry in an exclusive lecture for
- International editorial groups: According to shared interests,
students discuss their work with their peers in an informal, interactive
SUISS Creative Writing Publication
, a collection of work from the SUISS Creative
The SUISS Creative Writing
course offers its students the opportunity to publish their work in
the School's collection of new writing, Northern Light. This
is a biannual publication and it includes some of the best work produced
by the Creative Writing students during their three weeks in Edinburgh.
The third volume is out now and you can buy it online by clicking
Several former SUISS students
have since had their work published in other places as well and have
often gone on to pursue a promising writing carreer. Some of them can
be found here.