After Brexit: Life without ERASMUS+ European Association of Creative Writing Programmes

Chair: Derek Neale, NAWE & The Open University


Gale Burns, University of Kingston. Vice-President of the European Association of Creative Writing Programmes

Ana Guerberof, Escola d’escriptura de Barcelona, EACWP

Andrea Holland, University of East Anglia

There have been exciting initiatives in recent years in collaborations across Europe in the teaching of Creative Writing – enriching the writing traditions of institutes involved. These include teachers’ exchanges, exchanges of students, joint summer schools, accreditation arrangements, research projects, European Pedagogical conferences – many supported by ERASMUS +. This panel aims to describe the opportunities now available and consider the challenges posed by Brexit.

Ana Guerberof holds a PhD in Translation and Intercultural Studies. She teaches writing and copy-editing to writers in the Spanish language at the creative writing school in Barcelona —Escola d’Escriptura de l’Ateneu Barcelonès. She is also an associate professor at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and at Universitat Pompeu Fabra where she teaches translation and technology.

Derek Neale is a novelist, short story and script writer; he is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at The Open University where he chairs the new writing MA and is lead Educator on the Start Writing Fiction MOOC. His publications include The Book of Guardians (Salt 2012), Life Writing (Taylor Francis 2016), Writing Fiction (Routledge 2016), A Creative Writing Handbook (A&C Black/Bloomsbury 2009).

Gale Burns is writer in residence at both the Sydenham Arts Festival and Kingston University, where he teaches Creative Writing. He convenes the long-running Shuffle poetry series in London, and was a 2012 Hawthornden Fellow. He has published three pamphlets and a collection is due this year. His work has been translated into French, Romanian, Slovenian and Arabic. He is the Vice-President of the European Association of Creative Writing Programmes.

Thursday 6th July, 9.30