We are a community of award-winning novelists, poets and playwrights. Literature at Essex has a great tradition of nurturing writers and thinkers. From past giants such as Robert Lowell, Ted Berrigan and Ben Okri who have shaped literature as we know it, to prize-winning contemporary writers such as Professors Derek Walcott and Marina Warner, Essex has always attracted people who are at the heart of defining and redefining literature. It's no wonder we are ranked among the top 200 departments on the planet according to the QS World University Ranking (2017). Taught by leading academic specialists, a unique approach deepens your knowledge of literary tradition across a variety of modes and genres to develop your practical skills of expression and invention. Our modules lead you into varied modes of writing through planned readings and writing exercises, expanding your techniques as well as critical judgement of your own work.