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English: Exploring The Relationship Between Creative & Critical Writing With Dr Thomas Karshan From University of East Anglia

3rd October 2023 @ 10:30 - 11:30

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Dr Thomas Karshan is an Associate Professor at the University of East Anglia, a leading department in the UK for creative writing. He is an expert on Vladimir Nabokov, modernism, and the relation between creative and critical writing, which will be the subject of his talk.

How can you become a better literary critic by trying your hand at creative writing? And how can you develop as a creative writer by studying literature?

Before the twentieth century the distinction between creative writing and literary criticism was not so clear as it seems to us. Students imitated and re-wrote authors, in a technique called ‘imitatio’ which was central to Shakespeare’s education.

In this workshop, students will learn about and practice games of imitation, parody, and re-writing, showing students how they have formed the literature we study, and how they can use them in their own creation and criticism.


Lecturer Profile (Please Click): Dr Thomas Karshan


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Suitable for: Year 12 & 13 students (and equivalent) studying, or with a possible interest in studying, Literature, Creative Writing and related disciplines.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider the topic in advance (and, for those curious, this article offers further context to the session). Students can also think about questions they have about studying at university level.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans (similar to Zoom) and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:


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3rd October 2023
10:30 - 11:30
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