Writing the city

- creative writing workshop on urban landscapes and the literary flâneur/flâneuse

Apply now (applications close 20 April 2021)

A practical, one-week creative writing course that enables you to develop your own original literary work in response to the urban environment. We contextualise the writer in the city by examining such concepts as the literary flâneuse as urban explorer and the poetics of place, as well as exploring some of the narratives of the built environment and the ways in which the wild takes root in the city. It is a chance to learn about the wider context of urban and experimental writing through seminars, workshops and the production of literary non-fiction, fiction, poetry or hybrid work.

Glasgow is a vibrant creative city with a thriving artistic scene that embraces numerous forms and disciplines – especially writing. It is also a city with incredible built heritage, including medieval houses from the 15th century, an atmospheric Victorian necropolis, enough parks to earn it the literary nickname ‘the dear green place’, hidden murals by Alasdair Gray, and the stunning Gothic university at which this course is based. The Creative Writing programme at University of Glasgow is the oldest and most prestigious in Scotland, with a strong ethos of encouraging a supportive community of writers and an openness to form and genre.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent)
  • you should be currently enrolled at an international higher education institution.

If your first language is not English, you must meet our minimum proficiency level:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training) overall score of 7.0
  • we also accept equivalent scores in other recognised qualifications such as ibTOEFL, CAE, CPE and more
  • visit eligibility

This is a guide, for further information email internationalsummerschools@glasgow.ac.uk


  • Creative writing portfolio (3,000 words) – 80%
  • Reflective piece of writing (800 words) – 20%
(word counts are for prose; equivalences for poetry and hybrid forms to be agreed with tutor)

What will you learn?

Key themes/topics to be covered:

  • Creative writing in non-fiction, experimental and hybrid genres
  • Close reading of short texts/extracts from relevant works
  • Urban fiction
  • The flâneur and flâneuse; cities and gender
  • The poetics of place
  • Experimental writing 
  • Writers and the city

On completion of this you will be able to:

  • Describe and analyse the role of place in informing literature relating to the urban environment
  • Evidence skills in the composition of original creative work
  • Critique samples of creative work through close reading and discussion