Creative Writing

Welcome to our story-telling community of practice!

Did you know? Middlesex University was the first UK university to introduce a Creative Writing course at undergraduate level, in 1991-92? It was called ‘Writing and Publishing’, and established by Susanna Gladwin, who had been teaching English Literature since the 1960s, when Middlesex was still a Polytechnic. Read more about the UK's history of teaching Creative Writing here.



CREW HQ is Middlesex University’s open platform for all those interested in creative writing and story-telling, no matter the discipline you prefer, whether it’s computer gaming, poetry, short story writing, novels, creative non-fiction, genre writing, literary fiction, role-playing games, comic books, journalistic narratives, whatever your stripe!

All are welcome.

Here, you’ll find members who are professional writers, hobbyists, readers-who-dabble-with-writing, leisure writers, younger writers, those who represent schools, teachers of writing, agents, publishers, and more. All are here to share their passion, knowledge and experience. We hope there’s something for everyone! Don’t be shy – after all, you get out what you put in.

Upcoming Events



Job Fair


How to become a successful scriptwriter


Middlesex University Writing Competition

Our Team

Adam has published four novels, two non-fiction books (Masks: Blackness, Race and the Imagination and Democracy in Britain: A Reader), short stories and many articles and reviews for the national press. He also worked for a number of years as a Producer/Writer/Director of documentary films for British and international broadcasters. His academic research has centred on cognitive approaches to the arts and the relation between literature and philosophy.


Adam Lively,

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

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